Architecture - Bachelors

Brookes Living & Co-working Space

The purpose of the Brookes Apartment design is to provide a high quality mid-rise mixed used building that appropriately respond to the sub-tropical site context and issues for the community physical and mental health. The design is developed with two different client types: Working professional in early career startup entrepreneur who might be using workspace a lot requiring short-term lease and Working professional who live and work within the building for longer term leases. The office is designed to be focused for workers in IT field. The design incorporates pedestrian pathway to connect with the community while utilised for public amenities as well to connect Brookes street and Jeays street and activates the communal area f0r the dwellers to connect to wider community. The colour palette for this apartment is using a neutral colour to adjust with the neighbourhood existing conditions.

Irene Patricia Wirawan

Brookes Living & Co-working Space


“Designing spaces to promote good mental health – and to support people with mental health problems – is an integral part of building a sustainable city,”

(McCay, n.d.)


Designed for different purposes of residential building and co-working space, the programs are divided into three main flow which is private for the apartment, semi-private for the office, and public for the communal area. All those areas are integrated with each other to give the
connectedness sense and reduce stress and loneliness as the building is focusing on users who might have a high workload in the daily basis activities.


The podium is harnessed for the community amenities as a pedestrian pathway to go across Brookes street to Jeays street or vice versa and simultaneously encourage people to have movement to improve physical health while maintaining the mental health by connecting dwellers within the building with the wider community.

The community that emerged within the building activates the area and is really beneficial for commercial purposes as the area is provided with retail, cafe, and coffee shop to increase social interaction. This solution generates a high level of human activity within the podium levels and improves human engagement with the building design. The design of open communal spaces provides an approach for people to interact with others. It does not limit the usage of the building but invites the wider community by giving the public amenities that can be used for everyone to interact and contributes.


The greeneries are integrated with the building design not only around the communal areas but also around the canopy as it is not only could protecting the sun for building users but also create a fresh atmosphere by reducing the carbon footprint to provide both LIVEABLE green healthy environments and climate RESPONSIVE solutions. Both office tower and apartment tower are connected with the bridge that could embrace the connection throughout the building from the private, semi-private, and public zone of communal areas below where the wider community contributes to activate.

When going through the bridge, the user not only interacts with the community but also with more-than-human members of the natural environment as it is directly connected to the streetscape and softscapes that soften the building facade. The built form and the greeneries facade create the identity and distinctive character to the project while softening the harsh built form in PDA at the same time.

Irene Patricia Wirawan

Irene Patricia Wirawan is a young enthusiastic undergraduate student who is currently taking double degree at Queensland University of Technology and University of Indonesia both majoring in Architecture. In addition, Irene is a critical, persistent, and responsible individual. She also loves to learn new things and she is really passionate in creative design thinking, architectural planning, and building construction. She has a big interest in environmental management as she become the part of team thinker at Architecture and Sustainability Cluster of Architecture Department Engineering Faculty in University of Indonesia.