Residential Projects

The aesthetic flavour steeped into heritage structures is hard to match in new builds – which is why so many residents brave the added cost, time and stress that renovating these involves. When achieved, however, the prize of pairing historic personality with present day function is worth almost any challenge.
The view of Wilsons Promontory National Park from the winding ridgeline near the small town of Fish Creek is arrestingly beautiful. At this southern-most point of the Australian mainland, interlocked shoulders of rolling hills are clad in thickets, paddocks, and dams, while coastline, islands, ocean and taller peaks make for a dramatic backdrop. Throw in some turbulent seasonal weather and you have a dynamic panorama, year-round.
Set in Surry Hills’ dense urban fabric of terrace homes and warehouses, Ashlar by SJB offers a heady cocktail of inner-city location, generous proportions and compelling materiality. Comprising a mixture of studio, one, two and three bed apartments spread across six levels, the development stands on the site of the Oriental Rugs Warehouse and incorporates the original, weathered red-brick frontage, where the suburb’s industrial flavour flows into Ashlar’s elegant finishes.
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.

Commercial Projects

Contemporary educational buildings are very different from those of a few decades ago. Certain novelties might seem obvious – new materials, in-built technology – but the way learning spaces are designed has also undergone a profound shift. Today, the emphasis is on flexibility, versatility and comfort, providing students with environments conducive to a range of learning methods and styles. That said, the buildings that house these environments share much in common with their counterparts of past generations, striving for shelter, amenity, convenience and visual appeal.
In the psychology of colour, blue is associated with reliability, intelligence and communication; it inspires trust and confidence and improves productivity. Blue is also the colour of Australian Catholic University's (ACU's) new St Brigid Health Sciences Building on the Ballarat Campus. Designed by Woods Bagot, the building is encased in polychromatic blue-glazed bricks.
St Mary’s Narthex is a contemporary addition to St Mary’s Parish and Primary School in Malvern East, Melbourne and you could say the Narthex practices what the Bible proposes, which is to “love thy neighbour.” Designed by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design (MGA+D), the Narthex is a sensitive approach to the surrounding architecture with zinc-coloured bricks that respect the Barrabool sandstone of its ecclesiastical neighbour and reinterpret the red bricks of it California bungalow streetscape.
Opened in mid-2016, Rockingham Health Care Trade Training Centre in Western Australia has been designed for aged care and nursing students in Rockingham Senior High School’s vocational training stream during the day and TAFE’s education stream in the evening. The architecture is a subtle reinterpretation of the 1970s modernist language of the adjoining school campus while being sympathetic to the scale and colour of the suburban streetscape. Designed by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architecture, the building utilises a palette of three different bricks and variety of brickwork that responds to the time of day and seasons, creating a dynamic play of light and shadow both inside and out.

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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