This inner city site, unusual in its size with an adjacent vacant block inclusive on the title, provided a fantastic development opportunity for the owners. As a couple with a well established art framing business and a passion for art, it also provided an opportunity for the home to be extended to become a gallery for their extensive and eclectic art collection. The existing terrace, the first in the longest intact heritage listed terrace row in the City of Sydney - Tamworth Terrace - presented a challenging planning exercise. However, the carefully considered yet ambitious design for the proposed infill was well received and supported by the City of Sydney Council. This new structure, addressing William Street, accommodates both on-site parking and a single one-bed apartment above, is dressed in a custom metal screen. The brief to extend the existing residence required a total reworking of the ground floor taking advantage of the double width site - creating a spacious living & dining with fireplace and a large eat-in kitchen adjacent to a new internal courtyard. With additional bathrooms and a reworking of the first bedrooms the home has become a versatile and light-filled home.
Located in Woollahra, this 1940's property was purcahsed in a partially demolished state, stripped back to it’s bare bones and in need of much love. With extensive grounds including a full-sized tennis court, the property yearned for a complete restoration and injection of love to bring it back to its former glory days.
Works across three levels included internal re-planning of the entire house to include a new stair hall (with new stair designed by Luigi Rossellini Architects) the design of new living areas, kitchen & butler's pantry, bathrooms, bedrooms, bespoke joinery, lighting, furniture selection and soft furnishings.
Completed as Arque in collaboration with Luigi Rosselli Architects.
Woollahra Pool House
This unique commission in Woollahra, was to design a new structure at the rear of the property, so to provide a sense of privacy and amenity from an adjacent ‘yet to be built’ luxury apartment development. Despite the development not being there on commencement of the project - as a point of reference - a new ‘poolhouse’ was conceived, intended to double as a large raised planter - so to maximise the height of a green screen as an attempt to reclaim the ‘space’. As a sculptural off-form concrete form this new structure, delicately supported by a small steel column, sits elegantly alongside the pool, offering an almost grotto like shelter for summer entertaining and lounging poolside.
Completed as Arque.
Violetta House II
Completion due mid-Aug 2019
In the footsteps - rather big ones to fill - of Vietnamese architectural trailblazer Vo Trong Nghia, the alterations and additions to this heritage listed terrace in Sydney’s inner city includes a large raised planter box to a rooftop amongst high density development. Surrounded on all sides by an early 1990’s Meriton apartments and townhouses, the challenge on this project was to reclaim the property’s identity and dignity. With the raised planter at first floor - which will accommodate a full-sized Crepe Myrtle and dense planting, plus six metre high planted screens and extensive landscaping, Violetta will become a green and colourful oasis. Hard to imagine it could ever be achieved given the harshness of its context.
Works also included in the scope of work was a full restoration of the property internally and externally, additional bedrooms, new bathroom(s) and a generous new flexible kitchen/living space with soaring ceilings facing onto the new garden at the rear.
With two gigantic steel pivot doors each measuring 2m wide x 4m high scheduled for install in mid-August - and the garden work to be completed around the same time - this project will be soon ready for photos.
For now some under-construction ones.
Builder : IBW Constructions
On the drawing board.
Following on from Chimney House, Atelier DAU has been commissioned to design another infill project for a narrow Redfern street.
The 507sqm site, located on Burnett Street, is occupied by a small heritage listed 1840’s cottage, The property, known as Dascombe Cottage, is part of the original estate of William Redfern — the English surgeon transported to New South Wales as a convict in 1801 who became the suburb’s namesake.
Currently on the drawing board - the brief is to design an intergenerational home - for a family who has lived in the area for well over 40 years. With plans to fully restore the cottage, the new development will sensitively wrap around the cottage, taking full advantage of the unusually large block of land, maximising open space and green.
Violetta Stage I
Completed 2013 I Stage II under construction
Located in Redfern East, Violetta, a character filled heritage listed terrace with grand proportions & period detailing offered its new owners the opportunity to create an exciting and versatile family home. On moving in the owners were faced with the partially complete renovations of the previous owner which required immediate intervention. The initial stage of work involved the completion of two generous bathrooms and a loft conversion. Stage II works is due for completion in August 2019. This new stage of works includes the provision of an additional two bedrooms on the first floor & a complete reworking of the kitchen and casual living area opening directly onto a spacious rear yard.
KARNIVALE is a range of ceramic & porcelain tiles designed by Emma Rees-Raaijmakers (Atelier DAU), in collaboration with Sydney artist Claudia Damichi.
Inspired by the traditional tiles of a by-gone era. Taking cues from format of tiles from the Dutch Golden Age, the texture and patterning of Victorian-era tessellated tiles & the eclecticism, vibrancy and style of the Art Deco movement.
The tiles are designed as a dance of colour and pattern. Embracing history and nostalgia. A celebration of the the magical. Endless play.
KARNIVALE is not just buying tiles, it is buying an artwork for your floor or wall.
Available nationally from August 2019.
For all enquiries please email email@example.com.
Located in picturesque McMahons Point, Uitbouw - Dutch for ‘part extended to a building’ - will demonstrate how a house can be transformed with the smallest intervention. And a modest budget. While there is no increase to the existing footprint this sculptural extension - replacing an existing low ceiling skillion kitchen and laundry - will be transformative - quadrupling a sense of space, bringing ‘bucket loads’ of northern light into the house, connecting the interiors to an extensive garden and framing the uppers reaches of towering protected gums through a large picture window.
Due to start on site in September 2019.
