Originally a dated, deep floor plate commercial office space, this refurbishment and fitout project offered a great opportunity to reflect our client's corporate evolution into a leading digital tech organisation in the design of their new workspace.
BMA conceived the project as a great place to be (as much as a great place to work) offering options for collaborative, quiet, creative and productive activities, along with inviting social and relaxation spaces.
Our proposal focused on cutting a new open courtyard into the centre of the floor plate, promoting natural day light, ventilation and external workspace options for the team of thirty. A range of breakout and alternate workspace options are gathered around this courtyard, including a stand up hot desk area, a quiet room, and a digital workshop space. Large operable glazed panels blur the edges between office and courtyard, and a retractable roof ensures the courtyard space is active year round.
A simple, stripped aesthetic reflecting the industrial context of the complex in Alexandria is balanced against the more domestic association of timber and green wall elements of the kitchen and courtyard spaces.
It is great to see that the team has embraced the opportunities the design has presented, utilising the space for everything from dawn pilates classes to friday night drinks.
36 Doody St
Completed – 2013
36 Doody Street is a 1,200sqm commercial office and warehouse project designed as an extension to an existing industrial facility on the site for Coates Group, an Australian signage design and manufacturing company. As the focus of the business evolves along with digital technology, a need for high quality studio office space, improved presentation and display spaces, and more efficient warehousing has emerged.
BMA’s design therefore focuses on the provision of a new corporate address to Doody Street, the seamless integration of the existing warehouse facility into the new complex, and the provision of smart, efficient and sustainable commercial space reflecting the future trajectory of the company.
Acknowledging its industrial context, the new building has an expressed structural steel frame with lightweight cladding infill, polished concrete floors and a sawtooth roof providing natural daylighting to the new workspace.
We love working with organisations like Coates Group who recognise that their business premises are a powerful expression of their brand, and are integral to their commercial culture.
Originally a dated, deep floor plate commercial office space, the second refurbishment and fitout for Coates Group at Doody Street offered a great opportunity to reflect our client’s corporate evolution into a leading digital tech organisation in the design of their new workspace.
BMA conceived the project as a great place to be (as much as a great place to work) offering options for collaborative, quiet, creative and productive activities, along with inviting social and relaxation spaces.
Our proposal focused on cutting a new open courtyard into the center of the floor plate, promoting natural day light, ventilation and external workspace options for the team of thirty. A range of breakout and alternate workspace options are gathered around this courtyard, including a stand up hot desk area, a quiet room and a digital workshop space. Large operable glazed panels blur the edges between office and courtyard, while a retractable roof ensures the courtyard space is active year round.
A simple, stripped aesthetic reflecting the industrial context of the complex in Alexandria is balanced against the more domestic association of timber and green wall elements of the kitchen and courtyard spaces. It is great to see that the team has embraced the opportunities the design has presented, utilising the space for everything from dawn pilates classes to Friday night drinks.
This project is a refit of the original showroom space. The new design focuses on providing a flexible presentation space where our client’s software and hardware systems can be presented and demonstrated to potential customers.
Maximum flexibility was achieved through the use of reprogrammable digital screens, and an accessible modular floor system.
The evolving reuse of the property culminates with this final stage, the conversion of the original steel and concrete warehouse area of the building into additional office space for Coates Group. With warehouse functions outsourced to an offsite 3PL facility, the need for more local office space could now be met.
Our brief was to provide workspaces for an additional one hundred staff, including a breakout area where the entire staff of two hundred could gather. The challenge was to deliver a contemporary, healthy, efficient and beautiful work environment in line with the previous stages of this project without disturbing the ongoing operation of the existing facility.
In response to this brief, the existing steel portal frame and perimeter precast walls remain in place, and a new glazed façade is set back to invite light and air into the space and create an outlook courtyard. A new engineered mezzanine timber floor structure has been used in the design to allow installation with minimal disruption and reflect the company’s environmentally responsible corporate culture.
Development Consent was recently granted by the City of Sydney, and construction is planned for 2019.
29-31 Dunning Ave
Completed April 2019
This project is a new six storey residential flat building containing 26 apartments. Responding to the site geometry and aspect, the proposal consists of a long, north oriented building form set back from Cressy Street with a strong corner address, and a lower scale return along Dunning Avenue in response to the emerging streetscape character of that street.
