Category: Commercial Landscaping

Caterpillar to Butterfly – From mould to beautiful pots

We love custom projects and seeing collaborative design ideas transform from initial sketches to a beautiful final product and the 1200 custom bowls for Robina Town Centre, Gold Coast, was no exception.


When asked to add offset line detail to one of our classic pot shapes we leapt at the challenge.


Mould-making requires literal out of the box thinking whereby we approach pot manufacture from the outside in. This blog shares the creative journey from pot design to installation to give you a sneak-peak of what some of our custom pot manufacturing steps entail.


We are also proud to hand-manufacture to order right here in Australia.

Design to Mould

The final design is transformed into a plug (pattern) which forms the internal shape of the mould.

Silicone is applied and a fibreglass shell follows.

The mould is now ready for our GRC (Glass-fibre reinforced concrete) production process.

Final Touches and Delivery

Once the pots have cured they move to our detailing department to ensure that each pot complies to our stringent quality control procedures before they are wrapped and prepared for delivery.

The completed pots look great once installed and compliment the interior styling theme.


We had a lot of fun with this custom design project and look forward to sharing more of our designs and projects with you in future.


For any custom design and manufacturing queries contact our office on 02 6672 1190 or send an email to sales@quatrodesign.com.au, we’d be delighted to assist with your next project.

Quatro Design – where landscape meets architecture

Brisbane’s Fringe Bar reborn as The Osbourne Hotel

The Fringe Bar in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley has been a local landmark for the past 15 years.  Its now been reborn as The Osbourne Hotel, reverting to its original name when the hotel was opened way back in 1864.

The newly-renovated Hotel has a 400-seat bistro and beer garden that features Quatro Design hemispherical bowls made in GRC concrete hanging from the glass-ceiling. Plants drape over the rims of the the bowls as part of the tropical, natural light-filled ambiance.

The charcoal-coloured GRC bowls were custom-made by Quatro Design.  They are attached to the ceiling beams by means of aluminium centre posts that have been powder-coated to a matching colour.  

 

Barangaroo

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.

George Street Transformation in Sydney CBD

 

If you’ve visiting the Sydney CBD soon, look out for Sydney Light Rail’s transformation of George Street which includes seventy-five Quatro Design GRC planter boxes.  

In October we were approached by Sydney Light Rail to supply  75 custom planter boxes before the end of November.  We said we could do it within the timeframe, and received the go-ahead in late October.  This meant fabricating four moulds for the metre x metre x metre planters on 75mm high feet, and then making four planters  per day.  Delivery required two semi-truck loads.  The planters were delivered on schedule, installed and planted out ready for the opening on 5 December.

Here’s two videos showing the George Street transformation.


green wall planters grace new industrial residential block

George & Allen, designed by Turner Studio, is a series of four new apartment buildings in Sydney.  Its located on the corner of George and Allen streets in Waterloo. Its design style references the legacy of the site and traditional brick warehouses of the area. Lush courtyards comprise the three intervening spaces, while facades have vertical gardens providing a natural screen to the corridors.

Working with Junglefy who specialise in green wall design, plantings & maintenance, Quatro Design supplied custom GRC tall narrow green wall planters for this project. These planters house a number of climbers, running along a maze of intertwined wires.  They would eventually create a living green wall along the internal stairwells and corridors.

where the river runs

What a wonderful design from PENDA for The 10th China International Garden Expo. “Sustainability” at its best, the gardens focus on water is highlighted in it’s location, held in Wuhan, a city located at the intersection of the Yangtze and Han rivers, the project reflects the historical and cultural connection between this region and water. Check out more here http://landarchs.com/omg-after-having-experienced-where-the-river-runs-by-penda-you-will-never-see-the-world-in-the-same-way-again/

 

the streets of barangaroo

Barangaroo is Sydney’s newest neighbourhood, and many of the streets within are quite literally the city’s newest roads. The first building was completed in July 2015, when the first section of Barangaroo was opened.

As tenants started moving in so to did the streets start to open to pop-up food vendors and a trickling of restaurants and bars. To aid in the greening of what is still a construction area, Quatro Design was commissioned to supply a number of its Civic planters in painted finishes, the largest being the 2000 Civic square planter. These colourful break-out areas enable people to sit and enjoy the views and sample the neighbourhood street food.

Further sections of the South precinct will progressively open until its fully completed in 2021.

the langham hotel sydney

The Langham Hotel, which has won almost every prestigious domestic and international award, is a superb urban retreat known for its tranquil, boutique ethos, recently underwent extensive refurbishments to the tune of $30 million. A complete redevelopment of the lobby, dining areas, guest rooms and ballrooms saw London based design firm GA Design transform the hotel with classical & elegant design aesthetics and most importantly opening up the hotel to magnificent harbour views.

Building works were overseen by ICMG and Quatro Design was proud to be a part of the finishes schedule, including numerous GRC planters including window planter boxes on the Kent St entrance, and cube & trough planters boxes on the harbour side balconies. A single custom designed painted grc planter at the centre of the formal dining room was a hit with the design team and a few others have been commissioned for this project.

For a truly memorable stay in Sydney be sure to check into The Langham at www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/sydney/