FX Art & Framing
FX Art & Framing, a specialist high quality custom framing business, engaged Arque to design a cost effective transformation of their new showroom and workshop in Sydney's Alexandria, within a very tight time frame. The relocation of their business from Redfern, where they had been based for 25+ years was a big step and required a solution that would enable them to be back-in-business and operational as quick as possible. A previous car mechanics workshop - the space required a thorough clean and stripping back of years of grime.
As a specialised fine art conservation framer, FX clients include major public and private art institutions and galleries, private art collectors, art consultants and artists who exhibit at some of the country’s leading national, state and private art galleries and museums. Arque were engaged to create a new showroom for meeting clients. In addition Arque worked in close consultation with the client to plan the BOH workspace - a fine tuned operation involving specific requirements for a variety of steps in the framing process - from measuring, fitting up, mounting, joining and glass cutting tables of specific sizes to rooms allocated to spraying, sawing, sanding and dry-mounting.
With the original garage roller door as the public entrance - open at all times - a protected environment was required both for security and for creating a comfortable work environment. A quick polish and seal of the existing concrete slab delivered a perfect platform from which to work from. Making use of the in-house skills and expertise of the FX team, a system of pre-sanded and stained plywood panels was devised, allowing for a quick on-site assembly. A large custom picture window connects the showroom to the street and throughout the space, original car mechanic machinery is retained, creating a playful backdrop, complimented by the clients eclectic mix of vintage and industrial furniture and memorabilia.
Builder : Group Synergy Constructions I John Hearne
Completed as Arque.
This property, located in the Sydney beachside suburb of Clovelly, had been a family home for may years - however with children growing up - also needed to grow. The brief was to design alterations & additions to include a master suite and a seperate ‘domain’ for the kids. In addition, the new works included new kitchen and living areas, a double garage & swimming pool.
By effectively doubling the size of the existing property, while retaining the front section of the house (required by Council), the challenge was to design a building that didn’t overwhelm the remaining section of the single storey home.
Working within tight development controls, the approved design offers a playful response to the site, with bulk minimised and scale broken down through subtle shifting of form and interspersing of green rooves.
Completed as Arque.
Emma is creative director and founder of Archikidz, a not-for-profit organisation that offers an innovative platform for engaging kids tomorrow's thinkers & city-makers - in a conversation about design, architecture and city making.
With an unstoppable passion to engage kids in the city and to educate them in the process - she is endlessly imagining creative ways to develop the Archikidz model. Emma believes that creativity is the currency of the future - and sees Archikidz as unique opportunity to both encourage creativity and inspire young minds about the built environment. With three children of her own, she is very conscious that the future needs creative minds committed to creating liveable, equitable and sustainable cities.
Emma’s ultimate goal is to see Archikidz strategically involved in the broader conversation about how to build ’better cities’ - with Archikdz being an advocate for real change (a voice for kids/youth) through tangible lasting projects. Whether it be through engagement in consultation processes with government agencies or developers - or through site specific projects to activate & transform public space.
Archikidz began in Amsterdam, The Netherlands a decade ago as an architectural workshop for kids. Events are now held annually in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Bergen, Barcelona, Buenos Aries, Lisbon & Santiago
Archikidz believes that great cities need great public spaces for people of all ages to come together. As part of Vivid 2015 Archikidz transformed Hyde Park Barracks courtyard into PLAY[ground], the ultimate adventure playground in the heart of the city.
PLAY[ground] brought together a dynamic and passionate team of creatives, with a shared passion for making our city a more equitable, liveable and sustainable one for future generations. PLAY[ground] was without a doubt, a rip-roaring success - with 24 partners and event collaborators, 96 volunteers and more than 6000 attendees over the 3 days of the June long-weekend. We had a ball and we have a sneaking suspicion that the kids did too!
ONEHOUSE was conceived as answer to housing Australian families - designed for the House & Garden magazine and Mirvac design competition My Ideal House. ONEHOUSE was listed in the top 10 of 80+ entries nationally.
ONEHOUSE is more than a single family home - it’s a flexible and adaptable typology. Underpinned by the urban planning logic of the 19th century terrace housing, ONEHOUSE addresses the necessity for urban development to increase in density for our cities to have a sustainable future. ONEHOUSE is unique - designed to perform equally well as a freestanding house, a semi or a terrace - and on any typography. ONEHOUSE is the village of the future.
Completed as Arque.
Dezeen Awards 2019
We are ‘knocked for six’ that Chimney Househas been longlisted in this year’s Dezeen Awardsin the category : Residential Rebirth Project.
This year over 4,500 entries from 87 different countries were received for the 2019 Dezeen awards programme, which celebrates the best new architecture, interiors and design in the world.
The longlist for the design categories features some of the most respected names in the industry including Barber & Osgerby, Patricia Urquiola and Karim Rashid, as well as emerging designers such as Studio Baku.
The projects will now be judged by leading designers and industry figures, including Philippe Starck, Virgil Abloh, Li Edelkoort and Marc Newson, ahead of the shortlist announcement in September.
The winner of each category, which will be announced in October, will go on to compete for the title of design project of the year.
The Houses Awards celebrates Australia’s best residential projects. Now in its ninth year, the program has become one of the country’s most sought-after accolades, with 502 entries submitted in 2019.
This year, a total of 181 entries and five emerging architecture practices were shortlisted across nine categories. “The jury was impressed by the emphasis on place and space making, rather than architecture that is typologically or formally driven,” said Katelin Butler, jury chair and editorial director of Architecture Media. “The standout homes are those that are connected with the people who live in them and consider how the spaces might influence the inhabitants’ experience of day-to-day life. Many of the shortlisted projects are acutely sensitive to site and context, are conceptually legible and display an honesty of material expression.”
The awards will be presented in Melbourne at the Plaza Ballroom on Friday 26 July, following the 2019 Housing Futures conference.