The primary street façades are characterised by a strong masonry grid reflecting the forms of the apartments within, layered with screened glazing, and a combination of metal, solid and glazed balustrades. A two storey datum above street level is defined by a shift in the materiality and setback of the building over, referencing the scale of the existing street wall building opposite, and connecting with the emerging street wall character nearby. The Dunning Avenue façade consists of elements familal to Cressy Street, but with side and street setbacks responding to the form and amenity of the neighbouring building.
On the North Western corner of the site, a prominent curved element emphasised by vertical screening and a raised parapet level provides a strong address statement, completing the composition.
At street level, the balance between activity and privacy is achieved through the location of apartment entry courytards and common lobbies addressing the street, with carparking behind located under an elevated podium courtyard. This parking area, and the single basement carpark below, are both accessed from Dunning Avenue.
Common entries are marked by a masonry screened glazed façade both on the street and on the courtyard facades, which are further characterised by familial spandrel and glazed elements. The courtyard facades also employ strong contrasting yet complimentary colours, privacy and screening devices, integrated landscape elements and blurred internal / external boundaries to present an engaging and visually interesting building.
The proposal provides the primary active private and public external spaces as part of the elevated communal courtyard located over the car-park. This area combines a mixture of hard and soft podium landscaping, and includes the deep soil planting area for the site. The courtyard has been designed to provide equitable access that will promote social interaction whilst being respectful to current and future residents, and promotes a green screen to the neighbouring property courtyard. This arrangement promotes improved amenity for the external spaces, and allows both deep soil planted (passive) and paved (active) access.
to office space
Completed – 2014
A unique opportunity arose in 2014 for BMA to design a new office space located within an obsolete brewery facility being reimagined as a thriving 'creativity park' housing an eclectic range of creative, recreational and commercial uses in Guangzhou, China.
Presented with a high-clearance warehouse space peppered with large columns supporting 30m high silos over, BMA designed a mezzanine office facility as a series of circular elements arranged and suspended between the columns.
A palette of raw concrete and stackbond masonry, steel, curved glass and plywood was employed in the design, balanced against crisp white joinery and partitions
76 The Borough
DA approval – Sep 2015
Construction value – $15M
The Borough is a commercial industrial development project located close to the retail hub of Marrickville. The scheme consists of four distinct precincts with spaces ranging from 50sqm mini warehouses, through mid scale warehouse/office units, up to 700sqm hi tech industrial floor plates.
Branded ‘The Borough’, the project is best described as a community of boutique commercial work spaces designed with commercial presence and character in mind, occupied by a group of like minded small businesses.
BMA enthusiastically embraced this unique vision for the project, which challenges the typically pragmatic and pedestrian approach to the design of industrial workspaces. Our design consists of a two level complex of approximately 65 tenancies totalling 9,000sqm of floor space, with a robust architectural language of expressed steel, hardwood and concrete threaded throughout the project
Construction of the first stages of the project was completed in early 2018. BMA are currently engaged in the preparation of construction documentation for the final stage of the project, a 5 storey hi tech commercial building due for completion at the end of 2019.
Whale Beach NSW
This hilltop site with iconic ocean, headland and treetop views in all directions was clearly unique. The bones of the existing horseshoe shaped mid century italianate villa were sound, but to meet the brief for a flexible family home accommodating between 2 and 10 people at any time, a trusting client and some clever design was required.
A genuinely collaborative design process produced a design centred on reclaiming the ground floor living space from an overtly grand staircase. Circulation was organised by adding a new glass and zinc clad entry and stair element which also provides a clear address for the house. A new master suite occupies the top floor, opening onto a generous balcony with forever views across the Pacific.
The brief for this project evolved from a simple first floor extension to a full house renovation as our client’s circumstances changed. Our wholistic approach to this fluid design process allowed us to promote design opportunities outside the brief. Resolving fundamental space planning problems with the existing house also provided unexpected external living, daylighting and view capture benefits.
Construction of the home was completed in 2017.
Stage 1 construction complete 2015
BMA was first introduced to this project during the early stages of design development.
Since then we have undertaken construction documentation for Stage 1, Section 96 redesign work, and have begun concept design work on the next project stage, which includes approximately 220—250 apartments.
The project is part of the rapidly evolving medium-density housing precinct being delivered around transport nodes in Sydney.
