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7 Aug 2017

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Raffles City Changning in Shanghai, China

Construction on Raffles City Changning in Shanghai is complete, unveiling the world-class retail design of acclaimed Australasian architecture firm The Buchan Group.

Raffles City Changning comprises two retail podiums, three office towers and five heritage buildings restored from the former St Mary’s School – the first girls’ school in Shanghai – and will be a lifestyle destination that combines both new buildings and the site’s existing heritage buildings.

Raffles City Changning in Shanghai | www.e-architect.co.uk

The integrated development will feature a large shopping mall, gourmet supermarket, cinema, restaurants and entertainment experiences.

The significant retail project is the second Raffles City development in Shanghai for CapitaLand, one of Asia’s largest real estate companies.

Working collaboratively with P&T Architects from Hong Kong, The Buchan Group was responsible for the planning and interior design of the retail podium.

The Buchan Group Director Phil Schoutrop said CapitaLand wanted to replicate the success of Buchan’s previous work in Shanghai and create a unique mixed-use destination that complements the established culture and history in this western area of Shanghai.

Raffles City Changning interior | www.e-architect.co.uk Raffles City Changning building | www.e-architect.co.uk

“The biggest challenge for this project was the existing site conditions,” Mr Schoutrop said.

“We needed to work around a number of heritage buildings and also the Shanghai Metro for which there are two lines next to, and under, the site.

“The design aims to give the mall a unique elegant style of its own while acknowledging the rich historical heritage of St Mary’s School, the materials and textures of the area, and the changing local urban landscape.

“The mall is divided into two zones by the existing heritage buildings on the site. The ‘Great Lawn’ that sits between the buildings is a large open green space that, combined with the school buildings, forms a unique meeting and gathering space for the residents and customers alike.

“Each part of the mall then houses different uses and spaces for different customers. A mixture of fashion and lifestyle tenants with entertainment, and dining options, combines to create a strong sense of journey and place for the locals and visitors alike,” he said.

The retail component will encompass 114,761m2, almost half of the development’s 260,933m2 total size.

4 July 2017
Buchan Group Design for Launceston Airport Building wins AIA award

Launceston Airport Terminal

The Buchan Group’s design for Launceston Airport Terminal has won the Commercial Award in the 2017 Australian Institute of Architects Awards (Tasmanian Chapter).

Launceston Airport Terminal

The annual Tasmanian Architecture Awards recognise the finest accomplishments of Tasmanian architects. The Commercial Award honours the project judged to showcase excellence in design in the commercial sector.

Launceston Airport Terminal

Commenting on the win, project director and head of design at The Buchan Group, Grant Withers, said it was gratifying for the Buchan Group to be recognised for the quality of their design.

Launceston Airport Terminal Building interior | www.e-architect.co.uk

“The team is excited and honoured to receive this significant award as it highlights our commitment and proven track record in transforming commercial and retail environments.

Launceston Airport Terminal

“It is a very modest project and the design philosophy is simple – moving the terminal closer to the runway so that the public can feel the excitement of air travel. The floor-to-ceiling glass façade creates a big picture window to view the planes take-off and land, surrounded by the striking mountain ranges beyond.

“Our design merges the natural environment with modern retail principles to create a space where every nuance and aesthetic subtlety employed in the design is informed by its deep connection with the landscape and region to improve the visitor experience.”

The jury described the space as celebrating “the typically informal personal welcome that Launceston is proud of.”
Named award winners progress to the National Architecture Awards to be announced in Canberra on Thursday 2 November.

Launceston Airport Terminal

The Tasmanian chapter of the annual Australian Institute of Architecture Awards program offers an opportunity for public and peer recognition of the innovative work of Tasmanian architects. The program also provides the Institute with a valuable mechanism to promote architects and architecture within Tasmania, across Australia and internationally.

Photography © Rachael Dere

25 May 2017

Buchan Group Architects – Recent News

News from the Buchan Group

Vivid Sydney Lloyd Rees Water Fountain, NSW, Australia
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Vivid Sydney Lloyd Rees Water Fountain
People experiencing Sydney’s vibrant nightlife will have chance to experience a whole new side to Martin Place’s landmark Lloyd Rees water fountain during Sydney’s 2017 Vivid festival.

28 Feb 2017
Northcote Hill Townhouses and Apartments, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Northcote Hill Townhouses and Apartments recently reached completion, delivering a residential rarity on the premier hilltop site.

