Büro North has recently been appointed as the Queensland State Government Advisor for Wayfinding for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH).
Queensland Health has engaged Büro North’s Finn Butler to bring our wayfinding experience in complex healthcare environments to this new and exiting project. Büro North will work from within Queensland Health’s project team to ensure that the user experience is a key focus during the delivery of SCUH with Exemplar Health Consortium.
The world-class acute care facility has been designed to cater for one of Australia’s fastest growing regions to cope with the demand for health services expected to increase significantly with an ageing population. SCUH is being built on a greenfield site located at Kawana adjacent to a hub of regional growth with planned retail, residential and commercial development including the proposed Kawana Town Centre.
Once completed in 2016, the AUS $1.8 billion tertiary hospital will provide a range of new and expanded services, meaning fewer people having to travel to Brisbane to receive care.
While we may have missed our chance to reach the finals, we had a rip roaring time on the field, with our studio revealing some fine form and a team spirit second to none.
We can see why the Archisoccer phenomenon has become so popular with designers and architects alike. Our team consisted of Jordan, Dave, Barbara, Jess, Ben, Mike and of course team leader and organizer of all the chaos, Angela. It proved to be a worthwhile and enjoyable weekly event, getting the crew out of the studio and onto the field.
A special thanks to Angela for her vigorous captaining and Jordan for displaying his little known competitive spirit – coming in 5th with 1 best on the ground and 7 goals to boot! Thanks to everyone for a great season.
Buro North are offering a unique opportunity to a highly skilled and talented Industrial Designer.
We are only interested in hearing from creative designers with at least 3 years experience in the industry, so if you are a mid weight designer wanting a change in your career or a junior who is looking to make that next step, then keep reading. You will be working on a diverse range of projects supporting our senior design team to deliver exceptional outcomes. We are looking for someone who can work collaboratively and within a team environment. A curious mind, exceptional attention to detail and passion for art, design and craft is necessary.
If you have thought about this role carefully and still believe you are the right person for the job, please submit the following information to Missy Saleeba – missy(at)buronorth.com
- 3+ years experience;
- Impressive design portfolio (PDF no greater than 5mb);
- Evidence of excellent communication skills;
What we offer:
- Highly creative project opportunities;
- Collaborative working environment;
- Career growth opportunity within young practice.
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Quite literally… We had our Christmas bash last Friday and in usual BN style it did get a little out of hand. We started with some fishing (in the Noojee Trout Farm – guaranteed success) and then moved onto an absolutely cracking BBQ lunch, some cricket and of course it ended up in dress ups.. The theme ‘horse & hound’ nominated by Finn. Thanks to Rebecca, Ange and Missy for organizing a great day out.
In keeping with our approach to evidence based design, we recently took the opportunity to test some map design underway for Monash University.
Monash University have recently developed a new master plan that will be implemented progressively moving towards an urban campus. Major changes include new buildings, the exclusion of private vehicles and redefining the pedestrian circulation around the campus. With a significant portion of users attempting to find new destinations at the start of each semester, the need for a robust wayfinding strategy is apparent. The development of a new holistic addressing strategy was required in order to assist users find their way around the campus.
Mapping is an important information delivery method, and with a number of fundamental changes to the campus layout, a new mapping system was required. Büro North conducted an investigation of the effectiveness of the proposed mapping for Monash University – Clayton campus with users on site.
Users were asked to perform specific tasks whilst using the maps.
We timed and recorded their responses for tasks including:
- identifying on the map their current location
- finding specific buildings & destinations on the map
- locating these buildings & destinations in the space
- estimating how long it would take to walk to these buildings & destinations
- describing how they would get there
It was rewarding for our team that 100% of users were able to find their destination when given a building name and/or a street address highlighting the differing levels of redundancy in information. Additionally 100% of users could find their destinations within the prescribed 30 seconds when provided with the complete address. Most importantly, when given an incomplete address 79% of users were still successful inside 30 seconds.
Last week the Australian Design Biennale was presented by AGDA, and Buro North were honored to receive three awards; ‘Digital Media award for the 685 La Trobe iPad application’, ’3D Design award for the 77-85C project’ and ‘Digital Media award for Westfield Sydney’. Thanks very much to the ADB organizers, our fantastic clients for commissioning great work and the team at BN for their unbridled passion and commitment.
Charter Hall recently engaged us to strategically position their latest development. To create a point of difference Buro North developed an innovative marketing package in the form of a custom iPad app tailored to communicate the relaxed yet sophisticated environment cultivated by the project team.
The use of an iPad application allows for a unique insight into the building that is unmatched in the current market. We designed a user friendly interface supported by video and animation to deliver something that a brochure can’t – engagement, interaction, and a tailored view of the building that specifically responds to the modern tenants needs.
ADGA Design Award 2012
Dave Williamson (Senior Designer) and Missy Saleeba (Associate – Practice Manager) were in Sydney this week for the inaugural ‘Sydney Design Awards’. We were very excited to have won the award for ‘Wayfinding & Graphics’ for our work on the 77-85 Castlereagh Street project. Working with John Wardle Architects and Westfield D&C the project pushed the usual signage conventions by integrating and manipulating the existing surfaces rather than introducing additional faces to display information.The facades were stripped back, displaced and revealed to create a signage system that respects it’s context by celebrating the materials and forms developed by the architects.
