Engaged by FKP in late 2006, Tract provided Urban Design and Landscape Architectural consultancy service for this $90 million, 5 Star Green Star commercial office tower at Newstead, in Brisbane’s inner north together with Masterplanning Services for the 6.4ha FKP Land Holdings within the Newstead River Park Urban Renewal Masterplan.
Working with FKP Developments, Tract workshopped and consulted upon a revised masterplan for their extensive holdings with Ian Moore Architects, Donovan Hill and Cox Rayner prior to full site negotiations with Mirvac. Developing the concept of Skyring Terrace as Public Transit compatible "High" Street, Tract and FKP conceptualised and master planned light rail feasibility within a broad cycle, pedestrian and vehicle friendly "main boulevard". As the urban counterpoint to the Mirvac "green" parkland and residential towers, the public realm for the Gasworks precinct respected the heritage gasometer whilst developing attractive sub-tropical plaza linkages between high end retail., entertainment and grocery markets.
Within the context of the broader Master Plan, Tract collaborated with Cox Rayner on the sustainable focused FKP Energex Building. Developing our urban setting from the Newstead Riverpark Guidelines, the design explores the interface between vertical and horizontal to create a modern urban plaza that is highly responsive to the subtropical context and the tenants’ corporate requirements.
A core tenet of the building landscape design is the earthy consistent colour, heavy texture and subtle warm colour of the hardscape palette as a direct counterpoint to the rich green of the planting, textured timber tones of the soffit and vibrant glazing of the building. Articulating and reflecting the glazing bands and geometry of the building within the plaza arrangement, the full podium plaza is punctuated by iconic scissor walled planters that rise and fall as an urban bulge.
This urban bulge allows flush finished landscape on structure preserving plaza permeability and negating the traditional canyon effect whilst allowing for shade and seating. As the defining civic element these tapered abrasive concrete blade planter walls define an abstract processional approach to the entry in achieving their unique and responsive solution to full site podium slab design, while providing a safe, permeable, equitable and desirable public space.
Beyond the ‘civic’ ground floor and substantial ‘green’ internal atrium, Tract has been responsible for the design of keynote high quality cafe,breakout and boardroom terraces on the upper levels of this Breakfast Creek Road fronting award winning project.