A home for a family who enjoy living amongst their accumulated objects that have been collected over time.
Rather than hide everything away, a system of open shelving provides a perimeter framework to be filled with the various utilitarian and nostalgic paraphernalia that accompanies each room.
These shelves wrap through the section to form the structure that supports floor and roof.
Year: 2017 -
Location: Tempe, NSW
A new restaurant and entertainment precinct that inverts the prevailing internalised shopping mall experience, instead referencing the vernacular wrap around verandah to create an inhabited threshold between 2000m2 of internal retail space and a north-facing public square.
Documentation for tender is currently underway.
Year: 2016 -
Client : QIC
Location: Melton, Victoria
A pair of pavilions commissioned by Lend Lease following a competitive tender process to be constructed in the centre of Darling Square, an exciting new precinct being constructed on the site of the former Entertainment Centre in Sydney. The project has been developed in collaboration with Kengo Kuma and Associates, who are the architects of the adjacent market hall and library building, and landscape architects Aspect Studios.
Year: 2015 -
Client : Lend Lease
Location: Haymarket, NSW
A mixed-use scheme comprising eighty six apartments and ground floor retail.
The apartments are planned as a slender continuous band that wraps around three open air cores. This strategy delivers an efficient plan with cross ventilation and access to sunlight for every apartment.
Year: 2017 -
Client : Podia
Location: Arncliffe, NSW
The Campfire Table makes reference to the timeless ritual of human gathering.
The base is made using a single length of solid timber, cut into three equal lengths. A simple geometric joint allows the three identical elements to pack flat and assemble without additional fixings.
The Campfire Table has been recognised with several awards including The Edge Commercial Design Award at The Australian International Furniture Fair and an Australian DesignMark in 2005.
The Campfire Table is held in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Awards: Australian Designmark, Australian International Design Awards 2005.
Exhibition: Permanent State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2009.
Produced by: Roethlisberger Kollection, Switzerland for Europe and North America.
Available in: Australia through Anibou, Designfarm and Innerspace and in New Zealand through Thonet NZ.
A masterplan for a seniors living village consisting of 118 houses and community centre on a hillside site overlooking Lake Macquarie. The planning of the site introduces a hierarchy of circulation, with four large blocks surrounded by a defensive ring road and Asset Protection Zone that enables fire truck access for defence from potential bushfires. Within each block a shared permeable driveway allows for communal activities and creates a network of accessible pathways between all corners of the site.
Off-site prefabrication of the housing units allows overlapping schedules and a compressed construction programme. The apparently organic arrangement of residences is a result of working to create level front door access along accessible pathways while existing levels. This minimises earthworks and maximises the retention of existing trees and native habitat.
Location: Belmont, NSW
This warehouse conversion creates a flexible three bedroom residence within the raw concrete shell of a 100 year old car assembly factory. The space was stripped back to reveal the original concrete structure. A finely crafted steel frame is then inserted to support a series of flexible rooms, with movable glazed partitions opening onto a central shared double height space.
A finely crafted timber-clad addition to a traditional semi-detached home. The design responds to the constraints of the narrow site by taking every opportunity to expand each room to the outdoors. An unexpected courtyard balcony is created by expanding the master bedroom into the existing roof form. The staircase punches up to create a window to the sky in the centre of the plan. The edge of the living room is pushed out to the fence to utilise the full width of the site.
Location: Bronte, NSW
Photography: Peter Bennetts
Shortlist, Houses Awards, Alterations and Additions, 2017
Shortlist, Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter, Residential Alterations and Additions, 2017
Remodelling of an existing brick house to create a set of interconnected living areas on the ground floor that open to the garden beyond, with a private second storey addition opening onto its own elevated garden.
The existing pitched roof and eaves are removed to reveal the orthogonal brick shell of the house. A new first floor addition is installed as an elongated box that opens onto a new roof garden along the entire northern side. A bedroom is placed at each end to capture views of the harbour skyline to the west, and Bondi Beach to the south. A central void creates a light-filled living room in the centre of the house. The expressed steel structure on the western elevation frames the opening to the garden and ties old and new elements together, while capturing operable blinds and awnings to moderate the afternoon sun.
Location: North Bondi, NSW
This fit-out for Endeavour Drinks Group creates a new multipurpose events space for 500 staff within a heritage-listed building in Surry Hills that was originally designed for Readers Digest. The project makes explicit the idea of the interior fit-out as distinct and separable from the architecture, in recognition of the fact that tenants and functions will change over time. Previous additions were removed and the heritage brickwork was carefully restored. A lightweight, tensioned cotton cord lining is then introduced to wrap the heritage interior, ‘monumentalising’ the architecture by emphasising its volumetric features, while lightening the whole space, improving acoustics and screening first floor office windows. This permeable veil allows views through to the heritage brickwork and detailing, and provides partial concealment of services such as air conditioning, lighting, alarms and sprinklers, while allowing them to operate through it.
Location: Surry Hills, NSW
Photography: Peter Bennetts, Kasia Werstak
Winner, Workplace Design Award (National), Australian Interior Design Awards, 2017
Winner, Best of State Commercial (NSW), Australian Interior Design Awards, 2017
Commendation, Heritage Adaptation, Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter, 2017
Commendation, Interior Architecture, Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter, 2017
Conceived as auxiliary accommodation for an existing holiday house, these prefabricated cabins are an extra bedroom or studio space, without bathroom or kitchen, enabling simple relocation around the site over time.
