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Inaspace designing new KFC national rollout

By | Architecture, Inaspace, Interiors, Technology

We are thrilled to now release the new KFC look! In September last year KFC Australia asked us to create their new front of house brand standard design. Over the last six months Inaspace collaborated with various designers and architects to create a KFC design guide. This brand new look will be used by all architect and design consultants in Australia working on KFCs. We also created a virtual reality model for the KFC team to walkthrough, including the global CEO.

Authenticity was the brief, and we have blended modern finishes to highlight the history of the company. The spotlight is back on the Colonel and the “Kentucky Fried Chicken” brand with new graphics and murals. The signage is a throwback to the original brand with the bucket and stripes.

2019 marks 10 years of Inaspace working on KFCs and this project is particularly special. It’s incredibly rewarding knowing that our designs have been recognised, leading us to contributing to the brand on a national scale. The new design will be rolled out across new stores and adapted for existing store upgrades. Be on the lookout for some cheeky hidden quotes and graffiti style murals!

Presenting to the Global CEO of KFC!

By | Architecture, Inaspace, VR

At the end of last year we had the incredible opportunity to present our latest KFC design to the global CEO of YUM! 

We were asked by the KFC Australia team to fly to Sydney and help present the latest national design to Greg Creed – CEO of Yum! Brands which operates KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut worldwide. We were pleasantly surprised to find that Greg comes from Brisbane and was recently named Restaurant leader of the year!

There was a meet and greet followed by our presentation where we showed him through the latest brand standard store design via virtual reality. Greg had never tried VR before but was a natural at navigating through the model. We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to present our design and services to the global CEO and more so that we are recognised by KFC Australia as being at the forefront of design for their brand.

Keep your eyes peeled for the new design which is due to be made public soon!

Inaspace paving the way for architecture with Virtual Reality

By | Architecture, Inaspace, VR

Virtual Reality (VR) technology makes architectural plans easier to understand and saves time and money.

Virtual Reality is a visual tool that allows our clients to experience 3D computer simulated environments. With tracking sensors and a headset, users explore and interact in a space that doesn’t physically exist. If the user’s head turns, the graphics reacts accordingly – this means you can walk around, look through a window or confirm furniture heights just like you would in real life.

Clients can also experience a virtual model without wearing the headset by watching a video “flythrough” of the 3D space or via an online walkthrough.

VR is for every body and any project

You don’t need to be an IT expert to use the software. The global CEO of KFC found our equipment useful in understanding a new building design, while a 60 year old farmer was able to intuitively interact with the model of his new home despite never having used a computer or played video games before.

The 3D models we now build are helpful for everyone on the project. The models are so easy to interpret that construction errors are minimized because engineers and trades people can immediately read the design. In the past we hand sketched 2D plans and elevations with image boards and renders. Now we communicate more powerfully and effectively.

There is no project too big or to small for VR. We have modelled projects ranging from as little as 40m2 to as massive 2.7 hectares consisting of dozens of buildings.

VR advantages

  • Time and money saved
  • Design presentation is interactive
  • Viewing the proposed design at a real life scale results in better understanding
  • Make instant changes to finishes
  • Real time and location sunlight adjustments (morning, afternoon, night time etc)
  • Able to discuss details much earlier in the design process
  • Design comprehension increased
  • Misinterpretation of drawings by builders and trades people decreased
  • More efficient and effective problem solving
  • Addressing problems via the 3D model leads to less on site changes
  • More streamlined correspondence prior to construction and less on site visits
  • Greater marketing potential for clients, investors, tenants or customers

What can I expect?

We model in 3D simultaneous to hand designing and documenting. Here are some examples of how quickly we produce VR ready models whilst designing / documenting a project.

1-2 Days (no textures)

1 week (Basic materials added)

2 weeks+ (Detailed model)

Where can I view a VR model?

To get the most out of a model we recommend coming to our office for the full VR experience however we can also come to you or send a link for you to view online anywhere in the world. Check out the comparison table below to get an idea of what to expect when viewing at different locations.

