Hatbox Place Housing | Published in Good Design for Housing map by GANSW

Our Hatbox Place Housing project in Waterloo has been included in the Good Design for Housing map, launched in May 2024.

Developed by Government Architect NSW, the map showcases over 100 examples of well-designed low- and mid-rise housing across NSW. The curated list features “houses that contribute positively to their area and provide inspiration for future housing”.

The Hatbox Place housing forms part of the 40a O’Dea Avenue mixed-use development completed in collaboration with Environa Studios for JQZ developer in 2018.

St Canice’s Kitchen

St. Canice’s Kitchen began as a soup kitchen over 30 years ago and continues to provide support to men and women experiencing homelessness and social exclusion.

Collins and Turner are delighted to be delivering a Development Application for St. Canice Church to repurpose their existing buildings to grow and enhance their service to the community. These spaces include a new landscaped courtyard, commercial kitchen and dining area, community room, op-shop and meeting spaces.

People come for more than food; St Canice’s Kitchen fosters a community where people can find friendship, comfort, and respect. A place people can come to for support but one that they eventually leave, stronger and ready for their bright future. Positive mental health outcomes, improved social connection and pathways out of homelessness are key outcomes that are focused on.

Griffith Park

We are delighted to share that Collins and Turner, Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture and WSP Specialist Indigenous Services have won the Griffith Park Precinct and Community Centre design competition run by Canterbury Bankstown Council with City Lab.

The design knits Griffith Park into Bankstown centre’s established framework of streets and places to interlink the revitalised public space with a diversity of cultural and commercial activities and opportunities, bringing the life of the street through the precinct.

A series of rills, rain gardens, and wetlands will structure the park, linking it to past connections to Salt Pan Creek and a strong First Nations heritage and identity.

The community centre forms a soft, welcoming southern edge. Spaces for movement, gathering, meetings, and learning are unified beneath a dramatic sweeping roof – a contemporary verandah conceived as a richly coloured three-dimensional tapestry, an architectural celebration of one of Western Sydney’s most vibrant multicultural communities.

Habilis | Published in Architecture Bulletin – Housing For All

Discover the compelling narrative of the Habilis project on page 48-49 of the current issue of the Architecture Bulletin, themed ‘HOUSING FOR ALL: Diversity Matters’.

This edition sheds light on the imperative need for diverse and accessible housing options in our communities, featuring a spectrum of pioneering projects across the state.In her article, Penny Collins delves into how architecture’s transformative potential can address intricate societal challenges. Habilis, situated in Sydney’s Inner-West, stands as a testament to this ethos, offering an innovative solution to homelessness exacerbated by severe mental illness.

Through succinct yet evocative prose, the Architecture Bulletin paints a vivid picture of how architecture can be wielded as a tool for community-focused interventions. The issue uncovers the intersection of creativity and social responsibility, through a thought-provoking array of projects.

Winter Sports World – SSDA Approval

The proposal to build Australia’s first indoor snow resort has received State Significant Development Application (SSDA) approval this week by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, following an 8 year planning and approvals process.

The indoor snow resort will comprise a 300+ metre advanced open run for skiers and snowboarders, as well as learn-to-ski runs and a dedicated snow play area. The building will act as competition venue for snow sports and include spaces for ice climbing and crevasse outdoor rock climbing, dining options, and a 170-room spa hotel with conference and function rooms.

Collins and Turner were appointed design architects for the facades and public domain of the project, following a design excellence completion organised by the NSW Government architect in early 2022.

All electric: In a world first, Winter Sports World has been designed to be net-zero carbon ready by reducing embodied carbon; eliminating fossil fuel use on site; minimising …Read more.

Bradfield Central Park

We are thrilled to part of the Aspect Studios led team appointed to design the green heart for Bradfield City Centre in Western Sydney.

Our team’s competition winning proposal envisages a city park that embodies the natural beauty of the Cumberland Plain. The park will give form to the identity of Bradfield as it develops in tandem with Western Sydney International Airport, providing a place of respite and recreation for an emerging community.

