Archive | July, 2011

‘Undeniable Beauty’ of "House in Country NSW" wins 2011 Australian House of the Year.

19 Jul

01A The exterior of the house of the year winner by Virginia Kerridge.

01B The interior of the house of the year winner by Virginia Kerridge.

Architect Virginia Kerridge’s ‘House in Country New South Wales’ has been named the Australian House of the Year during the gala presentation of the2011 Houses Awards on Friday 15 July at Melbourne’s Plaza Ballroom. Presented by Houses magazine, the Houses Awards are one of the country’s most sought-after architectural accolades.

‘House in Country New South Wales’ was chosen as the year’s outstanding project by a jury ofeminent architects and designers who are themselves recognised for creating inspirational Australian homes, including Brian Zulaikha (Tonkin Zulaikha Greer), Camilla Block (Durbach Block Jaggers), Paul Owen (Owen and Vokes) and Kerry Phelan (Kerry Phelan Design Office).

Judges said that the ‘House in Country New South Wales’ demonstrates a complete commitment from an architect and client to creating a distinctively Australian residential architecture. A contemporary architectural interpretation of the Australian colonial idyll, Kerridge has intuitively embraced the legacy of history, creating an elegant yet beguiling utilitarian house that truly captures the spirit of the place.

“Its beauty is undeniable,” the jury’s comments enthused. “Set against the towering mountain ranges that define the valley site, the architectural expression of this sprawling farmhouse is simultaneously fragile and monumental.” Jury members particularly noted the project’s roof form.

“Scaled to the landscape and designed to heighten our experience of its mass and drama, this folded-plane skillion floats across, gathers together and nestles up, creating rooms, connections and spaces with engagingly ambiguous levels of enclosure and function,” read the comments. “The relaxed atmosphere of the country verandah is referenced through planning, materiality and effortless occupation.

”Each year the Houses Awards provides a unique insight into contemporary residential design and the contribution Australia’s architects and designers make to enhancing the way we live today. As winner of the Australian House of the Year Award, