2016 Australian Urban Design Awards Shortlist

We have been shortlisted in the 2016 Australian Award for Urban Design, Policies, Programs and Concepts for Small Scale projects, with winners to be announced on Thursday. Read more about the shortlisted entry Velobahns and the Super Campus. To see the shortlist: http://architectureau.com/articles/2016-australian-urban-design-awards-shortlist-revealed/           Tweet  ...

Newtown Terrace House: Completion

Newtown Terrace House: Completion Newtown Terrace House Newtown Terrace House Newtown Terrace House Clients Mayu & Danny came to us with a 3.2m wide terrace sitting on a 3.7m wide site in Newtown’s Heritage Conservation Area. Requiring more space, light and air, we were tasked with finding a comfortable, and contextually sensitive solution for this dark and narrow home. To maximise the amount of usable space available, we designed a new addition sitting behind the ridge line of the original terrace. By building boundary to boundary in width, we were able to maximise living spaces which open out onto a rear deck and garden. Bays were created along the length of the addition to provide extra storage for the family home, while maintaining the overall width. North facing highlight windows, and a skillion roof provide much needed light & natural ventilation into the deep centre of the...

Dulwich Hill House: Reno Begins

Dulwich Hill House: DA Approved and Construction Commences Dulwich Hill House: Interior view Dulwich Hill House: View from the garden Dulwich Hill House: Working model Dulwich Hill House: Working model Dulwich Hill House: Demolition Dulwich Hill House: Construction Progress Dulwich Hill House: Construction Progress The construction process has commenced for our Dulwich Hill project. The original federation era house contained a poorly constructed rear fibro addition, which provided poor access to the landscaped yard. The removal of this structure will make way for a new light filled living, kitchen and dining spaces and bathroom retreat which has a strong physical and visual connection to the garden. Although being in a Heritage Conservation Area, the new design maintains a contemporary feel through its open plan and high ceilings, which maximise the light and open quality of the spaces. http://www.pwa.com.au/1wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/FullSizeRender-movie-FOR-WEB-Computer.m4v...

Centennial Park Granny Flat & Garden Sanctuary

Centennial Park: Granny Flat & Garden Sanctuary Centennial Park Granny Flat & Garden: View from the main house Centennial Park Granny Flat & Garden: View from upstairs bedroom of the main house Centennial Park Granny Flat & Garden: View from the rear lane Our Development Application for our new Centennial Park Garden Sanctuary is well underway. While the existing site suffers from a sense of detachment between the main house and the dramatically sloping yard, the proposal offers inviting outdoor spaces, which draws the occupants out into the landscape. This is achieved through a series of comfortable steps, low seat walls and deep garden beds, which create a terraced effect through the site. The new garden studio merges seamlessly with the terraced nature of the landscape and blends into the background. Acting as a secondary dwelling, it encompasses generous living, eating and living spaces, without competing with the typical grand Federation style of the main house. Its presence on the adjoining lane is minimal and discretely fits into the heritage context of Centennial Park. A sense of privacy in the garden is maintained through an intimate upper garden terrace which is discreetly screened by native...

Lane Cove Undercroft: Construction Update

Some recent updates on Lane Cove undercroft construction. Exterior construction and rendering is soon to be completed. Interior work is underway with kitchen, laundry and bathroom appliances and fixtures being...

Centennial Park Estate: Property Photoshoot

Centennial Park Estate: Property Photoshoot     A productive day spent at the Centennial Park Estate capturing its best elements in soon to be released photographs. The clients have well and truly settled in and offered their insights into how they further envision the spaces to be utilised, as well as the various furniture pieces that they still anticipate to collect. Experiencing the property from morning until evening also proved informative, allowing us to observe the estate in a different light.  ...

Centennial Park Estate: Completion

Centennial Park Estate: Completion Work on the Centennial Park Estate has now been completed. The clients have now moved in and are settling back into their newly renovated property. Through the influence of Japanese style landscaping and the addition of the rear gable, a major transformation was set into motion, which resulted in a resort-like feel to the north western end of the property. As the clients progressively reshape the newly defined interior spaces with decadent art and furniture, preparations are underway to present the complete property in its entirety.   Dibbs Street Streetscape Before Rear Landscape After Dibbs Street Streetscape After Rear Landscape...

Centennial Park Estate: Gables & Dormers

Centennial Park Estate: Gables & Dormers Progress-11 August 2014 The rear gable and dormers are complete, with the form of the house now easily discernible from the street. The interiors are underway and are in the process of being completed from top to bottom, with tiling already in progress on Level 3. Construction of Level 2 of the garage has also begun, with the bricking of the external walls currently in progress.   Progress Progress Side...

Centennial Park Estate: Transformations

Centennial Park Estate: Transformations Progress – March 2014 The roof structure is underway, showing the extent of the transformation of the compromised rear of the house into a third street frontage. This conversion is now more respectful of its corner position on the street. The images below document the stages of the house before demolition, its progress during construction and the final result (model). It was said that even during the homeʼs current deconstructed state, it exhibits a character similar to that of a stage or set, waiting for action to ensue. As we see it, architecture is not purely about the design of buildings, but more about the making of spaces. It is all encompassing and includes landscape design, interior design and set design. A building is seen not as an end in itself, but as a means of making space together with its context, both internally and externally.   Street Frontage View Existing Progress     Rear Roof Transformation Existing Progress     Rear Roof Transformation- Side view Existing Progress...