PAUL BARNETT DESIGN GROUP
SERVICES

SERVICES

PBDG are Canberra Architects who focus on sustainable house design as well as environmentally sustainable design for schools and government projects.

Education 

PBDG are Canberra Architects who have extensive experience designing for the education sector. We have produced architecture plans for a large number of schools and early learning childhood centres in Canberra.

High-performance Buildings

Architect  Canberra – Architecture Services in Canberra for Residential, house projects. We can assist with your house floor plans, renovation plans, project management services, full architecture services. 

Masterplanning

When you make the biggest purchase of your life with a home, or build a facility for the community, it has to be functional, practical and fit for purpose. We believe it should be beautiful as well, and beautifully made.

We believe beauty, although expressed differently socially, culturally and contextually, stirs our soul through its presence and contributes to the richness and fabric of everyday life.

We express it as ornament, which occurs in three scales: image in the landscape, composition and detail. It is also expressed as integrated, applied and discrete elements.

We design using an initiative process that moves between idea, space, geometry, pattern, colour, texture, material and draw reference from mathematical proportions and harmony in nature.

How do we go about master planning? From sighting the landscape and working with natural and created elements on each site. We acknowledge the vision and idea behind the project to create sources, journeys and habitats. We define the spaces with geometry and scale. Structural forces are defined by the geometry. Pattern, rhythm and movement in the geometry. Materials give substance to the form. Textures, colours and ornament bring life to the building as an organism and a reflection of the ideas it embodies.

A plan might display a geometric pattern, an elevation might express elements of the plan in different colours and materials.

Public Works  

PBDG are often involved in a variety of works outside the realm of architecture.

We work with an amazing range of talented and skilled local artists, artisans and craftspeople in our projects, from the conception phase to the final installation. Whether it is to lift our own designs to the next level or help them pursue and reveal their vision.

An idea can emerge from practical needs and from a range of inspirational sources, such as nature, and working with artistic minded people enable the idea to manifest at an extremely high level of skill and quality.

Interiors

Paul Barnett Design Group works with talented artists and artisans to help produce stunning architectural buildings for clients in the education and government sectors as well as for residential projects in the Canberra Region.

PBDG’s philosophy is that there should be a cohesive design in the built form as a whole, flowing from the landscape, through to the interiors. Natural materials, an array of colours, form and texture and the engagement of local artists for custom artworks are integral to this approach. We work closely on every project with artisans from many disciplines to ensure that the spaces are enjoyed by those who will inhabit them. There are many ways to introduce such elements, from a small piece of coloured glass in a window, providing a gem of colourful light in a classroom, to a large timber splayed tree trunk at a reception counter.

Artisanship

We have worked with an amazing range of talented and skilled artists and artisans in our projects, from the conception phase to the final installation. The beauty of a collaborative approach enables a unique and fresh design response for every project we undertake.

An idea can emerge from practical needs and from a range of inspirational sources, such as nature, and working with artistic minded people enable the idea to manifest at an extremely high level of skill and quality. 

It is through the dance between ideas, art and artisanship that we imbue our work with qualities beyond the functional and practical, and attempt, in the spirit of artistic endeavour, to create something that is beautiful and speaks to us.

Project and Construction Management 

SCOPE OF PROJECT

Defining the scope of a project is an initial and integral part of the construction management process. We are thorough and diligent in defining what is required from the outset and provide clear and concise communication in the event that any scope changes are required.

PROCUREMENT STRATEGY

There are a number of approaches that can be taken to the management of a project. During initial briefing and scoping meetings, we are able to ascertain the most appropriate approach for each project. Generally speaking, we have found that Construction Management is a great team approach, as it enables a continued review of the budget and scope to ensure that the client gets the best outcome. However, Lump Sum too is sometimes a preferred option when the scope if defined early on and there aren’t likely to be too many changes.

COSTINGS

We carry out extensive briefing meetings with clients to ensure that the scope of work is very well defined, prior to the commencement of a project. When necessary, we will also engage a Quantity Surveyor to provide an estimate of the works.