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The Aardvarc Approach

At Aardvarc, we’re driven by a love of nature and an appreciation for practical and personal design. Whether applied to residential, multi-residential, commercial or retail projects, we approach design using novel ideas, and both new and used materials, in order to produce environmentally conscious and meaningful architecture.  We respect our Clients’ most valuable resources – time and money, and seek to preserve these finite commodities.  Instead of design for design’s sake, we believe that the best design is shaped through collaboration between everyone involved, all working towards a common goal.

Services

We provide a range of services from planning to completion of a project. These include design and documentation, development applications, construction, on-site consultation services, in-house consultation services and in-house seminars.

People

  • Mick Hellen

    Mick Hellen

    Mick Hellen is an Architect and Registered Builder in Brisbane, Queensland. After completing trade apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery, Mick worked in commercial, industrial and residential construction throughout South-East Qld, NSW and the USA. Click here for more info

  • Ashley Wood

    Ashley Wood

    Graduate Architect. Click here for more info

  • Angelina Deck

    Angelina Deck

    Graduate Architect. Click here for more info

  • Jade Loo

    Jade Loo

    Graduate Architect. Click here for more info

Friends

  • Archilovers
  • Green Magazine
  • Sanctuary Magazine
  • World Architects
  • Sea Breeze
  • BOM
  • Surfing Life
  • Fish About

Projects

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  • Renovations

  • New Homes

  • Furniture & Details

  • Pools and Landscaping

  • Drawing Board

  • Commercial & Multi-Residential

Why Choose Us?

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Testimonials

 

“The house is great. We spent a fortnight there over Xmas/New Year with our kids and various friends coming and going. So we settled into it then and have spent most weekends since getting things ready for rentals (at a suitably sedate pace of course).

“One of our friend’s teenage daughters made a comment after a few days there (without any seeding from us) that it was just like camping, so you certainly got the feel right!

David |  Lot 86

 

“Thank you very much to you and your staff for making sure everything went smoothly for us during the build and making sure everything is perfect. We love the new kitchen and we are using the deck every day, which is great.

Kathy | East Brisbane

 

“This was such a new idea to me; I didn’t know anyone at the time that had ever used an architect, so I was truly traveling blind. I did my research, and chose Mick Hellen at Aardvarc because (A)  he was well known in the AIA (B) a winner (C) a bit hippy but likes fishing  (D) evidently good at making nice QLD  style homes (E) also builds.  I was pleased with the experience, Mick and his team through the whole experience have been helpful, prompt, patient and accommodating.  I also wanted someone who could give my little bro (the builder) some guidance or advice if required. He could also help both me, and my brother, learn about the whole process – design, development approval, building approval, energy efficiency assessment, construction contract review and selection, etc.  I was reserved somewhat in my approach to the whole building process as I had heard SOOO many horror stories, or been advised by so many people of how difficult and frustrating the process is. So far – all good!”

Esther | Switch

Awards

2017

Sustainable House Day Build It Local Design Competition
• First Prize – Professional Category.

2015

The Triffid
 Beatrice Hutton Award for Commercial Architecture – AIA Queensland Architecture Awards.

Living Room
 Brisbane Regional Commendation Residential Architecture (Alterations & Additions) – AIA  Queensland Architecture Awards.

Sustainable Housing for Life Design Award
 Finalist – Professional Category.

2014 

Thorn
• House of the Year – Darling Downs/West Moreton Regional Architecture Awards.
 Regional Commendation  – Darling Downs/West Moreton Regional Architecture Awards.

Living Room
• Finalist Landscape Design – BPN Sustainability Awards.
 Best Domestic Project Award  – Master Concreters Association of QLD Excellence in Industry Award.

2013

Trellis House
• Brisbane Regional Commendation, Sustainable Architecture – AIA Queensland Architecture Awards.
 Brisbane Regional Commendation, Small Project Architecture – AIA Queensland Architecture Awards.

Thorn
• Gold Award for Excellence – Ipswich City Council Design Heritage Environment.

2012

HIA (Housing Industry Association)
• Renovation/Addition Project Up to $300k Finalist

2009

Green House
• Queensland State Regional Commendation, Small Project Architecture – AIA Queensland Architecture Awards.
 Brisbane Regional Commendation, Small Project Architecture – AIA Queensland Architecture Awards.

2007

Sea Breeze, 1770
• Central Queensland Regional Building of the Year, Central Queensland Region RAIA Awards.
 Central Queensland Regional Commendation, Central Queensland Region RAIA Awards.

