Vertical Oasis

Commissioned by developer JQZ, the Tower Residences, a 172 unit multi-residentail development designed in collaboration with Environa Studio has received development approval. Winner of a City of Sydney design excellence competition, the project located at 40a O’Dea Avenue in the heart of Waterloo will offer its residents an inner city sanctuary. Due for completion in 2016, the building will feature over 2500sqm of landscaped external space in the form of lush gardens, open air lobbies, roof terraces and planted balconies. Read more about the project here.

Charming Squire Opens

Last night was the grand opening of our recently completed bar project, The Charming Squire. Hundreds of Brisbane craft beer fans flocked to South Bank to attend the event and sample some of the 11 James Squire craft beers and ciders including two beers that are brewed uniquely on the premises. Many thanks to The Mantle Group for putting on such an exceptional event!

about the house

Huw Turner presented some of Collins and Turner’s work last night at About the House, a talk series held at the Surry Hills Community Centre, along with Peter Loneghan of Cracknell Loneghan. About the House is a series of monthly neighbourhood idea forums on domestic architecture designed to allow architects and the public to talk informally about what makes a good house. The talk was organised and moderated by Associate Professor Elizabeth Farrelly, and sponsored by Spencer And Servi. About the House will each month invite two architects to present a house or houses they have designed.


Collins and Turner were involved in SuperStudio over the weekend, an annual 24 hour student design competition organised by SONA, the official student body of the AIA. The competition is designed to foster studio culture, networking and support between students of different universities, conceptual thinking; critique and analysis of topical subjects; and interaction between the architectural profession and the student community. David Janson was a design tutor at the event, and Penny Collins was part of the judging panel. Congratulations to the winners, Demas Rusli, Plini Roessler-Holgate and Jason Goh, and best of luck at the national SuperStudio.

Senior Architect Position

Collins and Turner is looking to recruit a senior architect with CC coordination experience to work in a temporary contract or permanent role. You will work on exciting new high rise residential projects with an award winning practice.

You will have:
Excellent local high-rise residential CC coordination experience
Expertise in liaising with authorities, certifiers and consultants on staged CCs
A meticulous, organised, and team-oriented, work ethic
A minimum of seven years local experience
Working hours can be flexible, and renumeration negotiable.

Collins and Turner is a dynamic, award winning practice dedicated to design excellence and a sustainable built environment.

If you are interested in joining our team, please email your CV to or apply via SEEK. All enquires will be kept strictly confidential.

Iconic Australian Houses

Penny’s childhood home the Collins House was featured in the Sydney Morning Herald this weekend. Designed and built by Penny’s father, Ian Collins, in 1976, the fibreglass house above Mosman Wharf made a strong contemporary statement amongst its Federation style neighbours. The Collins House is also showcased as part of the Iconic Australian Houses exhibition curated by Karen McCartney for the Museum of Sydney at Customs House until 17th August.

James Squire Brisbane Site Progress

Construction work is progressing on the Brisbane South Bank site of the new James Squire microbrewery.

The project is being carried out for clients Lion Co and Mantle Group, with the design being developed collaboratively between Collins and Turner and Brisbane architects Baber Studio.

The 1400sqm+ venue will house a series of dramatic and contrasting spaces that reflect in an abstract way the story of James Squire – Australia’s first master brewer, including an on-site microbrewery, restaurant, function spaces and external terraces.

New works at the Grey Street site contrast the semi-industrial and concrete qualities of the retail shell with new elements and surfaces in locally sourced spotted gum, blackened timber, amber glass, and a range of textured and contrasting metallic finishes such as raw black steel, zinc, and beaten copper.

The project is due for completion in Q3 2014.

National Stone Award for Paddington House

Paddington house has been awarded the Australian Stone Advisory Association (ASAA) award for best residential use of imported stone. The project incorporates flooring, custom baths, and vanities using Pietra Antibes Limestone, and Italian Basaltina extensively within the external landscaping. Both stones were supplied by Ocean and Merchant.

Minerva – Opening

Collins and Turner recently assisted in the renovation of a small project space in the Minerva building at Macleay Street in Potts Point. Over the weekend Minverva opened with “Sunny and Hilly”, a group show featuring Hany Armanious, Andy Boot, James Deutsher, Fayen d’Evie, Helen Johnson, Jonny Niesche, Joshua Petherick and Marian Tubbs. For more information on this exhibition and upcoming shows visit the Minerva website.

40a+40b O’Dea Avenue, Waterloo

Collins and Turner have been confirmed as winner of the City of Sydney Design excellence competition for 40a+40b O’Dea Avenue in Waterloo.

Carried out for property group JQZ, and designed in collaboration with Environa Studio, the project comprises 3 mixed use buildings including a 20 storey residential tower on Sam Sing Street, and 4 storey mixed use retail and residential structures on Archibald Avenue and Hatbox Place.

The project aims to establish new standards of amenity for inner city living, by including over 2500sqm of landscaped external space in the form of gardens, roof terraces, and planted balconies across the full height of the tower and low-rise buildings, consistent with City of Sydney’s recent initiatives to encourage the use of green roofs and urban farms across the inner city.

The tower form is divided into two slender blocks, separated by open air sky gardens which link to open circulation corridors.

A high performance glazed …Read more.

DARCH Horse Awards

Penny was one of the judges at this years DARCH Horse Awards, held on Friday 22nd November at Austral’s CBD Design Studio. The DARCH Horse Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions by non-architects in the pursuit of a high quality built environment. The aims of the awards are to engage a broader audience in discussion about the importance of architecture to our city, our society, and our culture. The awards aspire to recognise the value input affiliated professionals and industry members make to the places which we inhabit, and encourage a spirit of generosity and collaboration.

Collins and Turner win Barangaroo R1

Collins and Turner has been selected as architect for a free-standing restaurant complex on the waterfront promenade at Barangaroo South.

Resembling stacked bamboo bowls, the proposal was revealed today by Lend Lease’s Barangaroo South Managing Director Andrew Wilson.

“Collins and Turner submitted an exciting, stylish concept that makes a strong visual statement and confidently holds its own among the other world-class designs at Barangaroo,” Andrew Wilson said.

A judging panel comprising Lend Lease team members, a Barangaroo Delivery Authority representative and Ivan Harbour from Barangaroo South master planners Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners selected Collins and Turner over the 14 other entrants due to its “artistic design” and “well-researched, well organised and flexible approach”.

Barangaroo is a $6 billion urban transformation of the western edge of Sydney’s central business district by Lend Lease. Barangaroo South is the southern 7.5 hectares of the site which will have a mix of uses, including commercial, residential, retail …Read more.