This site has a prominent corner address, located on Cressy St and Mentmore Ave. A three-storey heritage listed stone building is located to the North of the site along Mentmore Avenue, and a single-storey heritage listed rendered masonry industrial building is located on the other boundary. Despite the presence of these heritage items, this area is undergoing rapid redevelopment into mid-scale, multi-unit residential flat buildings.
Two discreet buildings are set over a double-storey face brick masonry base, containing eleven terrace houses, and entry lobbies for apartments over. This masonry facade forms a strong base building, making reference to the solidity of the adjacent heritage buildings, but also employs finely detailed masonry screening and corner elements articulating the street wall at eye level. The terrace houses open onto an elevated central podium courtyard over located car parking and service areas, providing generous deep soil planting, communal recreation facilities and private courtyard spaces.
Above the brick datum sits a pair of four storey concrete framed and glazed buildings containing predominantly single-storey apartments, with some top-storey apartments connected internally to private roof terraces and mezzanine loft bedroom spaces. Articulated from the masonry base below by a deep shadow line, the expression of these building elements includes a crisp orthogonal frame with subtle shifts in the geometry, providing movement and variation to shadows cast throughout the day.
These long slim building forms promote a high standard of residential amenity and privacy through daylight access, cross ventilation and orientation, but also focus the outlook from living spaces onto the generous communal podium courtyard within.
28 apartments & terraces
The triangular site for this project has a primary address to Mitchell Road, and is surrounded by traditional terrace houses and low-rise residential development.
Our client's brief is for larger format, high-quality family accommodation. The project has been designed as a hybrid complex of 12 traditional terrace forms at street level and apartments that continue the dominant street wall pattern and scale, with one level of apartments above which are set back from the street façade.
Terraces address both Mitchell Road and the lane way, with a central, communal courtyard over deep soil-landscaped area in the centre of the site. The alignment, scale and proportion of proposed buildings are carefully integrated with the existing corner building, which has been internally redesigned as two apartments, and also marks a pedestrian entry point to the site.
A zero alignment is proposed for the street elevations to match the existing condition, although the street wall is not solid but has been designed as a filigree element that provides at once privacy and security for the residents whilst allowing for their activation and engagement with the street. This screen wall comprises terracotta, steel and hardwood timber elements framed by concrete party blade walls. The level 2 units have been proposed as large 3 bedroom penthouse apartments setback from the street, generous with roof terraces and landscaped areas.
The design of this house has evolved in response to our quest to find balance between immersion in the incredible beauty of its location, and the creation of a private and serene haven protected from extreme coastal weather, constant traffic and a steady stream of coast walk pilgrims.
Our brief was for a house that would adapt to suit the needs of a growing family and provide separate accommodation for extended family and friends. The design was to be timeless, deferring to the spectacular beauty of its place rather than trying to dominate it. Also fundamental to a successful result for our client were the project goals of embodying the best of sustainable building methodologies, and futureproofing the house through implementation of the most current digital technology.
Acknowledging the obvious natural beauty of the place, the risk for us was that the house would become a ‘one liner’, greedily grabbing at as much view and floorspace as possible. Instead, we have focused on the experience of the house as a series of moments aside from the view; from the moody secret cellar deep in the basement, through daylight washing across the upper floor surfaces through strips of low level glazing, to the wet edge pool wall lit at night terminating the vista through the house.
On a good day, the experience of this site from sunrise to sunset is mesmerising. But conversely, the southerly coastal weather can be brutal, with big seas and strong winds dousing the site in highly corrosive salt spray. With longevity in mind, all structural and enclosure elements have been selected from those with a proven maritime pedigree. Above the sandstone base, therefore, reclaimed hardwood sits alongside high performance glazing units and hi-tech composite fibre roof panels. There is no exposed steel, and virtually no paint.
The three storey house sits above the street on a sandstone clad podium, and is anchored by a beautifully textured off form concrete blade along the northern boundary. Aside from blinkering the house from the neighbours, all services and vertical circulation elements are located along this edge. This has the effect of the rest of the house seeming transparent, and allows living spaces to fold around the core of the house and take best advantage of the outlook which stretches from the MacKenzies Point to the northeast around to Bronte Baths to the South.
