DC8 Studio, Leighton Properties & Kann Finch Collaboration Reveals AQUA Apartments

The AQUA Apartments in Bondi Junction, Sydney, developed by Leighton Properties and Qualitas, has recently been revealed to the general buyers’ market, allowing all those who are interested in one of the 129 apartments in the 20 storey complex to register their interest.

The apartment complex designed, in collaboration, by Kann Finch Architects and DC8 Studio, with interiors by Koichi Takada is creating strong interest, with positive reviews of the curvilinear designed apartment towers.

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DC8 Studio & Halcyon Collaborates on Active Retirement Masterplanned Communities

DC8 Studio knows the road map to building successful communities through decades of demonstrated experience, and we embed that in all our work - to make life better for all.

DC8 Studio is really excited to be working with Halcyon.  Halcyon are specialist creators and managers of masterplanned lifestyle communities designed exclusively as active living for Australia’s over 50’s.  Halcyon prides itself with delivering superior value and innovation with a strong emphasis on community, communication, enjoyment and security.  For them, “Life begins at Halcyon”!

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DC8 Collaborate with Ashgrove SS & Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program

Across 2012 and 2013, DC8 Studio assisted Ashgrove State School as a pro bono partner in the design and development of their Kitchen Classroom, which was integral to the School’s delivery of their Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. With two directors (Jacob Hutson and Amelia Lee) having children at the school, DC8 has a strong relationship with this community, and were keen to support the school in their implementation of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.

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DC8 Studio Matryoshka Ideology

At DC8 we  like to take a hands on approach when representing and explaining our design intentions to each other and to clients. So when we saw the matryoshka below we couldn’t help ourselves, a modern (rock) take on a traditional object that has turned out to be a hit, not only on the stage, but also in the meeting room.

The metaphor of the Russian Doll (or matryoshka) embodies the relationship between similar objects within one another, and offers a suitable framework to guide our thinking on creating spaces rather than buildings. 

We are seeking to develop an appropriate layering of space and interaction within an between these levels. It is with particular reference to the spatial layer between the private and greater public realm (or middle spaces), that we believe the shared network opportunities are created which are the cement that bonds a community together.

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And the winner is...

At DC8, there really is one thing we do best: design. Design is a process of artfully putting things together, of problem solving along the way. 

A lesser-known secret is how well we, at DC8 Studio, eat. Recently we celebrated our enjoyment of this in our 2013 Christamas celebrations, and in our gift to our DC8 Family - our crew and clients.

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