36 Doody St
Completed – 2013
36 Doody Street is a commercial office and warehouse project designed as an extension to the existing industrial facility on the site for Coates Signco, a local 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.
Our 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 office and presentation spaces 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.
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.
76 The Borough
DA approval – Sep 2015
Construction value – $15M
This project consists of a broad range of new commercial, industrial and hybrid spaces located close to the retail hub of Marrickville.
76 The Borough consists of four distinct precincts within the complex, with spaces ranging from 50sqm mini warehouses suitable for individual business, creative and boutique industrial uses, through to large hi-tech industrial floor plates.
A robust architectural language of expressed steel, hardwood and concrete is threaded throughout the project, promoting the development of a strong, clearly identifiable brand for the project.
Whale Beach NSW
This hilltop site with iconic ocean, headland and treetop views in all directions was clearly unique, and the bones of the horseshoe shaped mid century italianate villa were great, but to meet the brief for a flexible family home which could stretch and shrink to accommodate between two and ten people, a trusting client and some clever design were required.
A genuinely collaborative design process evolved onto a design which reclaims the primary ground floor living space from an overtly grand staircase, and connects a new kitchen and breakfast dining room to the easterly ocean views. The ground floor horseshoe plan shape focuses on the courtyard as a valuable protected external living space now contained by the raised pool edge, and a new glass and zinc clad entry and stair element provides a clear address for the house. This element also connects the new master suite and retreat above which opens onto a balcony with forever views across the pacific, balanced by filtered treetop sunset views to Pittwater.
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
This design of this house has been about finding a balance between immersion in the incredible beauty of its location, and provision of safe haven from extreme coastal storms, salt air and busy public spaces.
Our brief was for a house that would adapt to suit the needs of a growing family with accommodation for extended family; a timeless and honest design respecting the spectacular beauty of its place rather than competing with it.
The two storey house sits on platform of Sydney stone, and is anchored by a solid masonry wall to the north. A layered façade of glazing and operable screening opens the house up, inviting connection with the sunshine, breeze and beautiful views. But the same façade also battens down for privacy, and protection from the elements.
Marine tested technologies such as a reclaimed hardwood structure alongside hi tech composite fibre façade panels define the exterior expression of the building, while the interiors are defined by the grain and patina of natural timber, stone and concrete finishes.
The living space is flanked by a large terrace to the east which captures ocean views from Tamarama to Bronte, and a pool courtyard that extends the family living space inward. Privacy and protection are offered to this area by the guest suite located on the site’s western boundary.
Upstairs, three bedrooms are arranged around a skylit stair hung from the northern blade wall, and take best advantage of the views, aspect and cool seabreezes, while a simple roof plane floats overhead.
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.
Stage 1 construction due
to be completed 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.
The site is a prominent corner address, located on Cressy Street and Mentmore Avenue with a three-storey heritage listed stone building located to the north of the subject site along Mentmore Avenue, and a single-storey heritage listed rendered masonry industrial building 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.
The proposal consists of two discreet buildings set over a two-storey face brick masonry base, containing eleven terrace houses, and entry lobbies for the apartments over. This masonry façade forms a strong base for the proposal, making reference to the solidity of the adjacent heritage building, but also employs finely detailed masonry screening and corner elements articulating the street wall at eye level. The terraces open onto an elevated central podium courtyard over the car parking and service areas which provides generous deep soil planting, communal recreation facilities and private courtyard spaces.
Above this brick datum sit a pair of four storey concrete framed and glazed elements containing predominantly single-storey apartments, while some top-storey apartments are connected internally to private roof terraces and mezzanine loft bedroom spaces. Articulated from the masonry below by a deep shadow line, the expression of these building elements consists of a crisp orthogonal frame with subtle shifts in the geometry providing movement and variation to the shadows cast. 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 one level above the street.
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.
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.
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 client purchased the house with the structure and enclosure mostly complete, so we focused on refinement of the internal space planning, connection between internal and external spaces, and detailed design resolution and coordination across the project.
Navigating a complex approval and certification situation, BMA worked closely with consultants, authorities and the builder to deliver the project.
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.
Stanmore courtyard house
Inner West renovation
The brief for this alterations project was for improved living spaces with great natural light for a growing family. The site naturally falls away to the south at the rear of the property and is in a heritage conservation area with a predominantly single storey streetscape, so our design took advantage of this level change to wrap a new high clearance living space and an eat in kitchen around a new courtyard. A new cantilevered playroom over provides weather protection to the living room below. From the street, the addition is incorporated into the roof form, offering only small glimpses of what lies beyond. We really enjoyed seeing the owners add their own personality to the project through the selection of internal colours and furnishing of the project.
– Jan 2016
Construction value – $5M
Amalgamating three residential sites on the fringe of a rapidly evolving medium density area, this project consists of 15 new townhouses over a common basement. This arrangement allows the dwellings to be arranged around common landscaped areas.
