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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.

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/

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. 

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.

madame brussels lane

Located at 50 Lonsdale St in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD lies Madam Brussels Lane. A revitalized retail precinct named after the notorious Melburnian, Madame Brussels, brothel owner and resident of Lonsdale Street.

It was a delight to work with Place Partners in helping to create a vibrant urban space using planters and street furniture from our GEM range. The brightly coloured GEM pieces stand alongside some of our trough and cube planters with custom timber details. Huge 1200 x 1200 cube planters had timber bench seats attached, while smaller scale trough planters had timber ‘slips’ made for an outer covering, adding warmth to a predominantly concrete environment.

We look forward to revisiting this space when the plantings become a little more established. Beautiful, fun, vibrant work!

glassfibre reinforced concrete finishes

Here at Quatro Design we have been making glassfibre reinforced concrete (GRC) pots and planters boxes for over a decade and in the last 12 months we have seen an enormous shift in the desire for unique finishes. Textured, painted, high-gloss, earthen, we’ve even played with a wood-grain finish, here are a few examples of what can be achieved with a GRC product.

PITTED FINISH – this surface treatment is achieved by coating the mould in a mix of rock salt and wax, once the pot is cured and removed from the mould the rock salt and wax mix is washed off with a high pressure hose leaving this stunning organic, molten, aged surface.

MOULD LINERS – this finish is achieved by using one of Reckli’s Rough Cast liners. Check out the amazing range of designs available here http://www.reckli.net/formliner/designs/

PAINTED – GRC can be successfully painted in any colour although some will be easier to maintain than others (ie scuffing on a matt finish) and it is recommended if the planter is outside to choose a suitable UV resistant paint. Our most popular painted finish at the moment is a matt terracotta look which is used predominantly on the SOUL planter, a traditional flowerpot shape. The vibrant, earthen orange teamed with the huge sale of these pots is eye-catching and fun. While rust-effect paints are still popular in the designer bowl and U bowl ranges.

TIMBER CLAD – only recently were we commissioned to make a timber clad planter, consisting of a full GRC inner, with a timber panelled sheath to go over the top. The end result is not only visually stunning but also a great way to increase the longevity of the timber as it doesn’t come into direct contact with the soil.

I’m thinking a rose gold metallic finish on a U bowl is next on my wishlist! Stay tuned.

flowerpots for Westfield Garden City

The Westfield designers were adamant they didn’t want to use rotomolded plastic flowerpots in the redevelopment of Westfield Garden City.  They wanted the oversized flowerpots to have the authentic look and feel of terracotta. 

We already had a flowerpot planter in our product range at just the right size diameter – 1240mm.   But they wanted to reduce the height slightly, from 1200mm down to 1040mm.  No problemo!  We could build a false floor in the mould to reduce the product height by 160mm. 

What about the terracotta look and feel?  We would make the pots in GRC (glassfibre reinforced concrete) using a terracotta-coloured oxide for the base colour, and then apply several coats of Megatreat Terracotta paint. Megatreat is made using ground-up terracotta, and so the applied paint has the look and feel of real terracotta. 

We’re now in the final stages of painting the flowerpots, and they really do have the look and feel of terracotta.  They’ll be installed in August.  If you’re visiting Westfield Garden City (Mount Gravatt, Brisbane) after then, check them out for yourself.