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Lightcycle Competition

Posted 21.08.2014

We were very honored to be invited to participate in a lighting design competition run by our good friends at Electrolight called Lightcycle as part of the Melbourne Indesign recently, with the exhibition launched last night.

Briefed to utilize a supplied LED system, and focus on sustainability, we decided to challenge ourselves and develop an outcome using recycled components, that could itself at a later date be recycled, upgraded and have no moving parts, glues or fixings….

Designing for longevity is a conscious reaction to a generation of consumer electronics designed to one day be replaced. While plastics degrade, paints fade, and mechanisms break, our competition entry is a functional, solid metal LED luminaire designed to last.

Cast in 100% recycled aluminum from old car parts, our luminaire contains no glues and can be easily dissembled. The fixture can also be easily adapted to accommodate future lighting innovations meaning that it can be a treasured object for generations to come.

By balancing on various faces, striking lighting effects can be achieved for tasks or mood lighting an adjustable light with zero moving parts.

We didnt win the competition, but we are very proud of our little light and are doing a small batch production run – so if you love it, let us know.!.

Australian National Maritime Museum

Posted 04.08.2014

We are very proud to announce an exciting development for the studio, we have been engaged to develop the experience design strategy, identity and wayfinding for the Warships Pavilion project at the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM), Sydney.

The project aims to reinvigorate the visitor relationship with its key attractions — naval vessels HMAS Vampire (Destroyer), HMAS Onslow (Submarine) and HMAS Advance — providing a platform to educate and inspire a wide-reaching audience.

Buro North have teamed up with Eness (interactive and immersive experiences) and Art Processors (location-based digital experiences) to deliver design strategies for an immersive and engaging user experience, bringing the stories of the vessels to life. The studio will be developing the identity for the experience and design elements across all experience platforms, including on-site and online.

We are really excited about collaborating with two other industry-leading studios, diving into exploring the project possibilities to create a world-class and world-first experience.

Image courtesy of Sea Power Centre – Australia

Federation University Wayfinding

Posted 28.07.2014

Buro North were engaged by Federation University (formerly The University of Ballarat) to develop a signage and wayfinding solution for their new Science and Engineering building. The new building, located at the southern edge of the Mount Helen Campus, was designed by SKM S2F with Cockram as the lead contractor. The building houses the Science and Engineering Precinct, and is a hub for student and staff activity on campus. The new building provides a world class regional learning, teaching and research facility, with spaces designed to promote the opportunity for staff and students to meet easily for both casual and collegial interactions. Büro North, working closely with SKM S2F, designed the signage to merge seamlessly with the built form to deliver the required information in an engaging way, well suited to the function and activity of the building. We are very proud of the outcome and think that it makes a fantastic contribution to the future user experience of the Federation University campus. Click here to see more…

Reinventing Mildura Riverfront

Posted 28.07.2014

The studio has been has been working on the Mildura Riverfront project since the beginning of the year – collaborating closely with Lateral Projects, Tract (landscape architects) and Relume (specialist lighting).

Its a truly transformational project that we are incredibly honored to be making a contribution towards, and one that we believe will have a major impact on the community moving forwards. None more so than the Indigenous community who invited us to attend a workshop last week to discuss the project and participate in a smoking ceremony, an ancient Indigenous custom that involves burning eucalyptus leaves to cleanse and ward off bad spirits.

An inspiring conversation had with the Aboriginal Reference Group under a Jacaranda Tree several months ago has been instrumental in the design development of the wayfinding and signage and since then we have successfully interpreted a meaningful Indigenous story and landmark through the signage form, merging historic and contemporary culture together. The design has been endorsed by the Traditional Owners and this collaboration has lead to a number of other projects and opportunities, including working with the traditional owners to implement a ‘Welcome to Country’ for the Riverfront.

New Appointment - Brooke Murray

Posted 16.07.2014

The last few months have been incredibly hectic, with several new staff members joining the team. We are very pleased to announce (although belatedly) our new Studio Manager Brooke Murray. Brooke has over 15 years experience managing both large and small creative teams, and her can do attitude and belief that anything is possible has inspired and motivated the team since she joined us a couple of months ago. Spending her time managing all studio related matters including resource scheduling, studio procedures and policies and QA systems her role is vast and varied. Brooke is motivated to drive and assist the studio to meet and exceed design excellence objectives, whilst maintaining exceptional client relationships and project budgets.

CX Branding & Website

Posted 15.05.2014

Buro North have been working with the Clothing Exchange for several years now, and was recently engaged to create a new identity, digital strategy and user experience for their new digital incarnation, with the aim to make swapping more accessible and expand the environmental and economic benefits of clothes swapping to an international audience.

Through a symbolic, fun and approachable style, the new brand moves away from the previous antiquated patterns and crafty look-and-feel to a more contemporary identity. The brand creates a strong visual connection to the process of exchange, working to attract a larger audience of users through its bold graphic identity and non gender specific colour scheme. Key brand elements take form in graphic applications expressed through both the web and app environments, creating a memorable and integrated identity.

