Residential Projects

An essential, Japanese-inspired vision for a cottage has evolved from renovation to new build, yielding a crisp, modern conclusion.
Renovating, altering and extending hold the romantic allure of combining existing, sometimes historic parts of a building into a new iteration. However, compared to a fresh start, working with old masonry, plumbing and roofing is often fraught with frustrations, both foreseeable and not.
Lacing the traditional townhouse typology with innovative touches, Kavellaris Urban Design have created functional, elegant homes that subtly play on their context.
As with many successful creative endeavours, Project Zero had to overcome a series of challenges. The story begins with a couple seeking to renovate an existing, inner-city Brisbane Old Queenslander to accommodate their young family, meanwhile aiming for a high degree of energy efficiency (the target being zero energy consumption, hence the name). It quickly became clear that despite their romantic reputation, the desired house typology was both prohibitively expensive, and poorly equipped for energy efficient design.
The Hawthorns is a Gothic Revival mansion that the Addams Family would be proud to live in. Looming high on a rise overlooking the Yarra River and on to Richmond and the city centre beyond, it was designed in 1845 by the distinguished architect John Gill.

Just around the corner from this bluestone pile is Revival, a contemporary reinterpretation of that style by the emerging Melbourne architecture firm of Honeyman + Smith.

Commercial Projects

Mordialloc Preschool is a study in how sensitivity to site and function afford success in design, even when working within constraints. Located in the southeast Melbourne suburb of Mordialloc, the pre-school’s 2015 redevelopment ties it to its geographical and cultural setting while attending to the needs of its most important occupants – children.
Lacing the traditional townhouse typology with innovative touches, Kavellaris Urban Design have created functional, elegant homes that subtly play on their context.
A country club where the city meets the bush showcases a quintessentially Australian response to recreation among nature. Tucked behind the Upper Nepean nature reserve north of Sydney, at the gateway to the Southern Highlands, Lendlease’s Bingara Gorge development embodies the area’s combination of small town prosperity and semi-rural tranquillity.
Community is a term that means different things to different people. Fundamentally, it’s about how we create space, and for what purpose. Togetherness? Places in which to live and work. Places where the use of space should be artful, intelligent, and eminently practical. Spaces where you can be alone – or together with others, depending on the mood and the occasion.

In good measure the Melbourne architectural practice, Croxon Ramsay, has succeeded in designing a facility that builds neighbourhood capacity, a case in point being the Saltwater Community Centre at Point Cook, which lies within the City of Wyndham on Melbourne’s outer west. One of Victoria’s largest growing municipalities, Wyndham’s population is booming, having more than doubled since 2006. To accommodate this phenomenal expansion, the city had good reason to build 10 community centres over a ten-year period, Saltwater being the most recent.

Landscape Projects

Billed as Sydney’s newest downtown precinct, Kensington Street, Chippendale is a far cry from the run-down alley of abandoned warehouses and terrace houses of
The Balfour Street Park project created a small-scale neighbourhood park within a diverse commercial and residential enclave in Chippendale, providing a breakout space for workers and residents.

Balfour Park uses a rich weave of brick, stone and concrete. Brick is used as a decorative medium in a series of colours and patterns, inspired by the adjacent brewery buildings, workers terraces and old factory buildings that form the park’s historic backdrop.

Concrete elements complement the textured brick surfaces, echoing the modern insertions throughout the neighbourhood and bringing a contemporary feel to the park.

A metre-wide “lazy river” of cobblestones meanders through the clay-paved plaza fronting Australia’s newest international-standard swim centre. The SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre is a mixed-use development incorporating a swimming and diving complex, leisure pools and health care centre.
Jacaranda Square is part of the redevelopment of Sydney Olympic Park from a large-scale event space to an everyday role which includes plans for a residential and working population of 30,000. The square is located opposite the Park’s spectacular train station entrance. Turf covers about 60 percent of the Square, the balance being hard paved in a range of Austral Bricks™ Bowral® dry-pressed bricks, as well as recycled bricks (acknowledging the neighbouring site’s history as a brickworks).

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