The boutique four storey development for Landream comprises 35 townhouses and nine apartments that capitalise on the sloping site. Positioned near the peak of Northcote Hill, many residences afford panoramic views towards the city and picturesque inner suburban Melbourne.

Northcote Hill Townhouses and Apartments

Project Principal David Forbes said the development offers a unique blend of luxury, convenience and privacy.

“Northcote Hill’s point of difference is the stunning elevated outlook combined with homes designed to the finest detail.

“Add in the quiet, cul-de-sac location within walking distance to the vibrancy of High Street’s cafes, restaurants and shops, and you have the ideal balance for a modern inner urban lifestyle.”

Crafted with liveability in mind, the enduring and contemporary interiors offer open plan living spaces with engineered timber flooring, European appliances and reconstituted stone bench tops.

Each home benefits from a generous courtyard, balcony or terrace and a sense of community is derived from the central private garden. A water feature reflects the development’s elegant contemporary design and presents a quiet, contemplative space for residents.

24 Feb 2017
The Atrium at Greenwood Plaza, North Sydney, NSW, Australia
The Atrium at Greenwood Plaza, North Sydney
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The Atrium at Greenwood Plaza
The Atrium at Greenwood Plaza, completed in March 2016, has been revitalised, transforming the food court into one of the most modern and exciting casual dining precincts in the area.

3 Jan 2017
Buchan reinvents iconic Ekka eatery
Kings Co-op Redevelopment Brisbane
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Kings Co-op Redevelopment Brisbane
The next chapter of the $2.9 billion regeneration of Brisbane’s RNA Showgrounds is underway with the construction of Kings Co-op, a mixed and adaptive re-use development.

20 Dec 2016
Buchan design activates new Hawthorne precinct
Hawthorne Deluxe Precinct in Brisbane
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Hawthorne Deluxe Precinct by The Buchan Group
An old Brisbane dilapidated cottage has been transformed to form the heart of a new entertainment and retail hub called the Hawthorne Deluxe Precinct following a $3.5 million refurbishment and redesign by acclaimed Australasian architectural firm The Buchan Group.

15 Nov 2016
Zuccoli Plaza, Northern Territory, Australia

Buchan extends village lifestyle at Zuccoli

15th of November 2016 – Award-winning Australasian design firm The Buchan Group has applied its expertise in creating vibrant community spaces to the design of Zuccoli Plaza, a village precinct located in the heart of the new Northern Territory masterplanned suburb of Zuccoli.

Zuccoli Plaza Northern Territory

Currently under construction, Zuccoli Plaza will provide a local retail centre integrated with the adjoining park to enhance the village lifestyle for local residents.

The Buchan Group was appointed by The RR Morriss Group in 2014 to provide architectural, interior, graphics branding and signage design services to the project.

Upon completion, the plaza will encompass a total of 3,400sqm of retail space with additional covered areas incorporating seating for residents and community groups to meet.

Buchan Group Senior Associate Anthony Tai said the integration of the surrounding parkland complemented the Zuccoli masterplan concept of providing “a natural edge to village life”.

“The defining architectural idea of Zuccoli Plaza is the creation of a village plaza which connects, integrates, and extends an adjoining park into the site,” he said.

“Zuccoli Plaza is designed as a covered gathering space where a range of community-based activities can be accommodated, further enhancing the village lifestyle of Zuccoli.

“The plaza’s adjoining park is further extended into the site by arbour structures which provide shade and cover to the pedestrian walkways.

“The terraced park interface will act as a seamless transition between the park and plaza and will provide relaxed and comfortable seating for social interaction between local residents.

“A range of active retail spaces and cafes are proposed to surround the plaza and will activate the space and contribute to the visual and cultural vibrancy of the new community.”

Construction of Zuccoli Plaza is anticipated to be completed in late 2016 / early 2017.

7 Nov 2016
Felicity on Felix Apartment Building, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Felicity on Felix Apartment Building at Lutwyche
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Felicity on Felix Apartment Building – 7 Nov 2016
Brisbane’s inner north welcomes an $18 million residential development in Lutwyche.

24 Oct 2016
Stockland Green Hills Retail Hub, East Maitland, Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia
Stockland Green Hills Shopping Centre
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Stockland Green Hills Shopping Centre
Upon completion in May 2018, this retail destination will boast a combined 69,300sqm of retail space, a 900-seat cinema complex and approximately 3,100 car parks.

