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In this issue of Village Life we reveal West Village’s exciting new cultural partnerships and welcome Barko & Co. to parkside eatery The Garden Pantry. We get an exclusive look inside the recently completed Arcadia North Gallery and an insight into some of the retailers that will soon be calling West Village home. For plant lovers – learn how to nurture your plants and gardens through our hottest season and get summer style guidance from a leading Brisbane stylist Laura Churchill. To round out the issue we commemorate Sekisui House Australia’s 10th Anniversary.

We hope you are inspired by this edition of authentic urban village living.

features
metro arts
summer styling
camerata
THIS season
Metro Arts
open September 2020
“Metro Arts’ new, modern, fit-for-purpose home will allow us to refocus our priorities on supporting more artists, developing more new work, invigorating Brisbane’s cultural scene and providing exceptional experiences to audiences”
– Metro Arts CEO and Creative Director, Jo Thomas.
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“Metro Arts’ new, modern, fit-for-purpose home will allow us to refocus our priorities on supporting more artists, developing more new work, invigorating Brisbane’s cultural scene and providing exceptional experiences to audiences”

– Metro Arts CEO and Creative Director,
Jo Thomas.

Metro Arts is Queensland’s leading multi-arts organisation that supports and mentors artists across disciplines to realise their creative works, present their work to audiences and help build their career pathways locally, nationally and internationally. Metro Arts has held their respected position in the arts sector for almost four decades and as many locals know, a heritage-listed building on Brisbane’s Edward Street was their home for all that time.

With the recent sale of the building, Metro Arts was on the lookout for a new residence, one that could support emerging and established artists with state-of-the-art technology, performance facilities and flexible collaborative spaces. West Village developers Sekisui House Australia, and builders Hutchinson Builders, are proud to announce they answered the call, becoming Founding Venue Partners with Metro Arts. Through this partnership, they will provide a multifunctional purpose-built facility within West Village that will include an underground theatre, two galleries, two rehearsal rooms, access to an outdoor event area and dedicated office space.

With the capital generated from the sale, Metro Arts was able to establish the ground-breaking Metro Arts Future Fund (MAFF). This bold and sustainable fund will boost the state’s arts sector by funding artist development, the production of new work, and initiatives to foster and grow local audiences. As stated by Metro Arts Board Chair Michael Cottier, the MAFF presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to drive a new period of creative growth in Queensland and is a means to ensure artists and arts projects will be funded for decades into the future.

Before moving into West Village, Metro Arts will farewell their previous venue with a two week festival in February 2020 that will incorporate their 40th Birthday celebrations.

Follow Metro Arts on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date with their big move and their September launch (which will be part of Brisbane Festival 2020). For details on how you can support the MAFF check their website www.metroarts.com.au.

2020 marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in Metro Arts’ history with a move to the creative neighbourhood of West End and the establishment of the Metro Arts Future Fund.
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35 New Specialty Providores
coming in 2021
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The heritage-listed Peters Ice Cream and Cone Factories are the heart of the West Village precinct and the vibrant laneways surrounding the factories will become one of Brisbane’s most unique retail experiences.

This new stage, scheduled to open in early 2021, will encompass a full-line Woolworths supermarket and liquor outlet, a fresh food market, a Goodlife Health Club and 35 specialty food providores. To ensure accessibility for the community and to support local traders, a basement carpark providing 450 parking spaces for the public will be delivered as part of the retail services.

West Village is a pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood and linking Boundary Street, West Village and Mollison Street retail environments was an important part of the Village design. To uphold a commitment to the local community and to maximise walkability and connectivity, the next stage of the project will include Mollison Green, the second of two publically-accessible parks within the site.

Preparatory works on the new stage have already begun and a select team are working hard to deliver a precinct that thoughtfully integrates residential galleries, historic landmarks, heritage laneways, commercial zones, community facilities and landscaped green spaces.

West Village continues to evolve and we look forward to sharing our exciting progress as we transform into a world-class urban village.

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Our newest
Garden Pantry
eatery

The reviews are in – the wider Brisbane community have made it clear why newcomers Barko & Co. have garnered such a solid position in the city’s café scene. The Garden Pantry welcomed the Murillo family and their team to the boutique eatery and celebrated the opening of their second venue in late 2019. This family-owned and run business is an excellent addition to the West Village family with their sought-after brunch offerings, hand selected single origin organic coffee and sustainable ethos.

