Australian Institute of Architects

 

Xsquared Architects P/L

1st Floor 125 Collins Street
HOBART TAS 7000

Ph. 03 6224 7077 Fax 03 6224 7078

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Xsquared Architects comprises a team of design and technical professionals with many years of experience within the construction industry. The breadth and depth of our team allows us to provide a comprehensive range of services for projects of any scale.
In an increasingly complex technical and legislative environment, especially in the areas of sustainability and energy efficiency, we are particularly well placed to help clients turn ideas into fully realised working and living environments. We are members of the Green Building Council of Australia and have four Accredited Green Star Professionals and one Accredited FirstRate Energy Assessor on staff.


Project profiles

Coffey Business Centre

Hobart, 2008

This project involved the refurbishment of a former industrial building to create a new award-winning head office (National Interior Design Award 2009 – Commercial Design). A primary design focus was expression of the existing building's industrial character to establish an iconic image for the project and to leverage a range of sustainability outcomes. The existing building fabric has been reworked, and new works designed to complement the industrial feel and volume of interior space. A repetitive pattern of offices evokes a memory of the previous industrial use while enlarged windows enable views which did not previously exist to be realised from the interior. A major ambition was to maximise energy efficiency through use of the existing high ceilings and massive concrete construction. As a result the concrete ceiling is used to provide daytime cooling, after being cooled at night with outside air, and the lighting design provides exemplary illumination with a minimum number of energy efficient fittings suspended within the space. The project is a case study in commercial sustainable building refurbishment and an exemplar of inner city regeneration, with the property value enhanced, an award-winning workplace created, and the substantial resources invested in an existing building retained.



Hobart International Airport Hotel

Cambridge, 2008

A significant new hotel on a complex site adjacent to the Hobart International Airport, involving significant site works and civil works, including new road access points and traffic management strategies developed in liaison with traffic engineers. A primary design focus was the establishment of a strong building form that responded to its location next to a major highway but which allowed the subtle expression of an aeronautical character to establish an iconic feel for the project. To this end external framing, sunshading and detailing makes reference to aerofoils and biplane strutting. And while the external structure is used to strong aesthetic effect, the internal structure represents a cost-effective and innovative solution to the building



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