Moonee Ponds under local Government City of Moonee Valley, is a lovely inner city suburb in Melbourne. It is perhaps best known for football, Queen’s Park, as the birth-place of Steve Irwin and the home of the fictitious character Dame Edna Everage. Everage Street was named in her honour.
City of Moonee Valley ordered a collection of our charcoal U Bowls earlier this year to beautify Puckle Street. There is a variety of retail outlets and eateries in this main thoroughfare, and the introduction of landscape pots and greenery has had a positive impact on the local community’s shopping experience.
A collection of small flowering shrubs and groundcovers in grey, mauve, lilac and white tones compliment the u-shape and charcoal colour of the pots. Polygala sp,brachyscombe sp, evolvulus sp and dichondra sp were clustered in the bowls, and their varying heights and creeping habits soften the surrounding street-scape.
We look forward to visiting Moonee Ponds again to see how the pots and plants are faring.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
Its not quite pebbles in the pool, but the new Fleurieu Regional Aquatic Centre in the South Australian town of Victor Harbour has plenty of our Pebble seats scattered throughout the landscaping.
We made the Pebbles in glassfibre reinforced concrete (GRC) using pure white cement and white sand so they’re naturally white. We think they look really cool, and they will also be cooler to sit on during hot sunny days. White reflects heat better and absorbs less heat than other colours.
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.
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.
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.
A new addition to the Quatro product range is the Flinders street furniture collection manufactured in GRC (glass fibre reinforced concrete). Designed by acclaimed Australian designer Alex Lotersztain in collaboration with Street & Garden Furniture, the Flinders Collection was originally produced in precast concrete for the Flinders St revitalisation in Townsville.
Modular in nature, the collection offers an array of seat combinations that can be linked to create flow within the outdoor space. Benches come in varying lengths, some with 90 or 120 degree angled returns. Options include recessed timber seat sections, timber seats spanning between benches, and one bench with lightbox seating.
These modular benches complement many contemporary urban design projects. For more information, contact us by phone or email.