Brisbanites love breakfast, and if it’s an uncomplicated menu you’re looking for, Barko & Co. is going to become your local favourite. There’s mainstays like Avo On Toast, Eggs Your Way and fresh bagels alongside Spanish classics and a divine brioche French toast for the sweet-tooths out there. For the health conscious, sample Barko & Co.’s delicious bowls of goodness, salads, wraps, açaí bowls, smoothies, juices, healthy shots and mindful treats (Coffee Fruit Bars – more on this, opposite). From small bites to wholesome bowls, they have so many feel-good options to choose from.

With a customary mix of Australian and European beers and wines, Barko & Co. have got your after work drinks covered (their Australian gins are sure to catch your eye). Although there are plenty of classic cocktails to satisfy every occasion, their signature cocktail, Barko’s Sweet Melons, comes highly recommended.

Barko & Co. are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and can be found on Boundary Street, overlooking The Common parkland.

Coffee
fruit bar
Australia’s first environmentally conscious health bar tackling coffee waste.

A Coffee Fruit Bar is a superfood snack made from an upcycled by-product of the coffee industry. Launched in 2019, the Coffee Fruit Bar was created by mission-led social enterprise I am Grounded, the brainchild of young Brisbane entrepreneurs Vanessa Murillo and her business partner Lachlan Powell. On a trip to her Colombian homeland Vanessa saw first hand the waste created in the production of one of the world’s biggest commodities (coffee produces in excess of 21 million tonnes of waste per year).

Hidden between the shell and the bean, is the flesh of the coffee fruit – an edible component that is discarded in the processing of the bean. Vanessa and Lachlan were determined to create value from this resource so they connected with food scientists in Colombia. They were able to extract a syrup from the fruit pulp and through ingenuity and experimentation they created the Coffee Fruit Bar.

I am Grounded’s closed-loop approach to the management of coffee by-products has seen them upcycle over 700 kilograms of fruit in less than a year of operation! This small bar not only provides meaningful opportunities to reduce waste loading but it empowers micro-lot coffee farmers to earn additional income in one of the world’s most volatile agricultural regions.

Coffee Fruit Bars are a West End local success story – they are handmade in food incubator Wandering Cooks and use produce from Mick’s Nuts and The Source Bulk Foods – all local companies.

Coffee Fruit Bars are not only delicious they are vegan, dairy and gluten free and come in three mouth-watering flavours: Espresso & Peanut Butter, Lemon & Coconut, and Cocoa & Nuts. Try a Coffee Fruit Bar today, they’re available now at Barko & Co. or online at www.coffeefruitbar.co.

design overview
Surrounding residents with beauty, space and tranquillity, Arcadia is redefining what home means in an inner-city heritage village.

Arcadia North Gallery is a boutique offering of luxurious home-sized residences designed in collaboration with iconic Australian design leaders Akira Isogawa, SJB Interiors and Plus Architecture. West Village welcomed their newest residents in the recently completed Arcadia North Gallery in January of this year.

Arcadia is inspired by the Japanese concept of Satoyama – ribbons of green, connecting people with nature. Arcadia invites nature inside through a flow of indoor and outdoor spaces whilst river breezes, mountain views and natural lighting foster a connection with the natural surrounds. Additionally, the refined materiality of the interiors complements the natural tones and honed textures of the architecture.

design overview

The generous balconies of the large, homestyle residences of Arcadia North Gallery provide the space and privacy to maximise Brisbane’s year-round alfresco living and dining. With outdoor spaces that elevate sub-tropical living and exclusive rejuvenation zones, including a heated vitality pool and garden conservatory, Arcadia offers unrivalled inner-city living.

For more information call 1300 985 465 or visit arcadiawestvillage.com.au to book a private tour of the Arcadia North Gallery display residences.

The sales suite is open daily from 10am to 4pm at 21 Mollison Street, West End, 4101.