17 Oct 2016
Grand Central Shopping Centre Building
Grand Central Shopping Centre in Toowoomba
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Grand Central Shopping Centre
Stage One of a $500 m redevelopment has opened, showcasing the design of a new two-level retail galleria precinct.

13 Oct 2016
Chadstone Shopping Centre, Malvern East, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Design: The Buchan Group / CallisonRTKL architects
Chadstone Shopping Centre Malvern East
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Chadstone Shopping Centre
The first stage of Chadstone’s $660 m redevelopment was unveiled today, reinforcing the retail centre’s infinite capacity for reinvention. A striking 7000 square metre grid shell roof presents a milestone in structural design innovation as it arches over the atrium, soaring some 30 metres above the ground.

6 Sep 2016
Mt. Beautiful Tasting Room in Cheviot, South Island, New Zealand
Mt. Beautiful Tasting Room in Cheviot
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Mt. Beautiful Tasting Room in Cheviot
Sympathetic to the timber-themed design of the adjoining Two Rivers Cafe, the fitout uses a blend of natural materials to reflect the environment of the vineyard.

6 + 5 Sep 2016
Five Mile Retail Centre at Queenstown Gateway, South Island, New Zealand
Five Mile Retail Centre Building
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Five Mile Retail Centre
The first stage of the NZ$130 million Five Mile Retail Centre development at the gateway to Queenstown has begun welcoming residents and visitors alike, converting the site from an abandoned eyesore into an enticing state-of-the-art shopping precinct.

17 Aug 2016
Timaru CBD Complex, South Island, New Zealand
Timaru CBD Complex for Bayhill Developments
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Timaru CBD Development
A former hotel in the heart of Timaru will make way for a $42 million hotel, apartment and corporate office complex under a proposal designed by award-winning Australasian architecture firm The Buchan Group.

18 Jul 2016
Buchan Masterplan for Shellharbour Workers Club Development, New South Wales, Australia
Shellharbour Workers Club Development
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Shellharbour Workers Club Building by Buchan Group
Work has begun on a $74 million development masterplan for the Shellharbour Workers Club that will not only transform the long-standing clubhouse, but also deliver an extensive range of new community facilities, from aquatic and fitness centres to a hotel. Established in 1956, the Club moved in 1983 to its current location on an 8ha site on Wattle Road, Shellharbour.

23 Apr 2016
Merdeka PNB 118 Development in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Merdeka Mall Kuala Lumpur
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Merdeka PNB 118 development
The Merdeka PNB 118 development was recently launched by Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, paving the way for a striking new icon on Kuala Lumpur’s skyline.
The 118-storey high tower and shopping mall, by Permodalan Nasional Berhad, will create an arresting landmark for the city.

9 Feb 2016
SKYCITY Entertainment Complex Building, Adelaide, South Australia
Skycity Building
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SKYCITY Building in Adelaide
Planning Approval of the $300m expansion of SKYCITY Adelaide was recently granted. It will feature a luxury hotel, premium gaming spaces and additional signature restaurant options.

17 Nov 2015
Imperial Doncaster, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Imperial Doncaster Melbourne
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Imperial Doncaster
The development, featuring a range of one to three bedroom apartments with a series of large penthouses, is set on a steeply sloping site opposite Westfield Doncaster.

30 Apr 2014
Vivid Sydney festival’s interactive sculpture design by The Buchan Group
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Vivid Sydney Interactive Sculpture
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The Buchan Group design

Architecture in Queensland – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

Southbank on Victoria Apartments, Rockhampton, Queensland – 7 Aug 2013
Design: The Buchan Group
Rockhampton Building
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The property market in Rockhampton is on track for a significant boost, with a $24 m waterfront residential complex on track for completion by late 2014, the first owner/occupier waterfront apartment block to be built in the area since the GFC. Located on the prestigious waterfront Victoria Parade, the ten-storey development consists of 55 apartments, including 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units, and will set the standard for future developments along Rockhampton’s riverfront.

