Green Bottle – Fer Jerez, SMAR: Guggenheim Uncommons

Gresley Abas Architects invites you to a green bottle talk with Fer Jerez from Western Australia/Madrid based SMAR Architecture Studio, Finalist of the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition.

Architecture modernity was first conceived to be at the service of people, but ended up becoming only a visual language… In a Changing Era where most institutions are migrating their public interfaces into cheap digital space instead of investing in physical buildings, the result of the competition was the biggest collection of Icons ever.

But… what you would you do if you had the opportunity to design the next Museum for the biggest Art Brand in the world?

Where:               Gresley Abas | 1/816 Hay Street | Perth CBD

When:                 Friday 9 October | 5:00pm for a 5:30pm start

RSVP:                 contact@gresleyabas.com.au |Monday 5 October

For further information on SMAR Architecture Studio see their website here

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Green Bottle – Andrew Boyne: Augusta Beach House

Gresley Abas Architects invites you to a green bottle talk with Andrew Boyne of Andrew T Boyne Architect.

The Augusta Beach House is a transportable holiday home constructed in a boat factory in Bibra Lake and trucked to Flinders Bay, Augusta. The house explores alternative lightweight construction methods and melds them with boat building materials and techniques. The resulting structure reflects the maritime interests of the clients, and responds to the harsh climatic conditions of Cape Leeuwin.

Location               Gresley Abas Studio | 1/816 Hay Street | Perth CBD

Date                      Friday 6th March | 5:00pm for a 5:30pm start

RSVP                     contact@gresleyabas.com.au

For further information on the Augusta Beach House please click here

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Season’s Greetings from Gresley Abas Architects!!

Please note our studio will be closed for the holidays from Monday 22nd December to Friday 2nd January.
We would like to wish everyone a good slide into the new year and a happy 2015! X

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JLC’s Last Strike

Last night we fare-welled our dear, star Graduate Architect Johannes; at “The Friendliest Bowl in the West”, before he flew East. You will be missed JLo!! xx

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Happy 10th Anniversary Gresley Abas !!

We celebrated 10 years of Gresley Abas with a lovely lunch at Lamonts in the Swan Valley on Sunday.  Followed by dessert at the Gresley Monk house, where it all began in 2004 xx

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Gresley Abas is Hiring!

Looking for a change?

We have recently won a number of great projects and are looking for people to join our team to get involved – experienced architects who are keen to consider becoming an integral part of Gresley Abas and staying with us well beyond the delivery of our current projects! The future is bright and we are growing our team through the addition of two new key roles.

If you (or people you know) are looking for a change of direction and might fit the description below, please send through your details.


. Senior Architect with 20yrs+ experience

Experience in projects above $10M is essential. Community / Sports and Multi-Residential experience ideal. Coordinating REVIT and/or BIM knowledge is not required but would be advantageous. Recent local experience preferred.

We are looking for a leader in technical aspects of projects to ensure the delivery of our design intent to highly satisfied clients. This position includes leading / mentoring our project architects to deliver successful projects – through your project management acumen, quality documentation knowledge, sophisticated construction detailing, communication skill, consultant coordination experience, program management ability and the like. You will be supported by a dynamic and talented award-winning team.

Current Perth residents are preferred for this full-time position. We would consider a part-time arrangement if you are the right person.


. Project / Design Architect with 8yrs+ experience

REVIT proficiency and extensive experience in projects above $5M is essential. Community buildings and Multi-Res experience ideal. Recent local experience preferred.

We’re looking for great communication skills, shown in your ability to work collaboratively and to effectively manage team members and sub consultants in the delivery of a project. You are a good all-rounder with strong design and technical skills.

This is a full time position and a chance to extend your project delivery experience to take the lead in a growing firm. Get to know more about us here at our blog or have a look at our website at www.gresleyabas.com.au

If you are interested: tell us why you are the right person and send in a CV with some examples of your work to careers@gresleyabas.com.au

Immediate start available. Application deadline Friday 23rd May 2014……..Thanks!

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Green Bottle – Don Cooper: The Atmospheric Vortex Engine

Gresley Abas invites you to a green bottle talk with Donald Cooper, Vortex Engineer.


The atmospheric vortex engine has been developed and patented independently over several decades by the engineer Louis Michaud in Canada and physicist Norman Louat in Australia.
The system makes use of the strong positive feedback characteristic of atmospheric vortices to utilise low grade energy resources for the purpose of power generation and climate moderation. An atmospheric vortex is an example of what Ilya Prigogine calls a dissipative structure. The vortex is able to reduce entropy locally, while increasing entropy on a global scale. The system can reduce the global greenhouse effect and aid in moderating global temperature.

