Torbreck is a company-titled multi-storeyed home unit development and a prominent landmark visible from many places in Brisbane. It was designed by Brisbane architects AH Job and RP Froud and comprises two stages; a low rise Garden Block to Chermside Street and a high rise Tower Block to Dornoch Terrace.
Torbreck was erected in 1958-1960 by NA Kratzmann Pty Ltd, one of the largest building contractors in Queensland by the late 1950s. The eight-storeyed garden block was constructed using the lift-slab technique, whereby the roof and floors were prefabricated on the ground, then hoisted into position by jacks mounted on the vertical wall supports. This construction technique had not been used in Queensland before. The fourteen-storeyed tower block was erected along more conventional lines.
Further information can be accessed from the PDFs below:
Torbreck advertisement (Fryer Library UQFL426 Torbreck Collection) (347kb)
Torbreck brochure: Floor plans (2.3mb)
Torbreck Brochure (Fryer Library UQFL426 Torbreck Collection) (2.7mb)
Architectural Review Australia Life Cycle: – Torbreck Andrew Wilson, 2011 (743kb)
'Close watch on high-rises' (Sunday Mail article 2007) (111kb)
Torbreck Case Study: Centre for Subtropical Design Charmaine Kai 2005 (1.8mb)