Monday, October 24, 2022

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Berry St Studio


A couple of sketches of a first floor studio addition to a corner terrace in Clifton Hill. The northern elevation is screened by a facade garden incorporating a new external stair.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

The Paris Opera (Collingwood) up for sale


One of our favourite projects is up for sale.
Click here for real listing.

Click here for a review in The Design Files.
And here for Daily Mail article.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Alison Court Backyard


A question of how to best utilise a bit of backyard space expanded from a shed to an outdoor cinema with pizza oven and associated fire side low seating.



Sunday, May 31, 2020

Union Street aka Brunswick brick special

View into side entrance, Rexroth Mannasmann Collective Architects

split brick facade

steel and timber handrail

After deciding to retain the existing somewhat challenging dwelling, we tried to engage with the history of 70’s owner build bricklayer’s house. The new addition embraces a brick aesthetic with a split faced brick rear entry replete with brick floor. The uniform ceiling height of the original fat plan is increased by dropping the floor level to the new works, linked by steps and a ramp. Steel columns hold up a steel and timber handrail, the construction of which tortured all involved.

Excellent work by Dwyer Constructions, with some fine joinery from DE Design Excellence.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Turner St in Green magazine

Turner Street house in Green magazine

Project we did with Simon Ellis landscape Architect

Find it in this issue

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Turner St. win at AILA awards

Congratulations to Simon Ellis for a fantastic win at last nights AILA awards with the facade garden at our project in Turner St., Abbotsford. Four years old now, the planting is taking over - pretty much as per the owners brief. Credits to OTS Construction for the building, Mike Gentily for landscape installation and Tim Allen for the photo of the building. The photo of us is courtesy of Martin Reeves of Outlines.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Kew Island House

House sighted in the Kew Island where it looks like the indoor plants are trying to get out the high level glazing.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Albert St is occupied

The garden has taken off with late summer warmth and water tank irrigation.

A lush paradise designed by Eckersley's, complementing our alterations and additions built with suitable awesomeness by Glyde Constructions.

HYBC at the Institute awards

As presented at the Architecture awards a fortnight or so ago...

Identity, apertures and an empty box
Additions and alterations to Hobsons Bay Yacht Club.
Our approach extended the use of yellow brick, albeit with subtle changes in pattern, and sought to build on the existing identity of the Hobsons Bay Yacht Club. We opened the site to the street which allows passers-by to see into and through the building. The club’s social life and working dry docks are presented to the public gaze, activating the streetscape and drawing locals over the fence.
HBYC is one of a handful of clubs where members can work on their own vessels. As such it was important that this project was not a gesamt kunstwork. The building is a robust container that can be continued without further consultation and without erosion or undermining of the architecture.
And the building has a PERISCOPE.

Hobsons Bay Yacht club, rear facade

HBYC Rexroth Mannasmann Collective Architects

bathroom interior

brick facade, glazed and natural finish

View up periscope at Hobsons Bay Yacht club

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

Gordon St at Handover

Happy snaps of Gordon St.
Handed over by Willsher Builders today.
Excellent workmanship on a project with more geometry than is normal for us.
Thought of as an elephant under a white blanket.

Monday, February 13, 2017

New Residence at Franklinford

Progress photos of rammed earth and pressed tin. From start of the project to Friday (mid Feb 2017). heading towards completion middle of the year.

Photos of early rammed earth walls courtesy of our client.

New Residence at Franklinford - Early site toilet

Fantastic site toilet by the client.

New Residence at Franklinford - Preliminary Works Dec 2015


The works consist of construction of a black machinery shed and a 200m long road with CFA compliant access via a teardrop driveway adjacent to the house site.
Extensive topographical analysis informed siting of the road which winds around the hill and unfolds views across to Mount Franklin and down to Jim Crow Creek.
The house will follow shortly and has a pavilion plan and a robust material palette including rammed earth, raw cement sheet and unpainted pressed metal cladding.

Acknowledgements for work to date:
Graham Jennings of Jennings Earthmoving Services, Castlemaine for precision road building and site cut
Central Steelbuild, Kyneton for machinery shed construction
Jonah Epstein for photography
Simon Ellis Landscape Architecture for design collaboration, topographic and drainage analysis.