The UX design for the website and app focused on creating a simple and personalised experience for swappers. Products are the key focus of the interface, creating a highly visual and dynamic display. The interface of the Swap Shop has been designed to take on the appearance of a wardrobe, offering swappers the ability to slide through items like they would their own wardrobe or shop. The UX takes a user-centered approach, providing opportunities for social networking so swappers can connect, share and interact in an engaging and exciting way.

Positions Available at Buro North

Posted 09.05.2014

WAYFINDING STRATEGIST

Description
We are seeking a highly motivated individual to help Büro North in the delivery of wayfinding solutions for complex environments. We welcome individuals with a Planning, Landscape or Architectural background with a minimum of 3 years experience in a consulting environment.

Activities

Working closely with Australia’s leading Architectural, Landscape and Development teams you will contribute to the development of evidence-based wayfinding systems for some of the most complex and interesting environments in Australia and abroad. 

Prerequisites

The successful candidate will posses an ability to;
– formulate engaging, compelling strategy independently and within a team context.
– articulate complex ideas simply through both written prose and verbal presentations.
– develop written content that has strong narrative in a concise and accurate manner.
– independently conduct structured stakeholder consultation sessions.
– conduct research and information gathering to produce quality data.
– think laterally on the fly in workshop scenarios to develop efficient outcomes.

Above all, we are seeking an optimistic, engaging individual who is passionate about strategy, design and ideas to fit into a highly creative studio.

Opportunity
The successful applicant will have the opportunity to create a rewarding career path with Büro North, collaborating on projects with the nations best Architectural, Landscape and Development teams. A salary and package commensurate with experience will be offered.

Application
Please send your resume, portfolio and a brief overview of why this role is suitable to ‘info@buronorth.com’ all emails should be under 5mb.

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PROJECT / DESIGN MANAGER

Description
We are seeking a highly motivated individual to help Büro North with project delivery and project administration. We welcome individuals with a Planning, Landscape, Interiors or Architectural background with a minimum of 8+ years experience in a consulting environment.

Activities
Working closely with our Directors and Studio Manager you will assist in the delivery of projects from inception to completion to ensure they meet the defined creative, strategic and financial goals of the client and Büro North.

Prerequisites
The successful candidate will posses an ability to;
– identify and manage project budgets, deliverables, programs and resources under the direction of the Senior Design Manager.
– manage meetings minutes, workshop outcomes and project correspondence efficiently.
– understand project document control in accordance with QA standards.
– have articulate communications skills, both written and verbal.
– liaise with clients, contractors and design team members.

Above all, we are seeking an optimistic, engaging individual who is passionate about project management, design and ideas to fit into a highly creative studio.

Opportunity
The successful applicant will have the opportunity to create a rewarding career path with Büro North, collaborating on projects with the nations best Architectural, Landscape and Development teams. A salary and package commensurate with experience will be offered.

Application
Please send your resume, portfolio and a brief overview of why this role is suitable to ‘info@buronorth.com’ all emails should be under 5mb.

The Pancake Parlour Website

Posted 19.02.2014

We recently re-launched the website for our long time client The Pancake Parlour in collaboration with the talented development team at Efront. The Pancake Parlour required a new and refreshed digital strategy with a strong focus on marketing social media content and creating a connection between their in-store and online experiences.

In response we created a website which has truly brought The Pancake Parlours static identity to life, through the development of parallax animations in conjunction with real time social media updates. The website has created a customer driven interface, through the ability to interact and add content of their unique Pancake Parlour experiences.

Monash University Wayfinding

Posted 09.01.2014

Büro North have been working closely with Monash University over the last 18 months to develop a wayfinding system that supports their new master plan. The wayfinding system actively promotes higher quality pedestrian environments by connecting the campus to its urban realm, modifying internal circulation patterns and introducing intuitive building numbering.

Utilizing the university motto of ‘Ancora Imparo' or ‘I am still learning’ along with key values of Growth, Development and Progress, our design solution leverages the upturned triangle from the university crest to morph, develop, progress and bind larger and stronger forms. Using the triangle as the key design driver also allows us to develop a completely modular and scale-able solution to roll out over the coming 24 months.

Our solution points the way forward for Monash University as it undergoes a new direction and significant cultural change.

Mildura Riverfront

Posted 12.12.2013

Buro North are very excited to have recently been engaged to work on the wayfinding strategy and signage design for the exciting new riverfront development in Mildura.

We will be working together with Lateral Projects and the design team to help redefine the riverfront image and create a vibrant and engaging recreational hub for both the local community and visitors. The site will celebrate the stories of Mildura and provide an important interface with both historical and living Indigenous cultures, creating a new sense of place and meaningful social change through design. We are absolutely thrilled to have been selected for this incredible project and look forward to being a part of the exciting development and transformation of Mildura.