Announced this week by Western Parkland City Authority, the winning team includes Baramadagal woman of Dharug Country Jayne Christian, curatorial collaborator Emily McDaniel from the Wiradjuri Nation, artist Janet Laurence, structural engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan , ESD consultants Atelier Ten and lighting designer Steensen Varming. 


Queenscliff house development approval

Development consent has been received this week for alterations and additions to an existing three-story house at Pavilion Street in Queenscliff on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

The project re-imagines a 1980s-built dwelling and incorporates a series of changes that improve access to the house, as well as significantly improve both it’s presentation and the amenity of the owners.

The house has a spectacular location, circa 75m above a direct cliff drop to Queenscliff Bay, with views north across the bay and east to the ocean horizon.

Construction is due to commence in Q3 2024.

Upper Hunter Innovation Centre | Grand Opening

“This building is a perfect encapsulation of Muswellbrook, it’s an act of respect for your heritage that simultaneously looks ahead to the future”

The Donald Horne building at the Hunter Innovation Precinct in Muswellbrook was yesterday opened by the Prime Minister Anthony Albanese MP, Federal member for Hunter New England Dan Repacholi MP, State member for the Upper Hunter Dave Layzell MP and the Mayor of Muswellbrook Steve Reynolds.

The building is a key component of the planned transformation of Muswellbrook into a future focussed regional centre for the Upper Hunter. It contains the STEM innovation lab along with The Melt – one of Australia’s first Industrial prototyping labs and startup accelerators – supporting STEM training at the precinct, both in-house as well as delivered via programs in local schools.

The new building is connected by a glass bridge to Loxton House and is next door to Weidmann Cottage, both of which are State …Read more.

Penny Collins | F.R.A.I.A.

We are delighted to confirm that practice principal Penny Collins has been awarded a fellowship by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects N.S.W.

From the citation:

“Fellowship is awarded by the institute to those who have demonstrated a significant contribution to architecture practice beyond architecture practice.

Penny has become a leader and significant contributor to architectural design, education and industry improvement.

Penny has developed a reputation as a generous and thoughtful guest lecturer, sharing her insight across a range of important topics at the University of Technology, Sydney, University of New South Wales, University of Sydney and University of Queensland. Penny has also served as a guest interim and final juror in design studio across multiple year levels and at multiple institutions over the last twenty years bringing an all-round understanding of the broader industry, practice and the value of quality architecture to students.

Penny is a serving member …Read more.

Hughes Street Car Park | Good Design Gold Award

We are delighted that our recently completed Hughes Street Car Park in Cabramatta has received gold in the Good Design Awards 2022, architecture and design category, in recognition of outstanding design and innovation. The jury commented:

“The three-dimensional coloured veil is a clever placemaking response to a global design issue (how to successfully treat above ground carparks).

The colour palette is inspired by the multi-coloured market stalls in this vibrant and multicultural community. The aluminium tubes allow for security, light and ventilation to permeate the space for a sustainable outcome. The future use of this carpark has been well considered with the ability to convert the floors into future commercial or retail uses when carparking is no longer required.”

Many thanks to the jury, our clients Fairfield City Council and a terrific project team as well as D+C collaborating architects Studio Hollenstein.

Dulux Colour Awards

We are delighted that the Hughes Street Car Park project, completed in 2021 for City of Fairfield has received a national commendation in the commercial buildings category of the 2022 Dulux Colour Awards.

Inspired by the visual energy of one of Sydney’s most vibrant Multi-cultural communities, old and new structures are unified by a unique facade that is conceived as a coloured three-dimensional tapestry, taking inspiration from sources as diverse as Op-Art, 1970s textile design, and the tropical fruit and multi-coloured bric-a-brac on sale at the nearby markets stalls of John Street.

Harbour Bridge Northern Access Project

The three competing designs for the new Northern Access Cycleway addition to the Sydney Harbour Bridge have been revealed by Transport for NSW this week

Developed in collaboration with a team led by Aspect Studios and including EOCengineers, Yerrabingin , Design 5, Josh Milston and Electrolight, our scheme departs from the reference design by following the existing western alignment of the Bradfield Highway viaduct as closely as possible. This approach allows the much loved Bradfield Park at Milson’s Point to remain largely undisturbed and minimises impacts on the iconic sweeping views of the Harbour Bridge to the south for most park users.