 Inaspace OfficeYour office*At home**
Walk through computer model✔️✔️✔️
Adjust daylighting✔️✔️✔️
VR compatible (use with headset)✔️✔️
Make instant changes to model (materials, layouts etc)✔️
High Res render quality✔️✔️Draft quality only
Realistic grass / reflections✔️✔️

*Inaspace presentation at your office OR using your computer with the minimum hardware requirements
**Requires internet connection + install WEB GL2 on Chrome or Firefox

VR is a great tool to compliment technical drawings and achieve a successful project. Inaspace is excited to be at the forefront of architecture with this technology. It’s impossible to describe what it’s like so we welcome the opportunity for clients to come in and try it! The only way to really see it is if you’re looking at it!

If you want to know more feel free get in touch and in the meantime

Check out an online model here!

Appreciating local suppliers

By | Architecture, Interiors, Uncategorized

Since opening a new office in Melbourne last year we have found so many incredible local products and suppliers, so we thought we would share a few of our favourite hidden gems.

We recently stumbled upon Elegance tiles while searching for local tiles for one of our regional Victorian projects. The Elegance website is so intuitive to navigate which makes our job easier to select from their huge range. They have every bit of information you could need and have included descriptions of tile types (what on earth does rectified mean?!) as well as explaining important info about tile slip ratings – beautiful! We can’t wait to get some of their products in our projects.

Here are a few quick ones that we love.

Aboutspace is one of our go to suppliers with an incredibly large range of lighting at an awesome price point. They are also able to do custom lights for any bespoke projects! We would recommend going straight to their reductions page as they always have a lot of beautiful lights being discontinued at low prices.

We found Adelaide based furniture makers Senkki at Melbourne Denfair. Whilst cheap contemporary scandi designs are every where now, it’s refreshing to find local companies who can offer hand made furniture with Australian timber. Their quality craftsmanship is second to none and we really appreciate their attention to detail!

Finding quality suppliers and products we can rely on and trust is an important part of our job and we’re looking forward to seeing what new suppliers we find this year through all of the trade expo’s and exhibitions!

Check out our new VR Portal

By | Architecture, Technology, Uncategorized, VR

A few months ago we launched the new VR page of our website. This is a new portal for clients to view and experience their projects in a way like never before.

With our virtual reality software training from 2017 + 2018 (via QLD government tech grant for small businesses) the Inaspace team have been pumping out 3d virtual models like no tomorrow. Much like the 90’s computer game the Sims, our clients are now able to walk through their project on their own computer to get an idea of what their project will look like before construction even begins.

The VR portal page now allows clients to have a password protected link to their model 24/7 and can share with any other consultants or people involved with the project.

The web standalone versions of our models can be run on any computer with a WebGL2 compatible browser (refer to our VR portal for further instructions on how to install WebGL2 – but put simply WebGL2 allows for real-time interactive 3D graphics in the web browser).

These online versions are a lower resolution which means they can be viewed quickly and easily regardless of computer specifications. Ultimately this means we can send to our clients to view and approve a design much quicker than we could before and they don’t require high end graphics cards to view it. It’s a convenient way for us to communicate with the client so they know exactly where the design is up to at any given time.

The limitations of the web standalone version means that it can’t be used with VR equipment to see it in full scale, nor does it have live updates to change out materials or furniture selections etc – though this can still be done in office and is very much encouraged to ensure the client is 100% happy with the design.

We are so stoked with how quickly our skills have grown and what we are able to offer our clients compared to 2 years ago. The investment in this technology has certainly paid off as you can’t beat being able to see a project to full scale and making material changes which is instantly reflected in the model for the client to see.

We are planning to look into the next level of VR with interactive audio and hopefully down the track the software allows for interactive animations. Looking forward to seeing what our projects look like in another 2 years but for now check out an example of walking through one of our recent projects.

2018 Reflection

By | Architecture, Heritage, Inaspace, Interiors

2018 was a GIGANTIC year for Inaspace which saw us celebrate our 15th year and push passed our 400th project! We reached many milestones along the way including;

+ Opening a new office in Melbourne

+ Most amount of Heritage projects completed in a year

+ Expanding the Inaspace team!

+ Most amount of KFC projects in a year

+ An award winning heritage project

+ Working on Brisbane’s only over water bar right under the Story Bridge!

+ Presenting national standard to the global CEO of KFC

+ Most amount of projects we’ve ever had in a year!

Take a look at some of our favourites and here’s hoping 2019 will be even bigger and better!

