Designing density for blue chip suburbs

Design that emphasises local context is the solution to overcoming concern from local council and residents who worry new multi-residential developments may detract from the character and overall appeal of prestigious suburbs. The need to respect and respond to the context of the existing built environment may be one of the most important rules towards…

Campus Style Developments: A Model for New Apartment Living

Whilst much of the recent focus in residential design has centred on high-rise buildings, Rothelowman has recently been commissioned to design a number of midrise, campus style developments on large brown field sites. Significant additions to the existing urban fabric, the design and delivery of these complex developments requires a sophisticated understanding of both the buildings…

Reinventing the Townhouse for Australia’s Shifting Cities

Architect-designed townhouses are essential to support sustainable population growth in our rapidly expanding capital cities. Large-scale, master-planned townhouse developments in urban infill sites provide an option for increased density that offers an attractive solution to rising land value while creating a greater number of affordable dwellings in central and…

The Commercial Value of Differentiation

By definition, a product without differentiation is a commodity and commodities are rarely sold at a premium. A project, be it commercial, residential or retail, isn’t about selling space; it’s about selling the intangibles – the opportunities, the lifestyle and the economic prospects these spaces can provide. Differentiation is most effective via the communication of…

Designing Brisbane

Brisbane’s influx of development has spawned a new generation of residents ready to embrace the vibrant culture being established in this rapidly growing city. The increase in residential development in particular has seen a huge shift in the way Queenslanders live and perceive their capital city, combined with an understanding of architecture and design that’s…

Navigating the nuances of Australian planning policy

Opportunity is plentiful, however navigating the planning approval landscape presents a complex range of challenges that are further complicated by differences in planning policy from state to state, municipality to municipality and governing body to governing body. The property industry in Australia is experiencing rapid growth. This growth is underpinned by a surging population and…

Rothelowman is excited to announce the appointment of a new Managing Principal

Rothelowman’s focus through its 24 year history has been to create viable and innovative design solutions for its clients.  The result of this effort has been solid year-on-year growth.  The firm now has over 120 professionals working in the Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne studios, servicing clients across the country. Nigel Hobart has been appointed to the…