Denman Memorial Hall – Development Application Lodged

The Development Application for the refurbishment and partial rebuild of Denman Memorial Hall located in the Upper Hunter Valley was lodged this week.  The refurbished hall will act as a multi-purpose arts and performance space, capable of providing flexible space to suit a wider range of community uses, including performing arts, theatre, live music and cinema, as well as local festivals such as the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Fair.

opening: barangaroo house

Barangaroo House opened to the public just before Christmas. House Bar on the ground floor and Smoke rooftop bar are great spots to watch the sunset over the harbour. Bea fine dining restaurant on the middle floor includes a diverse menu utilising native Australian ingredients designed by chefs Cory Campbell and executive chef Matt Moran. Our favourite dish is simply called chocolate and caramel, and it is shaped like a miniature version of the building.

Read more about the project here

Ornament is crime: Generations

Ian and Rosanne Collins’ Mosman house is featured along with our Bombala Farmhouse in this fantastic new Phaidon publication edited by Matt Gibberd and Albert Hill of The Modern House.
The projects are featured amongst an international roll-call of unique and innovative residential works from the earliest days of the modern movement through to the present day.

denman memorial hall

Watch this space: We are delighted to have been appointed by Muswellbrook Shire Council as architects for the restoration of the historic Denman Memorial Hall. Destroyed by fire in 1928 and again in 2015, the building will be rebuilt as an arts centre and social space, serving Denman and the Upper Hunter community.

Better Placed

Waterloo Youth Family and Community Centre is one of 7 case study projects identified in the new design policy for the built environment in NSW, launched today by Planning NSW and the NSW Government Architect. C+T and Sam Carroll our City of Sydney client attended today’s launch with NSW Minister for Planning Anthony Roberts, Government Architect Peter Poulet, GOA director Oliva Hyde and executives from Canterbury Bankstown council at FJMT’s Bankstown library.

Praxis: National Architecture Conference

Penny and Huw joined a list of inspiring local and international architects to speak at this year’s National Architecture Conference, Praxis. The diverse collection of talks were woven together with themes of process, propositions and production. They were also invited to be part of a discussion panel on the second day, joined by Emma Williamson from CODA, John Wardle from John Wardle Architects and Neil Durbach from Durbach Block Jaggers.



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.

Adaptation: Weave

Completed in 2012 for City of Sydney, our Weave building at Waterloo in NSW is included in Graeme Brookers new publication for Bloomsbury Publishing, Adaptation. The publication includes a range of innovative international examples of adaptive reuse.

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.

Start on site at Guardian Barangaroo

Construction works for Guardian Early Learning’s flagship new CBD centre within the heart of Barangaroo recently started on site with Jeckra and Wade Constructions.

On completion, the centre within the podium of the International Towers Northern T1 building will provide 108 childcare spaces within a playful and vibrant learning landscape, designed in collaboration with Aspect Studios.

Topping out Barangaroo R1

After 250 cubic meters of concrete, 50 trucks, and 6 hours, the upper slab pour of Building R1 was completed in mid December, topping out the buildings concrete super-structure. On completion, the stand-alone building being delivered by Lend Lease at the southern end of the waterfront will create a significant entry into the Barangaroo precinct, and be a flagship venue for Matt Moran, one of Australia’s most acclaimed chefs.

With a building form resembling a trio of stacked wooden bowls, the soft organic form of the building will overflow with greenery at its perimeters, with integrated landscape that will include fresh ingredients to be used by chefs on site.

State Significant DA lodged for the Squire’s Landing

A State Significant Development Application has been lodged with the NSW Department of Planning, on behalf of Mantle Group Hospitality and LionCo.

The proposal seeks approval for a flagship James Squire restaurant and bar within Tenancy 5 at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, along with associated landscape and external works. The design includes a freestanding fully glazed working microbrewery which will brew limited release beers for sale exclusively at the venue. Elevated to maintain public access and views toward the world heritage listed Opera House, the microbrewery pod will provide a new visual focus at the site and celebrate the art of the master brewers in the heart of one of Australia’s most significant historic precincts.

Topping out Point Piper house

Collins and Turner’s three storey residence in Point Piper has recently been topped out with a slender steel roof frame engineered by Partridge Partners. When complete, this gently vaulted roof will be internally finished with a seamless woven copper lattice ceiling, creating a space that will frame sweeping views of the harbour from Blackburn Cove to the south through to the Sydney CBD skyline. At completion, the building will be characterised by a palette of warm natural materials including Wandabyne sandstone, reclaimed Western Australian Karri, copper, brass and European limestone.