WHICH PROJECT MADE YOU HAPPIEST?
The aim is to create happiness in each project however the most rewarding has been Australia’s National Police Memorial in Canberra. The recognition of the contribution policemen and policewomen was long overdue and I am happy the memorial has become a meaningful place for the police family and the wider community.
This month up on the blog, we shine our architect spotlight on Liam Proberts. Liam is an award-winning architect & designer. As the Creative and Managing Director of bureau^proberts, he works collaboratively with clients to develop projects that are economically viable, unique and make a valuable contribution to the community. Liam’s understanding of the development industry and passion for activating cities stems from his childhood growing up in Brisbane’s Spring Hill, where the city was Liam’s backyard. He is passionate about urban planning and design, and is focused on how residential, commercial and retail spaces can combine to create the very best urban environments.
Recently completed projects include SILT Apartments in Kangaroo Point, comprising seven luxury apartments that sold out within five weeks of being on the market, and M&A Apartments — a vibrant retail, commercial and residential development in Fortitude Valley, and the National Police Museum in Canberra. Currently, Liam is the lead designer on a development in Scott Street, Kangaroo Point, which is set to become a statement 17-apartment residential project for Brisbane city. He is also working on an urban renewal masterplan for Newstead, and two 30-storey apartment towers in West End, Brisbane.
WHICH ARCHITECT OR PERSON DO YOU ADMIRE AS AN INSPIRATION?
I recently visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Taliesen West’ in Phoenix Arizona and it reminded me of his incredible influence on 20th Century architecture. His creativity and statesmanship was pervading at a time when modernism and internationalism were on a roll. His contribution can be a little forgotten as he may have been the first to suffer ‘starchitect’ syndrome.
WHAT IS THE QUALITY YOU MOST ADMIRE IN A CLIENT?
Drive and desire – to do good things and do them well.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE MOST UNDERRATED THING THAT ARCHITECTS DO?
Manage a myriad of information and ideas – including their own.
NAME ONE ARCHITECTURAL DESTINATION THAT NON-ARCHITECTS SHOULD SEE?
The Grand Canyon.
TELL US ONE (SECRET) THING ABOUT HOW YOU DESIGN?
Design often happens best in between designing.
What inspires you, what gives you inspiration to do better?
Lots of little things.
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?
Being happily married and producing three beautiful children!!
WE HAVE AN IMAGE OF YOUR PROJECT, “SILT”. WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS PROJECT THAT MAKES IT SPECIAL AND WHAT ARE SOME OF ITS HIDDEN QUALITIES?
SILT is a project that occurred in a bubble where expectations were limited due to the remnant nature of the site. It was an ‘underdog’ site with fantastic qualities but many challenges. I think this environment allowed everyone including the client, and the authorities, to free up and ask what is that this site could do?
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