Feel, function and longevity are all part of the shared design ethos at Brown Falconer Architects.
Each of these elements are embodied in the re-design of our Chesser Street offices, located in an historic red brick, former foundry building in the CBD and officially unveiled last year as part of our 70th anniversary celebrations.
This richly textured building is home to our 34-member multidisciplinary team and works well to foster group creativity and an exchange of ideas.
Brown Falconer is pleased to be part of the growing interest and activity in Adelaide’s apartment sector.
Until 2010 when David Dawson joined as a director, we had only completed limited apartment projects. But that’s changing and we plan to deliver more of this type of work, while maintaining our presence in our traditional core areas of retail, health, aged care and education architecture.
We’re all proud that we’ve been responsible for $200m worth of mixed-use projects currently taking shape around Adelaide’s CBD. Some of our mixed use projects include: work on the redevelopment of the former Dreamland site on Grote St west including a $90 million apartment tower; the former Balfours site on Franklin St, with four apartment buildings and the $35 million apartment block at the Queen Adelaide Club site, on North Terrace.
The latest round of new apartment projects is building on Adelaide’s transformation as a world-class city, adding to other major initiatives in recent times such as the new Adelaide Oval, impressive upgrades to North Terrace and Rundle Mall, and the city’s vibrant new restaurant and laneway bar culture.
We’re also building a portfolio of work across the border. Projects in Western Australia include last year’s completed town centre at Harvest lakes and a main street shopping centre at Dalyellup. Similar projects are in the pipeline for the firm in WA.
Our hallmarks of enduring contemporary architecture and a service-focused approach have seen us expand into new markets and work with a wider group of people. Our central and connected location in the city is making it easier for us to deliver integrated outcomes, and coordinated work from the whole team.
After moving from our former location in Maylands, rather than make major renovation changes for the sake of it, we decided to open up the building and bring in more light by removing partitioning and adding new windows to the northern elevation.
The result is an open plan, creative and inviting space comprising local materials and the work of local designers and manufacturers.
Hard-wearing polished concrete floors feature and a rare inner city oasis, a side courtyard, has been opened up and can be used by the team as weather allows.
Beautiful bespoke pieces were created in collaboration with Brown Falconer, Green Edge Commercial Interiors and Kangaroo Island-Adelaide-based Organo Design.
The impressive exterior façade is a combination of the existing red brick wall, Brown Falconer signage, a vertical garden by Summit Landscape and an eye-catching custom-made door.
Handcrafted from salvaged Oregon timber, by Jim Scattergood, at Organo Design, the massive door measures 3.2 metres x 1.8 metres. Jim worked closely with the builder to ensure the door is functional, as well as dramatic.
Another bespoke piece is the Organo custom meeting table. Also made from salvaged Oregon timber with a wax finish and a cross leg frame, the piece is solid and built to last.
For the area affectionately referred to by staff as the “fishbowl”, due to the large windows that face out onto Chesser Street, we installed a Traversa table with geometric powder coated steel frame legs and a solid Walnut timber top.
As our director Mario Dreosti said, the Brown Falconer re-branding was also part of the move and saw the team work closely with Adelaide’s Parallax Design in the development of a unique Brown Falconer “font”.
The idea is that we own the distinctive lettering and can use it on our materials and people will know that it’s us without having to use the full logo every time,’’ he said. “It’s like having a subtle theme running through everything we do”.