• Australian Architecture : A history

Australian Architecture : A history

Barangaroo House is featured in Davina Jackson’s new publication Australian Architecture: A history, published by Allen & Unwin.

The book is a comprehensive narrative history of building and design styles in Australia, from traditional Aboriginal gunyahs; to the local interpretations of northern hemisphere styles; to the sustainable, climate sensitive and high-tech constructions of the 21st century.

‘Comprehensive, fascinating and inspiring’ – Tim Ross, presenter of ABC TV’s Designing a Legacy

  • Curved: Bending Architecture

Curved: Bending Architecture

Curved: Bending Architecture, published by Lannoo, is written by art and design historian Agata Toromanoff, who delves into the engineering feats and aesthetic triumphs of designing arching and twisting buildings. Barangaroo House is featured alongside over 60 remarkable buildings that explore the boundaries of form.

The introduction to the book reads: ‘Whether expressed in objects of everyday use or buildings, rounded design seems more communicative, natural and appealing, evoking positive emotions.’

Toromanoff adds: ‘A challenge in the construction process and quite expensive to build, curving architecture has been and will always be a statement in the pursuit of testing limits and envisioning some of the most striking and original structures ever.’

  • MMXX


Waterloo Youth Centre has been included in Cameron Bruhn’s survey of the most influential, innovative and exciting Australian architecture of the past 20 years.

MMXX tells the story of architecture in Australia in the first two decades of the 21st century. Shaped by unprecedented prosperity, urbanisation, uncertainty and internationalisation, the past two decades have produced some of the most significant and diverse architecture in this country. The richly illustrated volume published by Thames and Hudson reflects on and evaluates this period, taking the reader on a journey through varying scales and locations – from ambitious city-making projects to finely crafted homes and elegant sheds nestled in the scenic countryside.

  • Our First House

Our First House

Our First House: The Bombala Farmhouse is revisited in an article in houses 131. In the article, Penny and Huw discuss the origins of the project that was designed in London, and completed in 1997.

  • Houses – Extraorinary Living

Houses – Extraorinary Living

The Bombala Farmhouse is included in Phaidon’s beautiful book Houses – Extraordinary Living

  • Houses Magazine Balmoral House

Houses Magazine Balmoral House

“In Balmoral House by Collins and Turner a choreographed and artful sequence of layered internal and external spaces is contained within a building form that belies its size.”

Author: Genevieve Lilly

Photography: Katherine Lu

Read the full article

  • Garden City

Garden City

Waterloo Youth Centre is included in Ana Yudina’s beautiful book Garden City: Supergreen Buildings, Urban Skyscrapers and The New Planted Space, published by Thames and Hudson

  • Ornament is Crime

Ornament is Crime

Ian and Rosanne Collins’ Mosman house is featured along with our Bombala Farmhouse in this fantastic 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.

  • Better Placed

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 by Planning NSW and the NSW Government Architect.

  • Adaption


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.

  • Places Women Make

Places Women Make

Our director Penny Collins is featured in Jane Jose’s book “Places Women Make” – a book that celebrates women who are shaping the Australian city. The book was launched in December 2015 at Tusculum by Lucy Turnbull. You can buy your copy here.

  • Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

“This is not about Kevin Rudd. Quite the opposite. It’s about shelter from the storm.

What is architecture? Broadly speaking, I consider this the kind of undergraduate unanswerable that should be well behind you before your first inklings of mortality. Last week, however, two largely unrelated events returned it to my frontal lobe.

One was the NSW Architecture Awards. The other, rain.

Rain! How those nine nights and days felt like 40. Yet my house, bless it, held out to the end, or almost. Only on the very last day of that Old Testament weather did our roof start to leak. Not frogs, I’m grateful for that. Quite likely just vines getting uppity…”

Read the article in full

  • Exhibitions


Living the modern
Deutsche Architektur Zentrum, Berlin 2005
Venice Biennale 2008
Home Real:Ideal
Boutwell Draper gallery 2012
Venice Biennale 2018
Art Design Architecture Jam Factory 2017-2020

  • Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Booth Gibbons
Prefab Modern
Harper Collins
Country Interiors
Living in a Small Space
Axel Menges
Ultimate House Book
Homes dot com
NSW Government Architects office
Residenze Unifamiliari
Maggioli Edditore
21st Century House
Lawrence King
100 Houses
Minimal Style
Living the Modern
Hatje Cantz
Houses of Steel
Living Steel
Prefabrication systems
Rural Houses
Murdoch Books
Australian Institute of Architects
Places Women Make
Wakefield Press
Ornament is Crime
Garden City
Thames and Hudson
Houses – Extraordinary Living

  • Houses Magazine practice profile

Houses Magazine practice profile

“Each of the highly refined houses of Collins and Turner Architects pursues the purity of an idea. Maitiú Ward profiles their work for Houses 90.”

Author: Maitiú Ward

Photography: Richard Glover,  Simon Whitbread, Peter Bennetts

Read the full article

  • 17 Gadigal Avenue

17 Gadigal Avenue

Collins and Turner Architects “turn a Sydney building of apartments into an apartment building” by cladding the block in a single, unifying cloak of perforated, pressed metal screens, in varying shades of gold.

Author: Tone Wheeler

Photography: Ross Honeysett, Michael Wee

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  • Steel Profile

Steel Profile

“Near the entrance of this memorable building, several triangular steel panels converge to a central node. The galvanising has dulled to a matte grey and the mesh will soon be covered in native vines, but for now the geometric beauty is on display, showing the angles intersecting at a common point. It’s a subtle visual metaphor for the genesis of the building itself, where various people, coming from different perspectives, have crossed paths at a specific moment to create something truly remarkable…”

  • kharkov


In Bellevue Hill, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, Collins and Turner have repurposed a crumbling home into a castle-like lair, slicing into an imposing, 17-metre cliff face.

Photographer Richard Glover

Author Craig Johnson

This article first appeared in Architectural Review Asia Pacific issue 127: The Residential Issue.

You’re at street level, about to enter a modest, glazed doorway hidden away inside a wall of sandstone slabs. Inside there’s a high-ceilinged tunnel, and much cooler air than outside. To your left is a large, exposed rock wall, hand detailed and subtly lit – effectively a dramatic work of art, damp and dripping into a discrete catch below. As you make your way along a catwalk-style path, elevated from the ground by a few centimetres, you come to another entrance and…