These living spaces are flanked by a large terrace to the east and a pool courtyard which extends the family living space inward. Privacy and protection to this court are provided by the bulk of the guest suite which is located on the site’s western boundary. A layered façade of glazing and operable screening blurs the facade line, inviting connection with the sunshine, breeze and beautiful views. But the same façade also battens down for privacy and protection from the elements. The interior of this level is characterised by the grain and patina of natural timber, stone and concrete finishes, and a palette of soft aquatic blues and greens.
The bedroom level, where three bedrooms are arranged around a skylit stair, is characterised by natural daylight and crisp white finishes. Above these rooms floats a single plane fibreglass and carbon fibre roof which tapers to an impossibly thin edge.
When architecture is defined by the clarity of simple ideas executed perfectly, success lies in mutually respectful collaboration between the owner and their project manager, a passionate architect, experienced structure and services experts, a skilled and patient builder, and dedicated and skilled trades staff. This house is a rare example of what can happen when that formidable team is presented with an opportunity such as this.
Allambie Heights NSW
Northen Beaches renovation
The design of this project is a result of true collaboration between client and architect. From the very first dining table discussions over our initial scribbles, the clients were actively involved in design decisions from the overall arrangement of the site to the detailed resolution of joinery and internal finishes.
The layout of spaces in the house is focused on the provision of refined, crisp, loose fit living spaces that have the capacity to adapt to the changing needs of the growing family for a long time to come.
The design reflects the clients strong connection with the Australian desire to live on the verandah, alongside a love of natural day lighting and connection with the bushland reserve adjacent. This has resulted in blurred edges between the interior and exterior living spaces, expressed through bifolding glass walls, banks of louvre windows, and many skylit openings in the roof.
The house also celebrates high quality design and craftsmanship, evidenced by the beautifully crafted internal stair joinery, insitu polished concrete benchtops, a handmade hardwood slab outdoor dining table and hand laid stone garden walls.
The result is a truly unique home with a strong sense of its place along an urban bushland fringe, infused with the passion and personality of the owners in every room.
Little Bay NSW
Completed – 2013
Our brief for this project was to modify and complete the architectural and interior design of a partially constructed house designed by others.
Our brave client purchased the site with the structure and enclosure work mostly complete, but with fundamental space planning issues remaining unresolved. BMA were able to identify design opportunities that better connected the house with its spectacular environment, working within the constraints of the existing construction to rescue and complete the design.
The completed design celebrates the way Australians live, focusing on generous daylight, fresh air, blurred boundaries between inside and outside living spaces, and materials that weather quietly into the landscape.
BMA worked closely with consultants, authorities, the builder and our client to navigate a path through a complex approval and certification process, delivering a timeless and contemporary sanctuary for our client to enjoy.
Stanmore courtyard house
Inner West renovation
Our brief for this Inner West alterations project was for a first floor addition and ground floor living space improvements for a growing family. The site is in a heritage conservation area with a predominantly single storey streetscape, and the land falls away to the south at the rear of the property where an existing garage addresses a rear lane.
Our design strategy focused on wrapping the living, dining room and kitchen spaces around a new courtyard, optimising daylight access to the south facing living room and including the courtyard as an extension of the living space. A new cantilevered playroom hovers over the courtyard providing weather protection to the operable living room facade. This dramatic element is part of the first floor addition, the remeinder of which is built within the existing roofline, so the house presents as a single storey heritage facade to the street.
A palette of rough sawn timber, metal cladding and structural steel characterises the external expression of the house, referencing the industrial heritage of the area. And, we really enjoyed seeing the owners add their own personality to the project through the selection of interior colours, finishes and furnishings.
BMA were approached with a brief to refine, document and deliver the architectural design of this project consisting of 105 apartments alongside a suite of other BMA designed projects currently at planning approval stage for the same client group. www.livstyle.com.au
Using the DA stage Architect's design as a solid foundation, BMA has focused on optimising the project outcome through resolution and rationalisation of apartment planning, design and presentation of materials and finishes, refinement and resolution of external facades, coordination of the development of structural and services systems, and realisation of the external access concept.
With two buildings addressing a dual frontage to both Rothschild Avenue and Mentmore Avenue, the design of the complex is characterised by in-situ and profiled precast concrete facades, integrated vertical landscape elements and privacy screens, and private rooftop terraces.