Customising your maintenance routine to meet the individual needs of your plants will yield happy and healthy green friends. When adjusting your routine for the new season focus on these key areas:
Touch
the soil
Aeration

Aeration is vital for soil to provide plants with the nutrients they need. As soil compacts and settles over time remember to schedule in an aeration sesh. The best method for aeration is to poke holes in the soil with a chopstick or skewer or turn in compost when repotting. Aeration allows oxygen to flow through the entire root ball and assists with water distribution. Be aware that, although you can damage roots while completing this process, soil compaction will kill your plant even faster. Tropical plants flourish in well aerated soil but your succulent varieties will withstand compaction for longer periods.

fertilisation

Not all plants can thrive on water and light alone. It is important to understand what your plant’s food needs are. When adding fertiliser it’s easiest to mix it into the top layer of soil. For laid back green thumbs, slow-release formulations can work well and also help to avoid chemical burns to the foliage. And remember, it is best to fertilise prior to growing season so that your plant has the nutrients it needs in order to grow.

positioning

The positioning of your plants is crucial to their overall health and vigour. An additional few hours of sunlight daily can dramatically change how a plant looks and thrives. Potted plants can benefit from a biannual change of position (after Summer and Winter). When planting in-ground, choose plants that will survive the year-round conditions of your desired location.

pruning

Regular pruning is a great way to promote health and growth in your plants. It is particularly necessary if your goal is dense hedging. Each variety of plant has different pruning needs so investigate the species of plant and prune according to the variety’s standards.

ESSENTIAL TOOLS

Enhance your plant care with these inexpensive and easily sourced tools.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Care for you whilst you care for your plants.

Mister / Spray Bottle
Wipe down and dry after each use and between plants.Administer hydration to foliage. Especially loved by ferns

White Oil
Pick up at your local supermarket and use to manage pests. Don’t put your plant baby in the sun after treatment or else it will fry!

Watering Patterns

Touching the soil of your plant can tell you if you are overwatering, underwatering or getting it juuuuust right. Always check the soil prior to watering – your plant may not need that top-up. Misting of leaves is a fantastic way to trick your tropical plants into believing they are in their natural habitat. In Summer we recommend a light misting every few days. Also, consider introducing deep soaking (submerging) into your watering schedule.

Buckets
Mixing, washing, collecting, transporting – endlessly useful.

Soap
Use 1 drop diluted in 1.5L of water and apply to trunks, foliage and soil to treat common pests.

Cleaning Cloths / Rags
Clean foliage regularly to optimise photosynthesis. Use for applying soap treatments.

PH / Moisture / Lux Readers
Optional for serious green thumbs!

Touch
the soil
Customising your maintenance routine to meet the individual needs of your plants will yield happy and healthy green friends. When adjusting your routine for the new season focus on these key areas:
Aeration

Aeration is vital for soil to provide plants with the nutrients they need. As soil compacts and settles over time remember to schedule in an aeration sesh. The best method for aeration is to poke holes in the soil with a chopstick or skewer or turn in compost when repotting. Aeration allows oxygen to flow through the entire root ball and assists with water distribution. Be aware that, although you can damage roots while completing this process, soil compaction will kill your plant even faster. Tropical plants flourish in well aerated soil but your succulent varieties will withstand compaction for longer periods.

fertilisation

Not all plants can thrive on water and light alone. It is important to understand what your plant’s food needs are. When adding fertiliser it’s easiest to mix it into the top layer of soil. For laid back green thumbs, slow-release formulations can work well and also help to avoid chemical burns to the foliage. And remember, it is best to fertilise prior to growing season so that your plant has the nutrients it needs in order to grow.

positioning

The positioning of your plants is crucial to their overall health and vigour. An additional few hours of sunlight daily can dramatically change how a plant looks and thrives. Potted plants can benefit from a biannual change of position (after Summer and Winter). When planting in-ground, choose plants that will survive the year-round conditions of your desired location.

pruning

Regular pruning is a great way to promote health and growth in your plants. It is particularly necessary if your goal is dense hedging. Each variety of plant has different pruning needs so investigate the species of plant and prune according to the variety’s standards.

Watering Patterns

Touching the soil of your plant can tell you if you are overwatering, underwatering or getting it juuuuust right. Always check the soil prior to watering – your plant may not need that top-up. Misting of leaves is a fantastic way to trick your tropical plants into believing they are in their natural habitat. In Summer we recommend a light misting every few days. Also, consider introducing deep soaking (submerging) into your watering schedule.

ESSENTIAL TOOLS

Enhance your plant care with these inexpensive and easily sourced tools.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Care for you whilst you care for your plants.