The structure is conceived as a movable “window”, a habitable threshold that allows different relationships with the surroundings. The different size and nature of its openings (front, sides and top) and the relocation possibilities make the cabin a relational device able to support an ever-changing experience of views, sounds, activities and climate of the site.
The cabins are prefabricated to completion at a factory in Sydney, before being transported to site. The design has been developed closely with the engineers to allow a reversible installation that does not require any permanent foundations that would be left behind when the cabin is moved.
Location: South Coast, NSW
This pavilion for the courtyard of the IVY on George St in central Sydney was commissioned as a new, central undercover area to become the best seats in the house for watching Pacha performances on Saturday evenings.
The intervention is conceived as a device “to see and to be seen”. Wrapping around the existing staircase with a set of thin structural ribs and a transparent roof, it maintains crossed sight lines through it and becomes visible from all sides and from above.
It also allows programmatic transformation, becoming at other times a permanent stage for the venue.
The structure was prefabricated in the factory and installed on site over two days. The construction is reversible: completely freestanding, it doesn’t require any attachments to the existing building.
Location: The Ivy, NSW
A social and cultural platform for the community, the pavilion is designed to intensify the use and experience of the outdoor public setting.
Located on the Goods Line, the site is an empty patch of grass 8 meters wide and 50 meters long. Rather than constructing an internal enclosure at one end, a slender structure is proposed down the entire length.
The structure forms a frame for a series of activities that spill onto the grass. It provides places to sit, a coffee cart, lighting, power and other infrastructure to create a venue for the staging of both curated events and organic public engagement.
The pavilion enables nearby institutions, local community and individuals to ‘plug in’ and curate events that engage the public at various scales, ranging from an informal spontaneous lunch gathering to a curated event that fills the entire structure.
The platform becomes the backdrop for an abundance of urban activities that change throughout the day, through the seasons and oscillating between planned and informal. The true nature of the pavilion emerges through use and participation.
Location: Ultimo, NSW
A stacked duplex is converted into a single residence within the existing two-storey double-brick envelope. A series of careful cuts to the walls, floor and roof create a continuous ow of spaces from the entry and garden, up a stairwell filled with light from a large skylight above to the living areas on the upper floor, which look out over the landscape. Each of the seven new openings in the building are treated differently. An expansive clear opening to the rear garden is created by replacing the existing bi-folding timber framing with a single piece of glass that slides out of view on an external steel track. A finely crafted steel staircase winds up through a spacious opening in the floor. A skylight over this void spills light throughout the house. Over the kitchen bench a large fixed glass window brings the nearby trees into the room, while a small square winding casement window over the stove draws fresh air. Finally, the original sunroom has been fitted with a series of mechanical steel pivot windows that dramatically open the corner of the room to the valley of Manly, Sydney Harbour and the Pacific Ocean.
Completed as Archer Breakspear by Tomek Archer and Toby Breakspear
Location: Manly, NSW
Photography: Peter Bennetts
Poly is an interior pavilion commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, following an invited competition process. Conceived as a collective pavilion, it is both one and many. The pavilion is made up of a series of protective but outward-looking hooded structures that can each be moved to create an ever-changing social formation for various events and activities.
Poly: Tomahawk // Archer Breakspear, 2014
Commissioned by: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney 2014
Photography: Brett Boardman, Kasia Werstak
A comprehensive masterplan for the front of house areas for Belvoir St Theatre, including the public foyers, box office, bars and street frontage. The project rationalises and expands catering facilities from the main foyer into other front of house areas to improve amenity and activate the street frontage, while opening up the main foyer for extended programming uses. A large permanent awning and signage upgrades to the street frontage reinvigorate the identity and public presence of the building, opening the activities of the theatre to the street and local community.
Completed as Archer Breakspear by Tomek Archer and Toby Breakspear
Location: Surry Hills, NSW
The late 20th Century saw a trend towards bigness in institutions and architecture. In the last 10 years we have witnessed some spectacular failures of both. Must complex programs inevitably result in big buildings? Is it possible to create architecture that is more connected, more effective, more contagious?
This project is a prototypical scheme for the deployment of a contemporary arts institutional program as a catalyst to engage an entire precinct. In selecting a site, the temptation to present a formal relationship to harbour or major public open space is avoided in favour of a five-hectare block on the working city fringe. The programs are exploded into components and compressed against the existing buildings and diverse activities of a city block. Over time, the entire block becomes engaged. The scheme maximizes activity by minimizing architecture, restoring faith in the city to invent its own stories.
Archer Office has been appointed by Waverley Council as lead consultant for the proposed adaptive reuse of The Boot Factory, a heritage listed building located in the heart of Bondi Junction.
The new Allan Border Oval Pavilion will form a vital part of this sporting and community destination in the heart of Mosman. Archer Office was engaged following a competitive public tender process and has been working closely with Mosman Council and multiple stakeholders since early 2017.
Initial studies for Council involved a detailed analysis of functional requirements and an evaluation of the existing facility to determine an appropriate direction for the project. A series of options were explored, ranging from adaptive reuse to a new build.
The new building consolidates multiple requirements into a single, shared community facility that addresses both the traditional built context and the technical requirements for a contemporary sporting venue.
The project received planning approval in September 2019.