Alterations to Bronte Terrace.
BMA was engaged to refine and develop an approved design for alterations to a small semi detached house in Bronte. While the front of the house remains predominantly intact, a new split level kitchen, dining and living pavilion opens onto a courtyard and plunge pool, completely transforming the home.
Our design strategy to lower the living room floor level promoted seamless connection with the rear plunge pool courtyard, and created a beautifully daylit living space with generous ceiling height. Smart joinery design defined the transition between living and dining spaces.
Once the amended design had been approved by Council, BMA completed the project documentation, and then administered the building contract on behalf of our client. Construction was completed in 2015.
Prompted by the site conditions, this project was quickly named ‘Mt Coogee’, as it rises 26 metres from the street boundary to the back fence. Our brief on this challenging site was for a new five bedroom home to be delivered within a very short design and construction programme of 15 months. With this in mind, BMA suggested testing the potential for a house designed under private certification (CDC), avoiding the slow and uncertain DA process through local council.
Close collaboration with both the preferred builder and certifier during the early design stages gave our client confidence to maintain momentum on the project, resulting in planning and construction approvals being in place within four months.
The house consists of a masonry base supporting steel framed, lightweight clad elements above. Five floor levels follow the contours of the site, and are cleverly stepped so that the house is never more than two storeys high at any point. At the heart of the house, the blurred edges of the living, dining and kitchen spaces are wrapped around a private, sundrenched pool courtyard. The top storey consists of a guest and master suite, where a fully glazed facade allows the drama of the landscaped cliff face behind to be enjoyed in complete privacy.
The success of this project lies in our commitment to a positive and rigorous interrogation and application of the CDC controls to arrive at a unique and uncompromised design solution that could be delivered within the required timeframe.
1—3 Haran St
New residential building
DA assessment underway
This site is located within the Mascot Station precinct, with a prominent corner address to both O'Riordan St and Haran St. Immediate neighbours consist of a thirteen-storey building to the North which seriously compromises the outlook and solar access potential of the subject site, and a nine-storey building on the neighbouring site to the west. The site has a strip of vegetation along both street frontages established with the existing industrial development on the site.
The presence of six-storey buildings forming a consistent and well defined street edge to O'Riordan St has been taken as a primary cue for the design, with the lower part of the proposed building set at a six-storey datum, wrapping around both frontages of the site and enclosing a communal courtyard space at ground level.
Above this datum, a tower element sits above a waisted floor on a twisted axis, articulating the two primary elements of the design, promoting outlooks past the neighbouring building to the north, and presenting a strong address to the street corner. The tower is set back from the street wall in both directions to promote better solar access to the apartments, but also to improve separation between the subject building and the neighbouring buildings in all directions to acceptable distances. The proportion of the tower is accentuated by employing predominantly vertical elements, while privacy and shading are provided by targeted use of screen elements and punched openings in solid façades.
As the design evolved, the orientation and arrangement of the residential spaces was sculpted and finely tuned to maximise solar access, cross ventilation and outlook amenity to the living areas of these apartments.
In 2014, BMA were engaged to provide design modification services to an existing development application on this site. The scheme was conceived as a row of terrace houses addressing a pedestrian link between streets and a low rise apartment building with high quality large format apartments addressing the street. We worked within the existing DA envelope to amend and refine the apartment and townhouse configurations internally, and to redesign the external expression of all buildings, which are now characterised by fine edge steel detailing. We were also engaged to develop interior design concepts for the apartments. BMA were not involved in the construction documentation and delivery stages of the project, but it is great to see our design work delivered with such clarity and attention to detail.
Chicago ILLINOIS, USA
Completed early 2019
This is an adaptive reuse of a brick and timber warehouse building for Coates Group, an Australian digital signage company. BMA initially assisted with the site selection, and then produced a detailed concept design for a ground floor showroom, and workspace facilities for the team of one hundred staff.
BMA collaborated closely with a US architecture firm who were responsible for local compliance, approvals and tendering of the works. We were also engaged in the selection of furniture and other interior elements.
Our design celebrates the generosity and raw grain of the existing brick and timber structure, with crisp new elements inserted in contrast. The ground level gallery showroom is linked to the office floor over by a dramatic double height space. The open office space on level one is characterised by task specific workstations, collaboration and breakout spaces, and executive offices.