 

How our new renders compare to a completed project

By | Architecture, Concept, Inaspace, Interiors, Technology, Uncategorized, VR

It’s always exciting to see the final product of a project you’ve worked months on but it’s also refreshing to see how close our renders end up being to the completed photos as this is something we strive to achieve in the design development stage to ensure out clients understand what the final build will look like! Here is a snapshot of our concept of KFC Edmonton compared to final photos!

KFC Park Ridge construction almost complete

By | Architecture, Inaspace

Another new build KFC we worked on last year is almost complete! KFC Park Ridge is due to open to the public tomorrow and we are very excited to see it come together! We were able to push the boundaries on this one and the builders have done a great job on the fit out so far! Here are some sneak peek images from site.

Update on our architecturally designed holiday beach house

By | Architecture

So much serenity here at the Noosa beach house site! You won’t find a better breeze or view than being right on the water here and our clients have the perfect spot!

You don’t typically see a scandi style house on the Australian waterfront. In fact, initially we thought we’d have to tell our clients they were dreaming, but it’s so lovely to see their dream holiday home so close to completion! The builder has done a phenomenal job – every detail is executed beautifully and we think he wins the tidiest builder award! This one is going straight to the pool room!!

Check out what it has looked like along the way!

An archivirtual advantage

By | Architecture, Inaspace, Technology

Inaspace prepared a powerful submission titled “An ArchiVirtual Advantage” late last year to the Queensland Government. We are excited to announce that we were successful and we are the recipients of a Small Business Digital Grant to explore Virtual Reality in Architecture!

We know this is the future of architecture and we are embracing this new technology.  By simply popping on a headset our clients will be able to immerse themselves and “walk” through a virtual 3-dimensional model of their new or refurbished bar, restaurant, club or home. This revolutionary tool opens up a whole new world of design opportunities for both client and architect.

The investment will ensure that Inaspace are leaders in the field. We welcome our clients to embrace this next step for Inaspace which we will unfold over the coming months as we are trained in this new technology.

Check out the video below for an insight into virtual reality!

Brisbane south side residential design

By | Architecture, Inaspace

The owners of this house are putting their own time and energy into it, opting to build a good chunk of the renovations themselves! We are so pleased with the progress of the pool, deck and roof. It’s all coming along nicely and we can’t wait to see the kitchen and living room completed next!

The ultimate list of must-see Melbourne cafes, bars and restaurants

By | Architecture, Inaspace, Interiors

When you have the opportunity to fly to Melbourne, you take full advantage and that’s exactly what we did. The team took a trip a couple of weeks ago to visit Denfair – a design trade event which was a massive room filled with different suppliers of furniture, lighting, homewares, upholstery + fabrics as well as a selection of artists. It was great to be introduced to new brands – local manufacturers and products that we don’t have in Brisbane. We had a wander around and then headed back into Melbourne to check out the new trends.

We had set a rough list of cafes, restaurants and bars to visit and managed to get through quite a few every day leaving some time for spontaneous finds.

The perfect foodie day would begin with waking up early enough to get a good spot in line at Lune on Rose ST in Fitzroy for an amazing croissant or cruffin – baked in a glass box within an old warehouse. While you are there you may as well hang around for lunch down the street at Transformer – a must do restaurant for vegetarians! The fit out was befitting of the food served – very green inspired! Head on into the CBD to Oliver Lane for dinner at Lucy Liu which serves up INCREDIBLE Asian food. you’ll find an overload of timber battens, red lights and an open kitchen which is still the Melbourne trend it seems. If you’re still hungry / have another day in Melbourne / want to swap out veggies for a meat marathon then Gazi restaurant on Exhibition St is the way to go! Get the lamb to share and you will leave a very happy human.

We also managed to squeeze in some shopping, a trip to the theatre where seeing Matilda the musical brought back some childhood nostalgia, and we snuck into a few hidden bars that involved entering through a concealed laneway door, a freezer door and also a special knock to enter.

Happy 12th birthday Inaspace!

By | Architecture, Inaspace, Interiors

It might be a bit late… but the 14th of May marked our 12 YEAR ANNIVERSARY! With 12 projects to tender and 4 renovation projects completed (just this year), I am sure we can be forgiven for the late celebrations! Thank you to all that have supported Inaspace and we are excited to bring you many more projects!!