ICSC VIVA Best-of-the-Best Awards, Las Vegas, USA
Organiser: International Council of Shopping Centres
Robina Town Centre Australia
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ICSC VIVA Best-of-the-Best Awards – 3 Jul 2013
The Buchan Group’s work on the Robina Town Centre was initially lauded late last year by the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC), when it won a Gold Design Award in the Design and Development category at the ICSC Asia Pacific Shopping Centre Awards. Now the project has again been acknowledged by the ICSC as an ‘Honoree’ in the same category at its annual VIVA “Best-of-the-Best” Awards held in Las Vegas in May.

Buchan Group Projects a Creative Future, Australia
111 Eagle Street
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Buchan Group Architects : Practice Information – 22 Nov 2012
The Buchan Group recently completed work on three diverse, innovative projection projects in South East Queensland, showcasing the latest techniques and creative flair. The projects included 111 Eagle Street, the 34th International Geological Congress, and the FSC Conference’s Milestone Gala.

Stockland Shellharbour, NSW, Australia
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Stockland Shellharbour Building
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Stockland Shellharbour – 20 Nov 2012
The end is in sight for the development of New South Wales’ largest regional shopping centres, with the final stage of construction underway at Stockland Shellharbour.

The Buchan Group – Latest Buildings

Wet’n’Wild Water Park, Prospect, NSW, Australia
Architects: Buchan Group
Wet’n’Wild Water Park Building
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Wet’n’Wild Water Park – 3 Oct 2012
Sydney locals will soon have a new way to cool down in the summer months, with construction work beginning on the newest Wet’n’Wild water park located in Prospect, New South Wales. Acclaimed Australasian design firm The Buchan Group were appointed by Village Roadshow in March 2012 to manage the master-planning, architecture, interior design, graphics and signage components for the project.

The Mark Shopping Centre, Surfers Paradise, Australia
Architects: Buchan Group
The Mark Shopping Centre
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The Mark Shopping Centre – 7 Jun 2012
Surfers Paradise’s retail scene is about to get a $5 million boost, with construction underway on Stage 1 of The Mark Shopping Centre refurbishment project. The project will include a new arcade linking Orchid Avenue to the Soul Surfers Paradise development, delivering the final stage of the long-awaited ‘River to Beach’ pedestrian link in Surfers Paradise.

Wintergarden Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Wintergarden Building Brisbane
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Wintergarden Brisbane – 10 May 2012
Wintergarden opened its doors this month, unveiling its new design to Brisbane shoppers and showcasing some of The Buchan Group’s most innovative retail work. After a four year redesign and redevelopment the landmark shopping destination has again started welcoming shoppers.

Wickham 358, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Fortitude Valley Building
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Wickham 358 – 8 May 2012
A 15 level commercial tower on the site of 358 Wickham Street in Fortitude Valley is the latest proposed development for Queensland’s fastest growing commercial precinct.
Valley-based architecture and design firm The Buchan Group have been appointed to the project on the fringe of the Valley Gateway precinct, with a brief to integrate the commercial development with Acland Lane, a proposed future laneway.

Recent Buildings by The Buchan Group

Leukaemia Foundation ESA Village at Dutton Park, Queensland, Australia
Leukaemia Foundation ESA Village Boggo Road Urban Village
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Leukaemia Foundation ESA Village – 17 Apr 2012
A leading Brisbane architecture and design firm has completed the latest project in a long standing relationship with the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland, with construction finishing on their flagship patient care development.
The Buchan Group were the lead consultants for the architectural, interior and graphic design of the new Leukaemia Foundation ESA Village at the Boggo Road Urban Village at Dutton Park.

Christchurch Rebuilding, southern New Zealand
Christchurch Building
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Christchurch Rebuilding – 16 Dec 2011
Brisbane design firm The Buchan Group has shown its strength in the retail sector with the practice’s architectural design of the new shopping precinct in New Zealand’s Cashel Mall, Christchurch. Following the devastating earthquake in February this year, The Buchan Group Brisbane, in conjunction with their Christchurch arm, was invited to join the Re:START Group to draw on its retail expertise to help re-establish a temporary retail hub in the Christchurch CBD.

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Buchan Group Architects – Practice Information

Architect offices based in Australia, New Zealand, UAE and England

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Robina Town Centre
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The Buchan Group is an architectural, interior and graphic design firm, servicing clients for more than 120 years.

The Buchan Group traces its history back to 1890, with the opening of the first practice in Geelong, Victoria. The Brisbane practice of The Buchan Group was established in 1983.




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