2001

HIA Queensland Housing Awards (with Arcstyle)
• Most Innovative Use of Steel in Housing (Renovations & Additions).

HIA South East Queensland Housing Awards (with Arcstyle)
• Winner – Renovations and Additions up to $160k.

2000

Queensland Government Smart Housing Awards (with Arcstyle)
• Certificate of Recognition for Residential.

Recognition

RAIA 2007 2007 RAIA Central Queensland Regional Building of the Year and Sustainability Award winner.

“It has a beautifully judged elegance achieved without any ostentation. The subtle greens of the lightweight cladding tone with the translucent panels recede into the shadows of the gnarled Bloodwoods, Xanthorrhoea and Livingstonias, leaving only the tracery of the fine timber battened construction on show. The stepping longitudinal section of this project is masterful in directing view, inducing ventilation and choreographing lifestyle. Handrails, roof pitches, floor levels and framing details have a rightness that can only come from a love of nature, a mastery of construction methods and an absolute commitment to architectural quality.”
RAIA Judge 2007 Peter Skinner Head of Architecture, University of Qld

Victoria’s 2010 Design Festival – State of Design – Scale vs. Status competition

The competition required a design with 1:50 model and plans to demonstrate how a respectable size home for a given situation can have thermal and energy efficiency and sustainable material selection.

Publications

  • Sanctuary Magazine (June, 2014) – “Ipswich Infill”
  • House & Garden (November, 2014) – Top 50 Rooms – “Eau Naturale”
  • Q-weekend (November, 2014) – “The player: John Collins and the Triffid  has his finger on the pulse”
  • Brisbane News (August, 2014) – “Backyard Bliss”
  • GREEN Magazine (November-December, 2013) Issue 34 – “Alfresco!”
  • GREEN Magazine (September-October, 2013) Issue 33 – “Trellised”
  • Architectural Digest China (May, 2012)
  • B-mag (August, 2012) – “Inside Out”
  • Sanctuary: Modern Green Homes (March 2012) Issue 20 – “Inside and Out”
  • House & Garden (Nov, 2009) – Top 50 Rooms : “Natural Instinct”
  • Daily Telegraph (August, 2009) – “Jen dives into new job”
  • House & Garden (Nov, 2007) -Top 50 Rooms
  • Bligh Tanner News (Autumn, 2007)

Recognition

RAIA 2007 2007 RAIA Central Queensland Regional Building of the Year and Sustainability Award winner.

“It has a beautifully judged elegance achieved without any ostentation. The subtle greens of the lightweight cladding tone with the translucent panels recede into the shadows of the gnarled Bloodwoods, Xanthorrhoea and Livingstonias, leaving only the tracery of the fine timber battened construction on show. The stepping longitudinal section of this project is masterful in directing view, inducing ventilation and choreographing lifestyle. Handrails, roof pitches, floor levels and framing details have a rightness that can only come from a love of nature, a mastery of construction methods and an absolute commitment to architectural quality.”
RAIA Judge 2007 Peter Skinner Head of Architecture, University of Qld

 

Victoria’s 2010 Design Festival – State of Design – Scale vs. Status competition

The competition required a design with 1:50 model and plans to demonstrate how a respectable size home for a given situation can have thermal and energy efficiency and sustainable material selection.

Publications

  • •  Sanctuary Magazine (June, 2014) – “Ipswich Infill”
  • •  House & Garden (November, 2014) – Top 50 Rooms – “Eau Naturale”
  • •  Q-weekend (November, 2014) – “The player: John Collins and the Triffid  has his finger on the pulse”
  • •  Brisbane News (August, 2014) – “Backyard Bliss”
  • •  GREEN Magazine (November-December, 2013) Issue 34 – “Alfresco!”
  • •  GREEN Magazine (September-October, 2013) Issue 33 – “Trellised”
  • •  Architectural Digest China (May, 2012)
  • •  B-mag (August, 2012) – “Inside Out”
  • •  Sanctuary: Modern Green Homes (March 2012) Issue 20 – “Inside and Out”
  • •  House & Garden (Nov, 2009) – Top 50 Rooms : “Natural Instinct”
  • •  Daily Telegraph (August, 2009) – “Jen dives into new job”
  • •  House & Garden (Nov, 2007) -Top 50 Rooms
  • •  Bligh Tanner News (Autumn, 2007)

 

Contact Us

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Contact Us

Mick Hellen
Aardvarc
Level 1, 199a Boundary Street
WEST END QLD 4101

Ph: 07 3844 4009

[email protected]

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Vulture Street

A tiny home needed a seamless connection to the private back yard. Natural light highlights the structure without compromising privacy.