Tasked with conceiving a new element as an addition to one of the most recognisable structures in the world, our team’s approach focused on developing a solution with the lightest possible touch.

The skeletal form of our proposal reduces the structure to its essence, with an organic assembly almost lighter than …Read more.

Houses Awards

We are delighted that our house at Wingadal Place in Point Piper has been shortlisted in the national awards program of Houses Magazine.

The project was beautifully constructed by Pimas Gale and an amazing group of skilled subcontractors, to a design developed in consultation with James Stockwell and Jonathan Temple.

Details of the shortlisted entries can be seen here:

Carpe Diem – AIA Awards shortlist

We are delighted that the Carpe Diem Companionway has been shortlisted in the Interiors category of this years AIA NSW awards.

The unique workspace high above Barangaroo was developed in collaboration with Geyer for International Towers and built beautifully by Buildcorp and a group of highly skilled specialist subcontractors.

Congratulations to all entrants shortlisted in this years awards program.


Our 2019 competition designs for a new mixed use hotel and commercial tower at 4-6 Bligh Street, and the new school and community centre at Green Square are two Collins and Turner projects exhibited in LOST – an exhibition that uncovers and explores a series of unrealised concepts and propositions by a group of Sydney architectural studios. 

The exhibition is curated by FJMT principal Richard Francis Jones and UTS’ Brooke Jackson and takes place in the new UTS Central Exhibition Space. Displayed both to the campus and the community that passes by on Broadway, the exhibition aims to help restore life and vitality to campus and city life following the social and cultural effects of the Coronavirus.

The exhibition opened this week and runs until 23rd April, including work by Candelapas Associates, Chrofi, Durbach Block Jaggers, FJMT, Neeson Murcutt Neille, Terroir and Tribe.

The exhibition includes images and models made by Celeste Raanoja …Read more.

Carpe Diem – Good Design Award

On Day two of Good Design Australia’s 2020 Good Design Week – a week dedicated to recognising and celebrating great design, the Carpe Diem project at International Towers has been announced as a category award winner for architectural interiors. From the juries citation: “This is a uniquely progressive, commercial working environment of small-scale tenancies, created to provide small, high-growth enterprises with a world-class, sustainably-designed workspace that enables flexibility, productive utilisation of resources and capital, higher levels of wellness and talent retention, and rare opportunities to collaborate and benefit from a highly-curated, vibrant ecosystem.” The project was completed in collaboration with Geyer design.

Carpe Diem – Best of The Decade

The Carpe Diem project at International Towers, Barangaroo has been awarded the People’s choice ‘Best of the Decade’ award for Indo Pacific workspace design at the 2020 Inde awards. This extraordinary achievement celebrates the creation of a unique workspace completed in 2019. Collins and Turner worked collaboratively with Robyn Lyndsey and the team at Geyer Design to bring to life a vision of a new generation of collaborative workspace. Carpe Diem is now home to organisations including the Green Building Council of Australia, RICS – Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Bangara Dance Company.

One Wingadal Place – AIA Award

We are delighted that One Wingadal Place has been awarded a commendation in the 2020 NSW AIA Awards.

The project, completed in association with Jonathan Temple and James Stockwell received the following citation:

” This unique architectural collaboration has delivered a unified , creative outcome, imaginatively resolving a complex brief with an extremely difficult site in Point Piper. Maximising the occupants’ views and privacy, the six bedroom house nevertheless carefully preserves the neighbours’ views and resolves the steep transition to the water, gradually opening up and rotating the discrete two-directional harbour view. Copper is celebrated throughout as a unifying material, from the richly decorative copper ceiling that defines the main living pavilion to slim facade elements and a crafted copper stair”

Carpe Diem AIDA awards shortlisting

We are delighted that the Carpe Diem project completed for International Towers in collaboration wth Geyer Design has been shortlisted for the workspace category of the 2020 AIDA awards.

Collins and Turner worked closely on the design of the Companionway – a spectacular social space that forms the central focus of the curated tenancy project.