Category: Bowl Planters

Normanby Hotel

Quatro Design Normanby Hotel

The Normanby Hotel has been a Brisbane landmark for 129 years. Following the sale and refurbishment of this heritage-listed building earlier this year, the Normanby Hotel successfully re-opened in September.

The newly renovated space pays homage to the Hotel’s roots by offering a contemporary clubhouse experience. Brisbane’s pub-culture has boomed in recent years and The Normanby Hotel is the latest of Brisbane’s iconic and long-standing watering holes to receive an upgrade. Punters are spoilt for choice with a beer garden and screen for sporting events, lounge areas made for sunset cocktails, bistro style dining areas and a VIP lounge.

Form Landscape Architecture, inspired by the Hotel’s rich history and local culture, designed all green spaces to compliment the contemporary clubhouse theme.

The talented Martin Brothers team were responsible for the installation. Their creative and innovative approach to all their projects sets them apart, and they are well on their way to achieve their vision of becoming the most successful landscape business in Queensland. This project was no exception.

Trees were planted into our U Bowl, Cylinder and Soul Seat planters to create shade and add greenery to the outdoor dining area, and at night string lights create a welcoming and intimate atmosphere.

Quatro Design white cylinder planter at the Normanby Hotel

Timber bench tops were added to the tops of 1200 Tall and 1500 Tall U Bowls as well as 1200 Tall Cylinder planters to create unique bar tables. The central 2200 Soul seat planter was softened with inviting red cushions. Additional greenery in troughs, hanging baskets and pot clusters enhance the interior styling theme.

Quatro Design white soul seat planter at the Normanby Hotel

The Normanby Hotel has gone from strength to strength since re-opening and we look forward to seeing the plants and envisioned landscape mature.

Quatro Design white u bowls at the Normanby Hotel


Martin Brothers

Gold Coast Airport

Quatro Design U Bowls

Gold Coast Airport is one of Australia’s fastest growing airports, welcoming over 6.5 million passengers every year. Its unique location services both South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

In 1936 the current site was selected for use as an emergency landing ground for flights between Sydney and Brisbane, with the first regular passenger transport service commencing in 1939. The airport has grown in leaps and bounds from its humble beginnings and recognises its key role in Gold Coast tourism and other business activities.

As part of its ongoing growth, the airport also offers a range of parking and transport options, including the Skybus Gold Coast Airport Shuttle, connecting the airport to Gold Coast’s most popular tourist locations.

A cluster of Quatro Design’s U Bowl planters were used to add greenery and soften the waiting area next to the Sky Bus and Airport Shuttle collection and drop-off points, conveniently located next to the terminal.

Quatro Design U Bowls at Gold Coast Airport

Quatro Design supplied 1500 Tall, 1200 Medium, and 900 Low U Bowl Planters in white. The U Bowls were planted with hardy tropical plants that add interest, texture, and height to the hard surfaces of the parking area. Shade net provides a reprieve from hot Gold Coast days whilst passengers wait to be collected.

Quatro Design U Bowls at Gold Coast Airport

The over-sized 1500 tall u bowls make quite the statement and it is easy to see why our U Bowl range of planters is so popular.

Quatro Design – Where landscape meets architecture


Barangaroo has come a long way since the massive development within the Sydney CBD began several years ago.  This past week I was down in Sydney, and while walking through the lane ways in the area I saw several Quatro Design planter products.  Firstly, there were numerous 1200 Designer Bowls, oftentimes nested with pots of varied styles and made of different materials.  The contrast in styles works well together.

Then there’s the Pocket Park featuring a range of our Civic square and trough planter boxes.  We supplied these several years ago for a temporary garden area during the Barangaroo construction phase. Now the planters have been re-purposed in the Pocket Park.  They’ve been repainted in bright colours, and now sit amidst the outdoor ping pong tables and street furniture.  It all looks very chic and cool.

Quatro Bowl outside Reserve Bank of Australia

Whenever Chris or I go down to Sydney we aim to photograph projects where Quatro Design products have been installed.  This week it was Chris’ turn, and he visited 65 Martin Place, home of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Earlier this year, the RBA contacted us to order a 2300 Designer Bowl, the largest in our Designer Bowl collection.  They also wanted the bowl to come in Rust Effect which we achieved by painting the bowl with a rust effect speciality paint containing iron particles.  Following painting, an activator is applied to the iron-rich surface.  This causes a chemical reaction whereby the iron is converted into iron oxide — in other words, rust.  

The ‘rusty’ Designer bowl is now located at ground level along the Macquarie Street side of the RBA building.  It’s been planted out with a Dragon Tree.  We think the two go well together.

Stockland Green Hills LED trees

The amazing LED trees in the newly-opened dining precinct at Stockland’s Green Hills shopping centre incorporate 1800mm diameter Designer Bowls made by Quatro Design.  

The LED trees with the planted-out Quatro bowls mounted on top look pretty good by day, but at night they really come alive providing a spectacular light show.  Click here to see a video of the area on the opening night.

Quatro Super Bowl collection

When it comes to planter pots, we probably make the biggest in the world.  Up until recently our largest pot was the 2.2 metre diameter U Bowl at 1 metre high.

But here at Quatro Design, we like to push the boundaries in manufacturing GRC planters.  We’ve now released our new supersize bowl collection– ranging from 1.6 metres diameter up to a whopping 3 metres in diameter!

So what to call this new bowl collection?  Renee in Accounts suggested calling them ‘Sumo’ bowls while Chris who is one of the Quatro Design owners came up with ‘Mega’ bowls.  Then our estimator, Justin, topped the list with ‘super bowls’.  So Justin wins — we’re calling it the ‘Super Bowl‘ collection.

Quatro Super Bowls are now available to order.

lourdes hill college

Lourdes Hill College located in Hawthorn, an inner eastern suburb of Brisbane, received a new extension earlier this year and Quatro Design was approached to supply & install planters in the beautification and greening of the new outdoor spaces created. An array of Quatro U bowls, Cylinder, & Cube planters were painted in shades of blue, positioned on site and planted out with a variety of species including olives & magnolias.

quatro planters stand out at the star

Many who have visited The Star Casino at Darling Harbour in Sydney will have seen the large Quatro Designer Bowls at the front entrance to the building.  More recently Quatro planters were installed on the rooftop deck areas as part of the Casino’s upgrade.

The installation of over 50 planters required five semi truck-loads to deliver to site.  It included four of our 2.3 metre Designer Bowls plus many 1.5 metre diameter planters from our U-Bowl range.  All were painted in bright red colours.

 The Quatro Design planters were specified by Occulus Landscape Architects, and were installed by Regal Innovations.

not only for plants

As it starts to warm up here in Queensland thoughts turn to keeping cool, and we find ourselves asking, “do I bite the bullet and install a swimming pool this summer?”

Our resident all-rounder, Bruce, has the perfect solution. Last summer he turned one of our large 1200 designer bowls into a one man swimming hole, before planting it up and turning it into this tropical oasis. Check out these pics to see how lush his garden grows!

quatro planters at sydney airport hotel

Tom Cassar at 360º Landscape Architects has sent me these images of the 1500 Designer bowls we recently supplied for the new Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel.  The hotel is located in the new International Airport precinct, just a minute’s walk from the international terminal.

We also supplied a 2300 Designer bowl for the hotel which is located in the main foyer.