Category: Custom Design

SOFFA GRC Lounge Suite

Former Australian Minister Paul Keating grew up in the Sydney suburb of Bankstown.  Today, Paul Keating Park within the City of Canterbury Bankstown honours his connection to the area.  A new addition to the Park is an outdoor lounge suite made in GRC concrete by Quatro Design.

Back in late 2016, we were contacted by the Council about making outdoor furniture for an “Outdoor reading room” in the Park adjacent to the Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre.  The concept called for three-seater and single-seater sofas made in concrete.  We came up with several design options, one of which was accepted by the Council and subsequently ordered and made.   

Landscape Architect Adrian Webster at Canterbury Bankstown Council has sent us a photo of the installed seats.  He commented that the seats are being ‘well used’.  

The single-seater and three-seater sofas, together with a matching footstool, are now standard Quatro Design products.  We’ve called the collection ‘Soffa’ which is the Swedish word for ‘sofa’.

 

 

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.


maryborough street revitalization

Maryborough, nestled on the Mary River in Queensland, boasts a relaxed atmosphere and beautifully preserved colonial streets.  The town is steeped in history with the original wharf district now home to vintage restaurants, pubs, museums and art galleries.

Under the Fraser Coast Council, Maryborough recently underwent a revitalisation program which saw the downtown area undergo major works to restore some of the city’s historic buildings and shopfronts.

Quatro Design manufactured custom GRC planters and street furniture elements for the project. The seats from the Flinders range incorporated  decorative panels and bronze sculptures playing tribute to Maryborough’s rich history which includes the birthplace of Pamela Lyndon Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins.

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.

elements of byron bay resort

Quatro Design is proud to have been involved with Elements of Byron, a new resort and spa development located in Byron Bay.   

Opening in early February 2016, Elements of Byron takes architectural inspiration from the native flora and fauna of the area. Organic and feminine in form, the low impact single-story pavilion blurs with its surroundings, with the landscape and interiors typically Australian in style.

The Byron region is home to many great artists, glass blowers to ceramicists and painters, with the resort commissioning several of these local artists to produce work in various media. In keeping with the desire to keep all things ‘authentically Byron’, Quatro Design in nearby Murwillumbah produced various GRC (glassfibre reinforced concrete) elements for the project’s outdoor spaces.  These included a 2.3 metre diameter fire-pit, pool-side stools and side tables, and Quatro’s new ‘Avocado’ seat in in the day spa.  All were made in a colour palette inspired by the resort’s unique natural surroundings.

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/

pacific bondi beach

Pacific Bondi Beach is located on Campbell Parade, immediately behind the world-famous Bondi Surf Club and beach. The project sees the redevelopment of the old Swiss Grand Hotel site.  It combines luxury residential apartments with a boutique hotel (QT Hotel), and a retail and food precinct.

Quatro Design supplied the planters for a large open courtyard area within the development. These included small and large planters from our U Bowl and Designer Bowl ranges ranging from 650mm up to 2.2 metres in diameter.  We also supplied the planters with custom saucers.

project: westfield garden city

Back in July I blogged about the large terracotta-look flowerpots that we had made for Westfield Garden City in Brisbane.  On Tuesday Sam took a ‘field trip’ to Garden City and took some photos of the pots.  We thought you might like to see them now they’ve been installed.  

Sam also photographed the large ‘egg’ seat planters we made for the project.  These seat planters are an exclusive Westfield product designed by their own design team in Sydney.  We initially made these seat planters in white GRC for the Westfield Carindale refit in 2012.  For this project we again made the seat planters in GRC but with a dark oxide added.  The tops are in Australian hardwood with a dark timber stain. 

custom tree rings for tract

Following our 4 part mould making blog series we finally have the finished, fully installed tree ring. These tree rings were specified & designed by Tract for the Monaco Apartments project in Rhodes, Sydney, and made in 3 sections to form a 4m diameter ring. The overall project included 3 of these tree rings alongside multiple bowls, planters & troughs from the Quatro range.

pods land at cammeraygal high school

Cammeraygal is a new high school on Sydney’s North Shore at Crows Nest.  It was the original site for North Sydney Girls High School when it opened in 1914, and then in more recent years it was one of the seven colleges comprising the Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE NSW. The site is now a regular high school again.  Recent refurbishments by Project Co-Ordination saw Quatro Design provide a number of GRC (glass fibre reinforced concrete) elements for the project, including custom tables & bench seats, multiple units from our POD range in various colours, and standard trough & square planters.