Mister / Spray Bottle
Wipe down and dry after each use and between plants.Administer hydration to foliage. Especially loved by ferns

White Oil
Pick up at your local supermarket and use to manage pests. Don’t put your plant baby in the sun after treatment or else it will fry!

Buckets
Mixing, washing, collecting, transporting – endlessly useful.

Soap
Use 1 drop diluted in 1.5L of water and apply to trunks, foliage and soil to treat common pests.

Cleaning Cloths / Rags
Clean foliage regularly to optimise photosynthesis. Use for applying soap treatments.

PH / Moisture / Lux Readers
Optional for serious green thumbs!

Summer
styling
This Summer Laura Churchill, Director of Brisbane Fashion Month and West Village’s fashion ambassador, guides us through the essentials for the warmer months.

West Village is proud to be an ongoing sponsor and host of Brisbane Fashion Month.
Summer is about feeling a sense of lightness and ease. In the wardrobe, I’m looking for no-fuss solutions to any style situation – a dress to style up or down, mix-and-match separates for casual days, a great swimsuit and playful accessories that inject personality into any look.

LAURA CHURCHILL
Director Brisbane Fashion Month

A cool, tonal palette in natural fibres, classic stripes mixed with injections of colour and print are a recipe to an easy go-to capsule that Brisbane designers actually do best. All of these labels featured on the opposite page are local Brisbane brands that play to the strengths of our lifestyle. These are the labels that are designing for our climate – for the customer who lives, works and holidays in the sub-tropics.

At this time of year there’s nothing more appealing than an easy cotton dress and mix-and-match selection of neutral accessories. Creating a capsule wardrobe is about knowing what works for you and your lifestyle and shopping within those guidelines in a palette that mixes and matches. Neutrals and fresh earthy tones (white, ecru, pale blues) are the easiest way to achieve an effortless look that will take you anywhere with ease.

This season look first to Brisbane labels for inspiration for your wardrobe and lifestyle. Wherever you find yourself this summer, these pieces will take you there in style.

1. LJC Designs dress $120 www.ljc-designs.com 2. Robe dress $370 www.getrobed.com.au 3. Colombian Label Co hat $60 www.colombianlabelco.com 4. Rudi Miro top $139 www.rudimiro.com 5. Solito dress $159 www.solitoclothing.com.au 6. Sista & Co fan $39.95 www.sistaandco.com.au 7. Article bucket bag $599 www.articleproduct.com 8. Frankie 4 Footwear shoes $219.95 www.frankie4.com.au 9. Anannasa dress $189 www.anannasa.com.au 10. Eco Coco body scrub $25.95 www.ecococo.com.au 11. Anannasa earrings $10 www.anannasa.com.au 12. Une Piece swimsuit $199 www.unepiece.com 13. Rudi Miro shorts $159 www.rudimiro.com 14. Une Piece swimsuit $199 www.unepiece.com 15. Tengdahl cape $629 www.tengdahl.com

Camerata
queensland’s chamber orchestra
Q&A WITH CAMERATA’S EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR ADAM TUCKER

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership between West Village and Camerata for 2020!
Look out for our concerts and pop-up performances onsite throughout the year.

Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, recently held the launch of their 2020 season in the beautiful grounds of The Common.

Camerata is a constantly evolving ensemble of professional musicians that have been performing across Queensland for over 15 years. Camerata’s commitment to enriching communities through music saw them travel to 7 regional towns, employ over 80 artists, deliver 50 concerts, and reach an audience of 51,000 through their 2019 programme.

Following a year of outstanding artistic milestones, including a Helpmann Award nomination for Best Chamber and/or Instrumental Ensemble Concert, Camerata promises another exceptional year for audiences in 2020.

West Village and Camerata have come together to fulfil their shared vision of activating public spaces and bringing audiences together in unique settings.

We chat to Executive Director Adam Tucker for the lowdown on all things orchestral.

For those that may be unfamiliar with Queensland’s orchestral offering, how does Camerata differ from a symphonic or philharmonic orchestra?
This is an easy one – if there are more than 60 players it is a symphonic orchestra, if there are 30 or less it is a chamber orchestra. Camerata is a group of 19 musicians which makes the ensemble a chamber orchestra.

Your audiences will quickly identify that Camerata performs without a conductor, has this always been the case?
Yes, our founder Elizabeth Morgan AM transitioned Camerata as a professional musician-led orchestra in 2005. Camerata is led by first violinist Brendan Joyce (also Camerata’s Artistic Director). Not having a conductor allows, and requires, the players to take complete ownership of the music. This results in a heightened energy, excitement and magic in each performance.

