Photography by David Straight, Clinton Weaver and Bec Hannaford.
I grew up with parents who renovated all our family homes. Weekends were spent in my dad’s workshop. Seeing how the alterations would transform the spaces and impact our daily life in a positive way gave me a lot of joy and gravitated me toward architecture from a young age, even before I knew what it really was.
For each project we focus on understanding the uniqueness of the environment and inhabitants, designing with authenticity to connect people with their surroundings and provide spaces to inspire life. A lot of time is put into the early stages of the project to learn about the client, brief and site to inform the conceptual design.
Through a deep understanding of the client, the site’s location and environment, each project brings its own individual aesthetic. It’s important that each design is unique. Reusing and repurposing materials is one of the first things we review at the beginning of the project. Using materials in their raw form and leaving materials exposed, such as structural elements, where possible enable a sense of transparency and simplicity.
The material selections are often an extension of the architectural form and finishes to maintain a simple and cohesive material palette from outside to inside.
Exercise, breathwork and travel when we can to reset and see things from a fresh perspective.
We’ve been working on a diverse range of projects in the studio, the majority are residential but there is also a private yoga studio on a beautiful sandstone site that’s just started construction. Commercial warehouse fit outs and one of our most exciting projects, a progressive mental health space with therapy rooms and an event space in Surry Hills.
Another project we've recently completed is Treetops Grey Lynn Bungalow in New Zealand. This project involved peeling back the years of additions to simplify the layout and connect living spaces to framed treetop lined views. Here, two Orange Mud Australia Hat Lights sit over the dining table, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Try to get as much practical experience and time on site as you can with builders and craftspeople, that’s where you can learn the most and hone technical details.
The Hungry Caterpillar, the reality for now with my two-year-old son!
Trust your instincts!
Soft yellow – always reminds me of warm summer days.
A beautiful copper bracelet my late father gifted me.
An amenities block. I love the creative freedom and diverse designs found around Sydney that often respond so well to their environment and challenge the traditional enclosed nature of bathrooms and wash areas.