A palette of face brick and timber wall cladding, metal screens and carefully integrated landscape elements promote individual identity, privacy and amenity to the buildings.
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.
BMA is currently working closely with the Client, a full consultant team and the builder to refine, resolve, value engineer and document the project ready for a modification to the approval, with construction scheduled to commence in early 2016.
Alterations to Bronte Terrace.
BMA were engaged to refine and develop an approved design for alterations to a small semi detached house in Bronte.
While the front of the house remained predominantly intact, a new split level kitchen, living and dining pavilion now opens onto a courtyard with plunge pool, completely transforming the house.
The generous volume of the split level living space is flooded with natural light and connects seamlessly with the courtyard and the secret wine cellar below.
Clever joinery and furniture selection are integral to the success of this space.
In July last year, BMA were introduced to a couple who had recently purchased a site for their new home in Coogee. They quickly nicknamed the site Mt Coogee, because it rises 26m from the street boundary to the back fence.
Our brief on this challenging site was for a new 5 bedroom home, and with a very short design and construction programme of 15 months in place, we suggested testing the potential for a house designed under private certification (CDC) on the site, avoiding the potentially slow and uncertain DA process through the local Council.
While we had undertaken residential alterations under a CDC previously, we quickly learnt that a shift in our approach to new house design was required.
In the CDC approval environment, there is no flexibility, merit assessment, interpretation or negotiation regarding the application of controls. There is a box for everything, and every box needs a tick.
While site and brief analysis were still an important part of the process, our initial design response was driven by the applying strict CDC height and setback control envelopes to a digital terrain model, and then sculpting the available space within these constraints to address the brief.
As the volumes of the house evolved, other challenges including a maximum height of two storeys at any point, limited excavation depth, and floor area controls were considered and incorporated into the design.
Close collaboration with the preferred Builder and Certifier during these early design stages gave our clients confidence to maintain momentum on the project, and within four months, planning and construction approvals for the home were in place, and construction had commenced.
For BMA, 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.
Construction of the 320sqm house is now complete, consisting of a concrete and masonry base supporting steel framed and lightweight clad elements above.
Cantilevered over the street level garage and glazed entry, the first floor bedrooms address the street.
At the project's heart, the blurred edges of the living, kitchen and dining spaces are wrapped around a swimming pool courtyard.
A separate stair leads to the guest and master suites above, where the fully glazed facade allows the drama of the landscaped cliff face to be enjoyed in complete privacy.
This project is a new residential flat building consisting of 26 apartments. The site geometry suits a long, north oriented building form set back from the side boundaries with circulation and service functions focused to the south, and the primary communal open space along the site’s northern edge.
The primary street façade is characterised by solid masonry spandrels with screened glazing, and profiled precast concrete vertical elements accentuating the geometry of the street wall. Deep cut balconies and the shifting geometry of the wall planes utilise sun shadow to give the street façade depth. Acknowledging the vertical proportion of this façade, the top level is set back from the street façade, breaking down the scale of the building.
Strong masonry elements bookend the building at the side boundary interfaces, and return onto the southern façade which is characterised by familial spandrel and glazed elements, along with the lift and stair cores servicing the building. The northern façade is therefore characterised by living space glazing, screening and balcony elements.
The subject site is located in Alexandria on the corner of Power Ave and Brennan Street, with a public access laneway to the South. The site is located opposite Alexandria Park and has predominant West aspect.
The proposed design seeks to replace the existing warehouse building with a new residential flat building largely within the same envelope.
This area is undergoing rapid redevelopment into mid scale multi unit residential flat buildings. The proposed building responds to the existing mixed use context as far as is possible but more importantly will act as a catalyst for future development in the area, providing a sensitive and appropriate built form in consideration of that future context.
The proposal consists of a single four storey building with a primary westerly address to Brennan Street, over a single storage and service basement. The proposed building footprint occupies the full extent of the site, and is organised with circulation and services along the northern boundary.
To provide relief to the street wall built form, the building is characterised by undulating ribbons of solid and glazed balustrades anchored at each corner return with fully clad walls. Vertical Louvre blades and deep horizontal windowsills further punctuate the facade and provide sun shading and privacy for residents.
The top storey is set back with a unifying roof edge casting a deep shadow onto the facade, and the ground floor level is elevated above the street to allow visual privacy to living spaces. Communal open space is located at the roof level to take best advantage of solar access and local outlook opportunities.
A palette of materials characterised by strong colour, visible grain and contrast to clear glazed elements have been selected to further accentuate the facade relief geometry.
The proposed building provides a positive environmental, social and economic outcome for the site and the area, and should be a catalyst for development of the adjacent sites.
Considering the less than optimal size and orientation of the site the proposal provides a high level of residential amenity through the appropriate orientation of apartments, the arrangement of living spaces relative to available solar access, and the provision of cross ventilation to a large proportion 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.