What does the ensemble love most about your regional tours?
Classical music is for all ages and Camerata includes concerts in Aged Care facilities in their tours. Not shying away from high care units, we see how music reaches those in our community that may have neurodegenerative challenges or are considered non-communicative. Music is a powerful gift that invokes memory and emotion and we often get feedback that these care communities are still talking about our visit months later. We all need human interaction, human expression, and music is a wonderful way to provide that. Another highlight is performing for some of the youngest members of our society through our Kindergarden program. Witnessing the immediate and uninhibited reactions of children when experiencing live music, often for the first time, is a privilege and a delight.

Camerata is distinguished by their innovative and adventurous performances, tell us how the seasonal programme is composed?
Oh this is a multifaceted process! As it is an ensemble led organisation the interests of all 19 Artistic Associates feeds into the collaboration. Programming also needs to encompass audience trends, often planning 12 – 24 months in advance. Our Artistic Director Brendan Joyce looks for common threads and ensures the shape of the programme is cohesive and communicates narrative and story. Programming is a company wide mechanism so there is a healthy amount of negotiation and compromise too!

Sipping coffee whilst being uplifted by the expressive melodies of the Baroque movement sounds like a divine way to spend a Saturday afternoon, where can we get tickets to a Shot of Baroque?
Tickets can be purchased through QPAC at qpac.com.au or by calling 136 246. Alternatively, please visit Camerata.net.au to learn more about who we are and our 2020 programme. A Shot of Baroque was actually born out of our Community Education program – the ensemble were pressed for a rehearsal space and ended up rehearsing in the foyer space at the bridge level entrance to QPAC’s Concert Hall. It attracted such a wonderful response from passers-by that they decided to actually make that the concert venue. There is a real magic that happens with the intersection of patrons and passers-by and we look forward to that again in June.

the LOCAL PANEL SERIES
FUROSHIKI WORKSHOP
the plant market
eventful
life

Events bring us together and remind us that it’s important to stop and celebrate what makes life great in Brisbane and West Village. West Village are proud to deliver 200 events each year, here are some of our favourite moments from our recent events. Enjoy!

the plant market
carols in the common with opera Queensland
brisbane fashion month
Britt’s List Sustainable fashion tour
Britt’s List Sustainable fashion tour
kids ping pong
Sekisui House Australia
tenth aNniversary

Sekisui House, the award-winning developer of West Village,
is celebrating 10 years of operation within Australia.

Sekisui House Australia
tenth aNniversary

Sekisui House, the award-winning developer of West Village, is celebrating 10 years of operation within Australia.

10 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT SEKISUI HOUSE

  1. Is one of the largest homebuilders in the world.
  2. Was founded  in Japan in 1960.
  3. Employs over 25,000 people worldwide.
  4. Has built over 2.4 million homes across the globe.
  5. Has established communities internationally, including in China, Singapore, Australia, the USA and the UK.
  6. Delivered more than 10,000 properties in just a decade of operation in Australia.
  7. Has already delivered over 47,000 net-zero energy homes in Japan.
  8. Expertise includes masterplanning and community design, through to the construction of individual homes and apartments.
  9. Total value of its completed and pipeline projects in Australia is $18.5 billion.
  10. Relocated its Queensland Headquarters to the heritage-listed Peters Cone Factory in the heart of West Village.

In the Australian market, this Japanese brand continues to surprise, both in the calibre of their projects and in their significant contributions to local economies. West Village itself is a billion dollar project and the second largest residential development currently being undertaken in Brisbane.

Sekisui House’s goal is simple and humble – ‘Create homes and communities that improve with time and last for generations’. This objective demands world leadership in sustainable residential development and a commitment to innovative design. In service of their mission, Sekisui House opened the Comprehensive Research and Development Institute in Kyoto, Japan in 1990. The facility is dedicated to analysing the way people live in their homes, and developing innovations to improve their comfort, safety, security and happiness.

Every facet of Sekisui House Australia’s business reflects the values of their Japanese heritage – attention to detail and adherence to the most rigorous quality standards. With trusted knowledge and experience in design, construction, and customer service, Sekisui House has already gained an impressive track record in Australia, and they are only just beginning.

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