Trellis House

Trellis House is an economical refurbishment and addition to a Post-War Cottage where the design is driven by a desire to appreciate and experience the surrounding environment. The trellis, attached to a cost-effective trim-deck shell, forms the conceptual framework for the extension. The vines allow favourable seasonal change by shading the shell during summer and allowing light and heat penetration during winter. The overall result is a tight, cost effective extension where sustainable design elements have been used to greatly enhance the sense of space.

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Green House

"Green House” was recently awarded a Queensland State commendation, as well as a local Brisbane commendation, at the 2009 Queensland Architecture Awards. Positioned on a small block, similar to most houses within in this suburb, the limited space did not limit the architectural vision. As the timber and glass bi-fold doors peel away, the backyard sanctuary, with its plunge pool and exterior fireplace, becomes part of the home. The project was designed and built by Aardvarc.

Paddington

Traditional Queenslanders and workers cottages are quintessential to the Paddington streetscape. The renovation to this workers cottage stays true to its original style, whilst also allowing for maximum ventilation, natural light, airflow and contemporary notions of indoor/outdoor living and entertaining.

East Brisbane

This old Queenslander, close to the hustle and bustle of the Brisbane city, was in need of a renovation which would transform the boxy kitchen area into an open indoor/outdoor living space, suited for relaxed gatherings with family and friends.

Wilston

This renovation has transformed a classic post-war house into an adaptable, functional and contemporary home. A combination of rendered concrete and glass louvers to the rear extension allows maximum airflow and abundant light throughout the space. The design ensures fluidity between internal and external spaces, allowing the occupants to embrace the subtropical climate within which their home is located.

Thorn

The design of the Thorn Street House in Ipswich, Queensland was primarily driven by a desire to produce an energy efficient home with a low ecological impact. The living spaces are positioned to maximize the site’s northern orientation and city views. Sprawling branches from an old mango tree form a natural canopy over the deck as well as providing natural shade, light filtration and privacy screening to the kitchen area.

Living Room

NEW HOME

The desire for outdoor/indoor living within a residential backyard has led to the creation of the 'Living Room'. Shrouded in plants and labelled with recycled artefacts, 'Living Room' was designed to be sustainable on all levels. camouflaged with the surrounding environment and provide an enjoyable space for the occupants, neighbours, and local wildlife to inhabit throughout the year.

162 New Farm

86 Sea Breeze

'Sea Breeze' is a luxury beach house located at 'Sunrise at 1770' conservation development on the coast at Agnes Water situated at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. The conceptual framework was to create a luxury beach house that had soul, spiritual ambience and a transparent relationship with the natural setting.

Lot 36

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Details - Interior

Architectural details and components such as lighting fixtures, high ornate ceilings and impressive architectural roof lines are an important inclusions throughout Aardvarc designs, in order to create the character, charm and architectural style of the home that is suited to the microclimate of the site.  

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Features & Details

Lighting

Trellis Detail

Morningside

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Morningside

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Wilston

Living Room

The Living Room's use of recycled items throughout juxtaposes the soft landscape and a green roof with native grasses camouflages the structure within its surrounding environment.

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Sea Breeze, 1770

Enoggera Terrace

Concept Tarragindi

An existing home gets a simple facelift enabling a fluid connection between indoor and out, and reflective of the sub-tropical context.

Concept Red Hill

A tranquil and private sleeping pavilion is proposed amongst the existing tropical garden to the rear of a Queensland workers cottage.

Parkway Drive Highfield

A detached studio floats amongst the native bushland, providing a hideaway for study, reading, guest accommodation and birdwatching.

Concept West End

This proposal is to revitalize a basic brick home on a flood prone site.  The proposal uses traditional materials, of timber and tin, in a way that is aesthetically, functionally and climatically appropriate as a means of complimenting the existing character streetscape whilst also promoting Brisbane’s unique subtropical architecture in a more contemporary context.

Community

Papua Nugini

River Terrace

Triffid

The Triffid is a music venue and beer garden located in Newstead's historic World War Two hangars. With an imposing archived roofline and 490 square metres of outdoor beer garden, the space was designed to be a music haven where people could go to watch a band, have a great night, get something to eat and have a drink with friends.

King Street

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Wilston Home

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