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    Canberra Medallion

    We are delighted to announce that Constitution Avenue has been awarded the John Overall Prize for Urban Design and the Canberra Medallion at the recent ACT Institute of Architects Awards. The project was a collaboration involving the National Capital Authority, Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture, Hill Thalis, SMEC and AECOM. The jury citation notes that, ‘ the character of the avenue is responsive to its location and varies in scale from civic to boulevard, bushland to ceremonial effortlessly.’ It describes the project an exemplar of how to plan, design and deliver public domain works.

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    Narara Eco Village Update

    Congratulations to the Narara Ecovillage, who four and a half years after making an offer for the land:

    • Are now 2/3 of the way through the civil works for stage 1
    • Were recently awarded an ARENA grant of nearly $1m toward a ‘smart grid’ for their electric network
    • Have membership now, of over 80 families and 160 adults and children

    See latest photographs of the civil works here.

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    Verve Apartments, Newcastle

    Our major new twin apartment tower scheme, designed in association with CKDS Architects, for Windham King has just been lodged in Newcastle. Look for details on our website shortly.

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    Book Launch

    We’re delighted to be the subject of the second volume of URO media’s Minimono Series.

    The book features a foreword from AIA Gold Medallist Lawrence Nield, an essay co-authored by architects David Neustein and Michael Neustein and an interview between Philip Thalis, Rachel Neeson and Richard Francis-Jones.

    Books are available for purchase online from Uro Publications

  • Congratulations to our Urban Provocateur!

    We’re delighted to see Benjamin Driver awarded in the DARCH awards for his passionate commitment to urban issues.

  • 2016

    Late 2015 saw the completion of projects in Strathfield and Burwood – middle ring housing sites with transitional urban conditions.

    We begin 2016 with works on Campbell Section5 reaching a conclusion and works on Constitution Avenue continuing. Builders have been appointed for the Sydney University Boatshed We have a number of Development Applications on small, challenging inner urban sites in various Councils, and we are working on a range of family houses, due to begin construction in the next few months.

    We hope to progress works on an adaptive reuse project in the beautiful Beynon and Hayward building Petersham, and see the commencement of the Parramatta Escarpment Boardwalk towards the latter part of this year.

9 hours ago

Last night @thearchitectsbookshop as part of @sydarchfest #MichaelZanardo & #NoniBoyd launched their work on #ArchitectureMapGuide of Affordable Housing in Sydney. Remains such a key topic today, so important people understand that once our Govts were great builders of public housing. Looking forward to talking there tonight on some of the best public housing built in Sydney. #sydneyaffordablehousingchallenge #publichpusing #socialhousing #housingexemplars #millerspoint #woolloomooloo #redfern #surryhills #glebe #waterloo #ultimo #pyrmont

1 day ago

Have always loved stair geometry; only took 18 years to make this one a bit more BCA compliant.... Note fan of winders don’t come to a single point, but offset to make it easier to use. #stairs #house #internalstairs #winders #balustrade #hardwood #stairgeometry #balusters #home #architecture

2 days ago

#SydneyTerraceHouses Eq 6th in @cityofsydney with 28 houses is Morehead St Waterloo (suspect quite a few people reasonably thought this to be longest). Centrepiece names it as #GrosvenorTerrace B&B 1881. Very unusual feature that the fine parapet is continuous, but ground floors get taller at sth end to take up dip in street (cf images 5 & 6-don’t know any other row that does this? Must make internal stairs different too). Also windows different under centrepiece #longestterracerows #urbanhousing #streetwall #moreheadstreet #waterloosydney #parapet #continuousparapet #sydneyterraces #noarticulation #sydneyarchitecture #architectureofhousing @cityofsydney

3 days ago

Beside the Haymarket, @cityofsydney just opened its new 2 storey Public Library within the @kkaa_official #KengoKuma ‘Bird’s Nest’ Building. Library on 2nd & 3rd floors. Circular form wrapped with 20km of timber battens #HaymarketLibrary #sydneychinatown #darlingsquare #birdsnestbuilding #civicbuilding #circularform #publiclibrary #sydneyarchitecture @cityofsydney #publicsydney

4 days ago

Our old #Studio5 now very close to completion. Full volume within roof revealed, all existing timber framing exposed, monumental wall scraped back to reveal successive layers of paint, new mezzanine & highlights bring light into the centre of the Plan With thanks to @brett_sperling @mad.e.rowe @jonathon__james @moniquecoorey #beachconstructions @eamonnmadden @partridge_engineers #studioconversion #warehouseconversion #creativeadaptation #timberstructure #timberfloor #archedwindow

5 days ago

#SydneyTerraceHouses 7th largest group in @cityofsydney with 27 in total, comprising 3 ranges of 9 houses, separated only by 1m alleyways. Here terraces actually set on a terrace. Very unusual character, with shared verandas over elevated walkways on otherwise bald faced houses in Hackett St Ultimo. But As it happens eq 6th largest group in Bulwarra Rd with 28 in total, is located directly behind 7th longest group-Hackett St (see city model photo & 1949 aerial) Here terraces conventional, with 2 storey verandas, parapets Doesn’t look like they were built together, unlike perhaps Iris St/Greens Rd interlocking groups #sydneyterraces #ultimo #hackettstreet #bulwarraroad #continuousrows #urbanhousing #spechousing #streetwall #plinth #brickbase #verandas #sydneyarchitecture #architectureofhousing #architecture