The Grand Section

Our June shop front exhibition party celebrated the work undertaken by The Grand Section

18 Jun 2018

Our Process

Our strength as an architectural practice is our design process. It drives the practice and it enriches the projects that we deliver on a consistent basis. We communicate regularly and clearly to our clients, builders and consultants so that we are not side tracked on issues that will not assist the overall outcome. We respond to concerns and questions as soon as they arise and we work to ensure that the relationships – especially builders and clients – are maintained throughout the project. Issues are resolved and where needed we provide advice and actions to ensure that the interests of the project is not compromised.

15 Jun 2018

Perpetual Light

This photography series explores the strange and curious relationship in the urban reality of perpetual light; the interplay of daylight and electric lighting in the built environment.

30 May 2018

Pre-Design Services

Pre-Design is such an integral and often overlooked stage of the design process that, when conducted well, results in a far more transparent architect-client relationship, a greater understanding of the project for all and a well sought smooth design and construction process.

24 May 2018

North Fitzroy context. Roof line.

Heritage vs Sustainability

We need to recognise that a dwelling that was built in one era may not suit the conditions of a different era. And that we can retain the character of a precinct by carefully in filling new architecture into an existing context. How we manage this issue in the next few years will say a lot of our maturity to reconcile our past with our future.

30 Apr 2018

Contingency

Design is a process of conceiving ideas and testing those ideas against a range of parameters. It is often the testing of ideas and the scrutiny of project parameters that ensure that the model is fit for purpose when the project is realised. In building projects – which are highly complex – it is important that clients, architects and builders allow for a contingency.

13 Apr 2018

Beyond Why - Taking on Simon Sinek's "Start With Why"

You may have come across Simon Sinek on YouTube or TED. His 2009 TED talk ‘How great leaders inspire action’ is one of the 25 most popular TED talks of all time. It’s a great talk – however, in this blog piece we talk about “how” is as valuable as “why” – especially when it comes to designers and architects.

11 Apr 2018

Federation Square Not Apple Square

The Apple Concept Store at Federation Square does not make sense to me. It does not make sense to give over part of our public urban space to a corporation. For the government, Federation Square is a shopping complex without an anchor tenant. I acknowledge that Federation Square was first conceived of as a commercial public space.

4 Apr 2018

Architecture Conference - Deerubbin

On the weekend, I attended the Architecture Foundation Conference at Milsons Island on the Hawkesbury River. The conference is convened by Lindsay and Sue Johnston and they do a brilliant job. The conference is called “Deerubbin” which is the Aboriginal name for the Hawkesbury River and it means deep and wide.

23 Mar 2018

ISO-9001 Accreditation

Last week we completed the Stage 2 Audit of our practice to attain ISO-9001 accreditation. This milestone represents 2 years’ work in the background to align our services to the requirements of this management system.

11 Mar 2018

What Does The Design Process Look Like?

The design process is integral to the form of buildings and spaces and it is essential to the creation of architecture.
So, what does the design process look like? Where do ideas for buildings and spaces come from? How does the design process itself determine the shape and form of the project.

6 Nov 2017

Slow Architecture

A reflection on the relationship between architecture and time.

25 Sep 2017

Sustainability & Building

There is a something of a contradiction between sustainability and building. Resources are needed to build a new project – even one that will be sustainable once built. In turn, energy is needed to run a new facility so the by-product of any new project is waste that wasn’t being generated before.

6 Sep 2017

The War on 'Stuff'

Antony discusses the role in which ‘stuff’ plays in cluttering our lives, and whilst we hold close attachments to personalised momento’s of our past, looking towards minimalism encourages an unconstrained freedom for possibilities to emerge in spaces we never imagined.

14 Jan 2017

Things I Have Learnt

Recently I read an article by a small business owner reflecting on what he learnt in the past 20 years of running a small business.
The article caused me to reflect on architecture and the things I have learnt over the past 15 years of running a practice.

10 Jul 2016

Gezellig House Illustrated Design with shading

Cost Planning For Projects

Why do we so often hear about project budgets being blown out of the water? Well, Antony discusses the lack of consideration given to Cost Planning early on in the design process and highlights the necessity of effective Cost Planning in any house architecture project, and how to do it.

30 May 2016

Sanctuary Magazine

We are proud to announce that our Gezellig House, also known as the Passive Warehouse, has been featured in the latest edition of Sanctuary Magazine.

26 Feb 2016

What Is Passive House?

Passive House is relevant to any climate, but the other question I’ve been asked is: “Is it relevant to our lifestyle?” Australians love the outdoors, and on beautiful sunny days all we want to do is throw open the doors and windows and leave them that way. Contrary to popular belief, there’s absolutely nothing stopping this in a Passive House. But when it gets bitterly cold or stinking hot, a Passive House will let you close everything up, keep the heat in (or out), and still have a constant supply of fresh outdoor air. A well-designed Passive House gives the occupant total control over internal comfort, with minimal energy use.

21 Dec 2015

Live small terrace House extension, brick and timber cladding.

Design More, Consume Less, Live Small

Graduate in the office Katie writes about one of her design passions: compact housing. Small footprint housing can sometimes get a bad rap, so this blog briefly looks at the small housing movement: a positive way to look at designing more, consuming less and living small!

25 Jul 2014

ARCHITECTURAL FEES

Architectural Fees

Architectural fees – the often ambiguous side of architecture. How do they come about, what are they based on, and what challenges face the Australian and Melbourne architecture industry in the current climate of fee setting – a very interesting and simple to understand piece by Antony, suitable for both consumers and providers.

6 Jul 2014