With over 2000 votes from industry and another 1700 from the marketplace, this is a fantastic acknowledgment of the work we do, and we are very proud to have received the award.
2012 has flown by and we are now well into the bristling month of Movember. As the self-appointed captain (Timbo) I have rallied my fellow northerners and through a grueling selection process formed the cracking team, Büro Tache. Comprising of 8 clean shaven men we naively embarked on a journey of great import with an ultimate destination landing us amongst the greatest of moustacheiods – Selleck and Norris. With an over-aching aim of raising awareness and monetary donations Büro Tache has had patchy results thus far.
We now have an impressive array of soup-strainers ranging from my virtually bare upper lip to the most serious of handlebars and even a fully fledged lumberjack! With this crack team of aspiring be-tached men, Büro North is throwing its collective weight behind this great cause. We hope that you will lend us your support either through comments on our (lack of) progress or via generous donations through our team or individual profiles here…
We are safe in the knowledge that we will achieve our aim of raising awareness as we share our passion and commitment with you – our extended community of family, friends and colleagues – and we hope that you support us in this cause that is truly starting to grow on us. Please check out our individual pages with a plethora of images, leave disparaging remarks and/or encouraging comments as required and check back often as we will be updating content regularly throughout the remainder of the month.
Tim “not-a-hair-in-sight” Dow
For laughs & donations please visit out team profile here: Büro Tache
Great little video by the Architecture Institute featuring some of the short-listed participants in the 2012 World Architecture Festival. Proud to see a couple of projects we made a small contribution towards in there..
Büro North were honored again last week to receive a prestigious Melbourne Advertising & Design Club (MADC) gong for graphic design and signage at the RCH. Well done again to the crew and thanks to the MADC for putting on such a fantastic program…
We are very proud to be part of the team that recently completed the Olivia Newton John Cancer & Wellness Centre (ONJ-CWC) in Heidelberg. Working under the Architectural team of Daryl Jackson and MSJ Sydney we developed the wayfinding strategy, signage and environmental graphics for the project.
The ONJ’s vision is for a world-class Cancer & Wellness Centre dedicated to providing the very best in medical care and treatment; combined with research programs for new cancer treatments. The brief called for a tranquil and calming environment that moved away from the traditional clinical aesthetics associated with many health care facilities.
The use of timbers, textures, transparency and light has resulted in a paradigm shift for health care delivery. We would like to thank and congratulate the entire project team, in particular Jackson Architecture, MSJ and Leighton Contractors along with Buro North’s Finn Butler, Dave Williamson and Jess Caffin who worked on the project start to finish. Click here for more images.
Büro North have been shortlisted for the Interactive Design Awards for ‘Charter Hall – iPad App for 685 La Trobe St’. We designed a flexible sales tool for Charterhall to use in a range of different scenarios providing efficiencies and the ability to tailor the message to individual leasing opportunities.
The Melbourne Design Awards were announced on Wednesday night and our contribution to the Royal Children’s Hospital was honored with an award. We are very pleased and humbled to be nominated and then to have our peers vote for us as winners. Dave and Jess were there to accept the award amongst a range of other exceptional Victorian projects. Well done to the team and thanks to Dave & Jess for their commitment to the RCH wayfinding signage project.
Next Thursday if you can get along to the ‘Sex, Drugs & Helvetica’ design conference I reckon it’d be worth your while. Some interesting speakers to look out for including the ridiculously talented Luke Lucas, Motherbird and Im talking about something… Not sure yet.!. Dont like drugs or Helvetica so well see..
The conference is aimed at graphic design students / emerging designers and this year is focused on running through projects from start to finish providing insight into what actually goes into creating work. It’s an ideal chance to see the processes behind the work.
Buro North are very proud to be delivering the wayfinding and signage design for the New Children’s Hospital for Western Australia. Working with John Holland Group alongside COX, JCY and Billard Leece amongst a host of other incredible consultants we are very excited to be making a contribution to this significant Perth project.
We celebrated the end of Winter last week with an absolutely cracking Buro North trip to the snow. It was a well deserved opportunity for the team to let our hair down for a few days, enjoy the slopes and of course in true BN style go to town in a dress up competition… The snow at Buller was exceptional, the weather not so…
Dress Up theme was typeface; we had Trade Gothic, Braille & Tactile, Replica, Helvetica, Old English, Bauhaus, Stencil and Embassy amongst many others (see bottom of post for dress ups)…
An exciting update on the Melbourne Design Awards. We have been announced as finalists for the
following three entries.
The New Royal Children’s Hospital for wayfinding, Revitalising Central Dandenong for environmental signage and the Triptych Penthouse Brochure for the publication design category. Again winners are selected by the public and industry peers. Voting closes on the 11th of September, so vote, tweet and share away by clicking on the links above!