As a part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability, we have recently completed a National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) energy assessment for our office fit out; achieving a total of 6 Stars (including 50% GreenPowerTM) or 5.5 Stars (not including GreenPowerTM). As defined by NABERS, this indicates ‘market-leading performance’
The details of our assessment can be found at the link below:
As part of the Canberra Centenary celebrations (March 8 – April 7 2013), Stage 2 of the new terminal at the Canberra International Airport will be opened to the public on March 13th.
The new works feature the 14m high glass fin supported frameless glazed façade, triangular glass bridge in the main lobby and hung glass airlocks; engineered by Surface Design.
Photos of the final works being completed on site can be found at the link below:Read more...
The opening of the National Arboretum was celebrated at Tuggeranong Parkway, Weston Creek ACT on February 2nd 2013; in time for the beginning of the celebrations of the Canberra centenary. The Arboretum was originally envisaged by Walter Burleigh-Griffin, the designer of Canberra, 100 years ago and was finally put into development by the ACT government in 2005. The first plantings occurred in 2006 and the development of the site has culminated in the completion of the village centre in early 2013.
Information on the opening festival can be found on the link below
The Arboretum is now open to the public 7 days a week for walking tours and a range of events. Full details can be found at the website:Read more...
From all of us at Surface Design, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We would like to thank you for your support throughout 2012 and look forward to working with you in 2013.
Surface Design has continued our support for the Starlight Childrens Foundation. Please click here to donate
Please note that our office will be closed for Christmas Break from the 21st of December 2012 until the 14th of January 2013
On 8th December 2012 Watpac Construction lifted and installed the first steel frame that will form the sky-garden and support the reflectors at One Central Park. This will form a unique architectural feature to the project including optimal views of the city, with a BBQ and recreational area.
Over the following week the installation of the rest of the frames will be completed.
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On Saturday 24 November, the Arboretum will be hosting the 2012 Voices in the Forest event, followed by a dinner in the Visitor Centre. The dinner will be attended by a significant number of the people involved in the Arboretum, including the board, clients, builder, the project designers and Surface Design. This event is being viewed as an unofficial opening of the Visitor Centre. Anyone is welcome to attend and share in the celebration of this project.
Following is a link to the ticketing website. Please pass this suggestion along to anyone you think might be interested.Read more...
Surface Design congratulate our partners Equinix, John Holland and Aurecon in winning ADAPTIVE RE-USE OF AN HISTORIC BUILDING over $20m for the design and delivery of 1960s Harry Seidler designed heritage listed government stores warehouse
Surface Design acted as the LEED Accredited Profession for the project and on behalf of both John Holland for construction and Aurecon for design working closely with the client. The project was awarded LEED gold rating earlier this year
This is a significant achievement as the project is the first data centre in Australia to achieve a LEED Gold rating. The award is particularly important in promoting the Sustainable Reuse of our existing building resources
Surface Design congratulates Lindsay Bennelong and FDC for the their MBA award in Communications Buildings for the Gore Hill Project. Surface Design has a long involvement in the Gore Hill site through various stages including providing advice on the building fabric for the Data centreRead more...
The annual Sculpture by the Sea kicked off last weekend featuring over 100 sculptures lining the 2km Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk. Surface Design are proud to have helped with the engineering of “Kaleidescope Cube” a pod of 16 mirror-like towers designed by Alex Ritchie.
The sculpture consists of 16 columns positioned in a cube arrangement and cladded with a mirror-like composite panel. Located on the sands of Tamarama beach, the sculpture gives an interesting play with reflection and light appearing to dissolve with its surroundings.
Open from Thursday 18th of October to Sunday 4th November, make a day of it, the event is free.Read more...
The fit-out of the GPT headquarters has been awarded all six of the targeted Green Star stars. Located in the iconic MLC centre, which was constructed in the 1980’s, this landmark refurbishment employed innovative ideas and technologies in order to create an effectively carbon neutral working environment. More information on the GPT fit-out can be found on the projects page under sustainability.Read more...
As Surface Design grows and develops we continue to create links and contacts throughout our industry and with academia.
We are participating in the ‘Independents Group’ (http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/STUDY/RESEARCHCLUSTERS/independents.php) set up by the Architectural Association School of Architecture (UK).
Our invitation to this association has been through the local ‘Independents Group’ team coordinated and led by the RMIT’s Spatial Information Architecture school (http://www.sial.rmit.edu.au/) in Melbourne.
We look forward to continuing our participation in this collaboration through input into innovative projects with the aim of benefiting society for the future.Read more...