Yearly Archives: 2017


embracing the dark side

The Collins House, Penny’s childhood home, was recently featured again in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Weekend. Designed and built by her parents, Rosanne and Ian Collins in 1976, the fibreglass house above Mosman Wharf made a strong contemporary statement amongst its Federation style neighbours. In the article written by Karen McCartney, Penny discusses the home’s strong and unusual black interiors and how they would later influence her design philosophy. You can read more here.


STEEL: Art Design Architecture

STEEL: Art Design Architecture is opening this week at Jam Factory in Adelaide, SA until the 7th of May. We are thrilled that our Weave Waterloo Youth Centre has been selected as one of the 29 projects which explore how the material is being used in innovative ways, and at a range of scales, in contemporary Australian design and architecture. The exhibition will tour urban and regional galleries until 2020 and will be in Sydney at the Australian Design Centre from February 2019. You can learn more here. Photograph by Richard Glover.


Progress at Bondi house

Facade construction on our five bedroom family house in Bondi, being built by Mardini Constructions, is nearing completion.

A mixture of recycled and weathered Australian hardwood profiles is used in various sizes and spacings to form a veil of fixed walling, with integrated operable screens and shutters. The varying positions of these screens creates a continually changeable facade, at times revealing the building form and the home beneath.

On completion, the striking sculptural weathered building form will be softened by a lush new native coastal garden being designed by Beth Pickworth.


Progress on site at Sam Sing St

Facade works are nearing completion on the Sam Sing Street residential tower for developer JQZ, designed in collaboration with Environa Studio.

Seeking to establish a new typology for high density living, this tower, accompanied by two smaller 4 storey buildings, is conceived as a garden tower, incorporating greenery throughout the design, from large 12m high open air outdoor gardens to green roof treatments including recreational spaces, as well as a communal vegetable garden that will eventually allow for residents to grow their own food. The facade is characterised by a full height garden voids, and a multi-toned external shading system of perforated aluminium fins in a variety of variegated shades and subtly different angle adjustments.

The project is due for completion in Q2, 2017.


Adaptation

Collins and Turner’s Weave Waterloo Youth Center has recently been featured in Graeme Brooker’s new publication, “Adaptation: Strategies for Interior Architecture and Design”, published by Bloomsbury.

The book draws on a variety of international case studies to explore critical methods of the reuse of existing buildings and how consideration of context, both physical and unseen, can importantly inform our contemporary built environment. You can buy your copy here.