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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.

7 hours ago

Grand entry & street facade of our #verve apartment complex in Newcastle finally being revealed. 5 storey boarded off-form concrete entry portal to King St at fulcrum between street wall & south tower. Inset tiles, awning & finishing still to come. (Design with @ckdsarchitecture, built by #BLOC with @aaronj_murray @hay_nina @nflatman #verveapartments #apartmentcomplex #entryportal #streetwall #towerform #offformconcrete #boardedconcrete #newcastle #newcastleaustralia #apartmenttypes #hybridtype #homecoming #architectureofhousing #Newcastlearchitecture #australianarchitecture #architecture

22 hours ago

Ok, Bondi Beach and pools at sunset on Easter Friday - pretty hard to beat! #bondi #bondibeach #bondipool #bondisunset #sublimesydney #sublimesydneysunset #publiclife #publicspace #water #publicpromenade @waverleycouncil #publicsydney

1 day ago

Tranmere Court, a red texture brick classic in Drummoyne. Engaging presence to the street, not as good in the driveway-dominated side & rear setbacks. #3storeywalkup #3storeywalkupflats #redtexturebricks #housingtype #tranmerecourt #tranmerestreet #drummoyne #sydneyapartments #urbanhousing #streetpresence #frontgarden #sydneyarchitecture #australianhousing

2 days ago

The atrium in Customs House, looking down to the fabulous City Model under the glass floor @cityofsydney #customshouse #citymodel #atrium #void #centralsydney @modelcraft_nsw_vic #publicproject #publicbuilding #customshousesydney #publicsydney

3 days ago

Concept design for new pair of semis in Old Guildford - well away from the traditional architectural haunts. Definitely semi-attached, but each with central courtyard & internal voids. Interesting type, too rare. We think it’s an improvement over current state! Looking forward to discussing with @FairfieldCity - wish us luck #pairofhouses #duplex #semi #semidetachedhouses #semidetached #semiattached #coutyardhouse #housingtype #sydneyarchitecture

4 days ago

Old AMP tower side facade, contrasted with front corner of Customs House. AMP, Sydney’s first genuine tower built in 1962 by PTW architects, is about to have its first major renovation, whereas Customs House has been altered & enlarged by at least 6 architects since constructed in 1842 by Mortimer Lewis @cityofsydney #amptower #oldAMPtower @ptwarchitects #sideelevation #westfacade #customshouse #customshousesydney #mortimerlewis #jamesbarnet #wlvernon #nswgovernmentarchitectsoffice #sydneysandstone #modernconstruction #officetower #publicsydney #sydneyarchitecture #architecture #architecturalcontrast