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Living Edge Showroom & Commercial Office



Architect:

Richards and Spence

Builder:

Tomkins Commercial and Industrial Builders

Manufacturer:

Austral Masonry

Products Used:

GB Smooth, Smooth Porcelain

Building Contractor:

Twidale Constructions

Photography Credits:

Toby Scott Photography


The collective consciousness of a city resides in the continuity of the built environment. The circumstantial influence of climate and place on architectural style contributes to the cultural memory, and concrete breezeblocks are deeply embedded within our memories of hot climate buildings.

The breezeblock facade to the Living Edge furniture showroom in Brisbane mends the streetscape, aligning it with existing heritage facades and screening a double-height glazed facade from the western sun.

Matching blockwork provides structural infill externally and continues within the showroom as a neutral canvas for the furniture. The central organising space is designed as “a room in the city,” facilitating events. The external material palette transcends the showroom setting – it contributes to the larger public realm of the street and is a visible demonstration of the civic mindedness of the tenant.