In 2013, Kirk was appointed as Design Architect for Purple Jade Stage 2, a series of luxury villas and apartments within the prestigious Beijing development. The waterside villas are each unique in their language and materiality, but share the common objective of maximising the experience of a landscape setting.
The idea around each of the eight villas follows a defining material or elemental theme – forest, stone, water, glass. Maximising the luxury of space and landscape was central to planning views within and across the villas, which themselves play an important role in enriching views in their surrounds. The sculptural nature of the villas punctuate Purple Jade with focal points, set apart from the homogeneous typology used more generally across the development.
“From the minute we opened the doors this morning, it was clear we were on a winner. Smiles and goggle eyes everywhere. A pleasant hum of activity from the foyers forms a backdrop to my office. Dancers are warming up in the corridors and eating their lunch in the kitchens. Drama students are going to rehearsals, then discussing their work at the tables adjacent and even occupying meeting rooms. Musicians are running jam sessions. The building needs no user manual and, as I suspected, the students will lead the culture in the spaces.” ~ Greg Jenkins, Head of Studies, School of Media, Entertainment and Creative Arts, QUT Creative Industries Faculty
We are pleased to welcome Michael Croft to the KIRK team. Michael is an architectural graduate with diverse experience in Residential, Education and Transport projects across Australia. He is passionate about the dynamic role architecture can play in communities and how it can positively shape the built and natural environment. He also has a strong background in practice BIM Management.