The concept has been endorsed in principle by highly regarded experts:
“…What’s necessary at this point is to do proofs of concept,” says professor Kerry Emanuel, the hurricane expert at MIT. “[The] idea is pretty simple and elegant. My own feeling is that we ought to be pouring money into all kinds of alternative energy research. There’s almost nothing to lose in trying this…”


Location               Gresley Abas Studio | 1/816 Hay Street | Perth CBD

Date                      Friday 23rd May | 5:00pm for a 5:30pm start

RSVP                     contact@gresleyabas.com.au


Links for further information:

The Atmospheric Vortex Engine

Who’s looking – Vortex Engine Site Access Since July 2011


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Landcorp’s Gen Y Competition Awards

The GA team L-R: Lisa McGann, Greg James, Johannes Lupolo Chan, Miriam Jeffreys, Jenni Star

The winner of Landcorp’s Gen Y housing Competition was announced last Monday night, at a very polished awards soirée held at the Old Swan Brewery, and compared by the incomparable Fenella Kernebone. Congratulations go to David Barr and his team for taking home the Prize. We can’t wait to see his design built!

The Gresley Abas team did not go home empty-handed however, earning the sole Commendation awarded in the competition. Word is the judging was very close, and we’re happy to hear that we provided the judges with a compelling alternative and a difficult decision to make. The Gap House was commended for it’s rationality, affordability, replicability, and it’s highly legible plan. We agree (of course!) so perhaps the Gap House will find another incarnation someday.

Enormous thanks go to Landcorp – particularly Anna Evangelisti who championed and ran the competition.

Check out some images from our submission below. More info from Landcorp here.

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Green Bottle – Michael Phillips: Community-Build India

Gresley Abas invites you to a green bottle talk with Michael Phillips from Curtin University.


Presenting the design and construction process of an education/play space built over 4 days.   The project was part of  an annual International study tour to India  with Curtin University with a focus on developing heritage, educational, sanitation initiatives in the village of Lakhnu, Utter Pradesh, India.  Michael worked in collaboration with Dr Bhanuben Nanavati College Of Architecture For Woman in Pune, India


Michael will be discussing vernacular construction methods, collaborative design methods and Indian design perspectives.


Location: Gresley Abas Studio | 1/816 Hay Street | Perth CBD

Date: Friday 13 September | 5:00pm for a 5:30pm start




Next Green Bottle:

Donald Cooper, Vortexengineer: The Atmospheric Vortex Engine, Friday 23rd May, 5.30pm.


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Green Bottle – Garrett Bray: Building Bridges in Tanzania,Friday 21st March

Gresley Abas invites you to a green bottle talk with Garrett Bray, 2013 WA Young Professional Engineer of the Year from BG&E.

Over the course of 5 weeks in early 2013, a group of engineers and technicians from the BG&E Perth Office travelled to the remote Usambara mountains in Tanzania to complete the construction of four bridge and culvert structures as part of a pro bono engineering project in conjunction with the local communities and MamboSteunPunt, a local not-for-profit enterprise.


The original timber bridges had been significantly damaged by floods in 2011 and were rendered unusable for the purposes of produce trade via trucks and passenger transport via buses. The design required solutions that would resist future flood events and feature improved durability and wearing surfaces while being feasible to construct with hand tools and manual labour.


This presentation will give an overview of how the team became involved in the project; conditions in the local area; the decisions taken to create a design appropriate for the local conditions; how the challenges of construction with basic hand tools in a remote location were overcome; and how the team worked to build the capacity of the local construction team through the project.


A discussion will follow on pro bono within the built environment industry with mention of a new pilot organisation, PIBECH, the Public Interest Built Environment Clearing House, as an organisation to facilitate, record and promote pro bono work in WA.


Location: Gresley Abas Studio | 1/816 Hay Street | Perth CBD

Date: Friday 21st March | 5:00pm for a 5:30pm start

RSVP:  contact@gresleyabas.com.au


For further information see links below:

Short video featuring the project

PIBECH Website



Next Green Bottles:

Michael Phillips, Curtin University: Community-Build India, Friday 4th April, 5.30pm.

Donald Cooper, Vortexengineer: The Atmospheric Vortex Engine, Friday 23rd May, 5.30pm.




Posted by Heather