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2019 - 08 - 02

EMBARK Conference, University of Sydney

Monica will be speaking at the ‘Future Global’ session at the Embark Conference at The University of Sydney, School of Architecture, Design and Planning this Friday. She will present her experience followed by a panel discussion about the diverse range of ways one can engage at a global scale.

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2019 - 07 - 10

Architecture AU - The Lanes Residences

Our latest project ‘The Lanes Residences’ was featured today on Architecture AU

“Contreras Earl Architecture has updated its design for four “sculptural” towers for Mermaid Waters on the Gold Coast as part of a proposed $1.3 billion masterplanned precinct. The developer behind the project, Sunland Group, has lodged a revised development application for the residential towers with the Gold Coast City Council, and is hoping to launch the project in 2020.”

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2019 - 06 - 19

Urban Developer - The Lanes Residences

Our latest project ‘The Lanes Residences’ which recently commenced on site was featured today on The Urban Developer.

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2019 - 04 - 28

The Lanes Residences - Commenced Construction

Construction has kicked off on site at our Lanes Residences project. The project is composed of four mid-rise buildings; two 10-storey and two 12-storey buildings. The program includes 300 waterfront residential apartments and commercial spaces at ground floor that will link to the future retail precinct. We’re looking forward to sharing further updates on the progress on site throughout the year.


2018 - 11 - 23

272 Hedges Avenue Pedestal - Breaks Ground

Construction has commenced on site at our Hedges Pedestal project. 272 Hedges Avenue is an important marker in the urban landscape marking the transition from the low rise residential precinct of Mermaid Beach to the high rise typologies of Broadbeach. The Hedges Pedestal brings a human scale to the project which allows the tower to respond at the scale of the pedestrian and contribute to the beachside public realm. The 44 storey residential tower marks a point of transition for the coast’s urban form, marking the southern boundary of the high density zone. 


2018 - 09 - 21

Mansion Global, The Insiders - Rafael Contreras Interview

Before moving to Sydney, Australia, to start his own architectural firm, Peru-born Rafael Contreras was part of "Zaha’s cluster," as he calls it, a group of 15 or 20 people who designed closely with the late Zaha Hadid at Zaha Hadid Architects in London. There, he worked on Tokyo National Stadium and a Beijing airport that's currently under construction.

In Sydney, he co-founded Contreras Earl Architecture together with his partner, Monica Earl, in 2016. She had been working at Foster+Partners previously. The firm has designed many residential projects, including 272 Hedges Avenue, a luxury tower on Australia’s Gold Coast, in addition to three more luxury projects in the area that haven’t yet kicked off.

We caught up with Mr. Contreras to discuss his adopted country, why London real estate is hard to beat, and much more.

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2018 - 06 - 21

272 Hedges Avenue - CGI Animation

Hedges Pedestal Design By Contreras Earl Architecture featured in 272 Hedges Avenue CGi animation - Sunland Group


2018 - 06 - 10

ArchDaily - 272 Hedges Pedestal

The residential tower's location will play an important role in the urban landscape of the Gold Coast, marking a transition from the low-rise residential area of Mermaid Beach to the high-rises of Broadbeach. The "Pedestal" at ground level brings a human scale to the project, its low-slung, cave-like entrance appealing to the scale of the pedestrian.

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2018 - 05 - 30

Domain Prestige, Australian Financial Review

There’s something familiar about the organic, curvilinear form of 272 Hedges Avenue, a new waterfront apartment tower coming to Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast. While there’s a cookie-cutter predictability to the sharp lines and straight edges of southern Broadbeach, 272 Hedges Avenue’s fluid appearance recalls the work of one of architecture’s greats.

Zaha Hadid was known as “the Queen of curve” for her revolutionary approach to architectural geometry. The trailblazing Iraqi-British architect, who died in 2016 at age 65, once said of her style: “The idea is not to have any 90-degree angles”. It is a lesson Rafael Contreras has not forgotten. The Peruvian architect was part of a small team working with the Pritzker Prize winner and Zaha Hadid Architects principal Patrik Schumacher in the firm’s London office.

“She had an extraordinary eye for design and always encouraged us to innovate and to create something new in every single project,” Contreras says.

Two years ago, Contreras started his own architecture and design practice, Contreras Earl Architecture, with Australian architect Monica Earl. The fledgling firm was appointed to design the two-storey pedestal base and communal areas for 272 Hedges Avenue.

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