Arkhefield welcomes James + Michelle into the Internships Program
Since its first iteration in 2013, this initiative has facilitated real-world experience, opportunities, and guidance for more than 25 emerging architects and interior designers and has become an important pillar of our ethos as a practice.
A breakdown of QHIGI
QHIGI (Queensland Housing Investment Growth Initiative) aims to fast track the delivery of 6,365 new social homes through a $1.8 billion investment in a 4 year integrated capital investment program.
Experience Cards - A new journey in social housing
If there was an opportunity to deliver new social housing, how could existing models be improved? What would it look and feel like, and how would people experience these places and services?
Social and Affordable Housing
Affordable housing shortfalls and the need to improve our current approach to social housing has become an urgent and important agenda for Australians. The widely recognised challenges facing the housing market generally have been brought into sharper focus by the ongoing pandemic.
In The Pipeline
We may have had an otherwise quiet year from a social perspective, but it is pleasing our work has steadily continued. Over recent months, a number of projects have been lodged for approval with Brisbane City Council.
Design responding to change
With the world changing, the way we interact is rapidly evolving and we are having to rethink the design of workplaces in a post COVID-19 world.
After six years of working with Arkhefield as Strategic Director, we wish to advise Gavan Ranger will be finishing this role at the end of this year.
Build to rent booms at Smith Collective
Home to 6,000 athletes during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, the Smith Collective is reinventing the rental experience as its 13th build-to-rent building is released following strong demand.
AIA QLD Architecture Awards
Camp Hill Marketplace and Elizabeth Arcade were awarded commendations at the 2020 AIA QLD Architecture Awards.
Brisbane International Cruise Terminal nearing handover
With handover due in 2020, the Brisbane International Cruise Terminal is quickly taking shape and framing for the dramatic roof wrap over the entry plaza now in place.
ArchitectureAU: Student housing towers revive historic arcade
Arkhefield has completed a pair of student accommodation towers that integrate with a refurbished historic arcade linking Elizabeth and Charlotte streets in central Brisbane.
AIA Awards Night - and the 'Best Zoom Oufit' goes to
This year due to COVID-19 The AIA (Australian Institute of Architects) broadcast the annual Regional Architecture Awards online. Arkhefield staff wanted the event to be memorable nevertheless, and so presented themselves on Zoom picking up another “award” on the way
Elizabeth Street Arcade now open
Close to four years in the making, the Elizabeth Arcade cross block link has reopened to the public. The Arcade has been completely rebuilt and reinterpreted as a subtropical food street, with an exciting public space at its heart.
Bringing public realm to retail
As retail rapidly evolves and changes, centre and precinct managers have been looking to public realm design for strategies to reinvigorate and upgrade the retail experience.
Imagining the office as a microcity
If we use the 'city' as a planning tool for the workplace, can we create an environment that allows us to interact and collaborate with a diverse group of colleagues - just as we would in a real city?
Parklands Transitions to Build-to-Rent Smith Collective
As the build-to-rent housing model gains traction in Queensland, the first rental offering has hit the market in the newly transformed Smith Collective.
Living alone, together
Generation Z has now officially overtaken Millennials as the largest age group. They will comprise 32% of the global population in 2019. They desire independence, but are ultimately financially pragmatic and motivated by security. Is there a way to provide authentic high quality living experiences that align with their values?
Creating the ultimate passenger experience
Airline travel has become a large part of our lives, whether from necessity or desire. But before you can begin your journey, you must face one last hurdle – the passenger terminal.
A look at future housing: Millennials vs Generation Z
The housing market appears to be ripe for disruption. It’s gathering momentum around a perfect storm of a housing affordability crisis necessitating significant rental reform, and a large Millennial population, soon to include Generation Z who are demanding alternatives.
Living Together Better (and other cliches)
Our cities must adapt, adopt, and evolve if they are to embrace our rapidly changing technologies and diversifying social values. The advantage of living in Brisbane and South East Queensland is that we are still open to change.
Is infill housing the answer?
Currently there is a lot of talk about ‘infill’ – the industry buzzword for underused, vacant and irregular shaped parcels of land within the city and inner suburbs. But many developers and builders see this land as a liability, not an opportunity.
Work Place / Work Life
Your local hipster barista has two degrees, but no job in their field of study. The retirement age continues to be extended and we are starting to see up to five generations working side by side in the office.
My Experience of the Arkhefield Internship
Arkhefield has been running the Internship Program since 2013, and during this time we have seen all of our interns make the most of their year in the program. Whilst we know the program is a great opportunity, nothing beats hearing feedback from the students themselves to see what benefited them most in their time here.
Creating communities for the future
As a society, we’re beginning to openly share our resources within the community through services such as Uber, Airbnb and Go Get. The question is should our housing then look to embrace this community mentality too?
Ways we can work better together on D&C Contracts
D&C contracts in their various forms continue to be a preferred method of delivering projects. We gathered a group of developers, builders and project managers to discuss ways in which we can work better, together. This is what we uncovered.
The Future of Housing
As the conversation surrounding housing amplifies architects, planners, educators and policy advisors have shared a desire to ensure housing in Australia meets our needs for accommodation type, size and diversity.