Turco and Associates
The team at Urban Pantry is one of many repeat customers we have at Monarch. We were delighted to be engaged to refurbish this now iconic Manuka café, which we worked on when it first opened in 2010.
Working to an incredibly tight timeline we transformed the café from its dark tones to a light and bright fitout. New windows and bi-fold doors were added, along with custom-made outdoor dining areas extending the café's capacity.
Construction of the outdoor areas is such that it can be easily removed without damage to the surrounding footpaths.
The Dept. of Design
The objective for Cinnabar was to provide an environment that was a modern interpretation of Asian dining giving the clientele a moody space that subtly reflects oriental detailing.
The client sourced all furniture and loose joinery items from China. These items would be delivered to site for Monarch to install and make any alterations required. Monarch also handled all fixed building works.
The scene is set on entry to the restaurant, with glistening brass screening defining the outdoor dining area as you approach from the boulevard. Walking through the front doors you are flanked by walnut cabinetry filled with an expansive range of wines, guarded by two terracotta warriors. The illuminated onyx back bar invites you further into the space, providing an impressive arrival point.
The materiality of the space was vital in providing a sophisticated interior without being one dimensional. Carefully considered layers of texture and tonal colour were selected to define different zones, from the bar to the open dining, the booth seating and the private areas.
Subtle oriental detailing was achieved through a combination of natural materials and mineral colours.
During construction the skilled team at Monarch were faced with a number of complexities which were successfully resolved with onsite problem solving and an experienced team of contractors, tradespeople and project managers.
To help minimise any discrepancies between overseas manufacture and onsite installation the design incorporated a degree of flexibility. Most imported items required onsite alterations, a task only practised and skilled builders could deliver on time, on budget and to such a high level of quality.
Philip Leeson Architects
Monarch Building Solutions and Philip Leeson Architects (PLA) worked closely together to deliver ‘an amazing look and feel’ for the NCC.
The objective for Monarch was to recreate the architect’s vision as best as possible. This goal was successfully achieved and is evident in the range and quality of finishes.
In particular, the use of recycled and newly milled timber battens, coupled with a tight timeframe presented a number of construction challenges.
Much of the works were carried out across a three week period around Christmas, which did not allow time for a traditional build process.
An example of processes developed to work within the time available was the creation of specialised templates for the curved granite countertops and dished Staron bulkheads, allowing them to be manufactured offsite while construction continued onsite. The accuracy of these templates was key and was proven when the installation of the countertops and bulkheads went smoothly and all pieces fitted together perfectly.
Similarly, where suitable, the timber battens were fixed to panels offsite at Monarch’s premises and delivered to site ready for installation, further saving precious time.
Thanks to careful planning of offsite and onsite construction, as well as detailed daily schedule updates, Monarch was able to coordinate a diverse team of professionals and suppliers to deliver a remarkable result for the client.
Monarch Building Solutions
Turco and Associates, The Dept of Design
Schlich Haus is the follow up to Monarch’s successful Irwin Street display home, which scooped a number of awards in 2010, including the MBA’s National Display Home of the Year (over $500,000).
Modern family living takes centre stage in this proudly contemporary home, which offers 328m2 of living space across two levels. While an expansive basement garage and two large storage areas add to an impressive list of amenities.
The ground floor is bathed in natural light thanks to large glass walls which extend the living areas to take in the alfresco dining, outdoor kitchen and custom built swimming pool. Oversized glass windows ensure thoughtfully framed views are enjoyed throughout the house. Part family room, part home theatre, the high-tech media room changes roles with the touch of a button.
A traditional study area sits quietly at the front of the house alongside the private guest bedroom.
Take the feature-laden bespoke stairwell up to the second level to enjoy the light-filled hallway, which maximises its space with clever study and seating pods. Each of the three upstairs bedrooms are secluded and appointed with its own en suite.The steel blade staircase screen mixes function with art and was handcrafted on-site by Monarch’s supremely skilled fabricators.
The exterior showcases the latest in low maintenance and contemporary finishes, including fibre cement panelling, stunning split-face brick and stone cladding.
Monarch is a family-owned Canberra business employing around 60 staff. Our meticulous attention to detail is one of our greatest strengths and we have been consistently awarded for building excellence since our establishment in 2005.
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