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.

News Ltd, Parramatta

Collins and Turner, working in close collaboration with PTW Architects and McGregor Coxall landscape designers, have been confirmed as joint winners of the design excellence competition conducted by Dyldam Pty Ltd, on the former News Ltd Cumberland Media site, in the heart of Parramatta.

The prominent site faces the Parramatta river at the location of the first landing in 1788, and contains towers of 60, 35, and 25 stories, grouped around a major new public plaza. Collins and Turner’s proposal for the middle height, 35 story mixed-use building contains apartments, commercial, and retail uses along with a spectacular pool club and restaurant, located at roof level.

The tower’s facade is designed to appear as an assembly of woven shimmering tapestries with a perforated, gold-toned shading system that responds to climate, orientation and context. You can read more about our proposal here.

Places Women Make

We are all very proud of our director Penny Collins who is featured in Jane Jose’s new book “Places Women Make” – a book that celebrates women who are shaping the Australian city. The book was launched in December at Tusculum by Lucy Turnbull. You can buy your copy here.

A win for Charming Squire

Our brew bar on Brisbane’s South Bank featuring reclaimed Queensland spotted gum floors has won an Australian Timber Design Award for best timber flooring.  It also received runner up in the Excellence in the Use of Timber Products – Recycled Timber category. The project was done in association with Baber Studio and D’Occhio. You can view images of the project along with all the other winners here.

Trailblazers and Rising Stars

Director Penny Collins has been featured in this month’s Australian House and Garden which focuses on women in design. The article pays tribute to the trailblazers and rising stars in all design disciplines across Australia. Penny is featured alongside other wonderfully talented design professionals.

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.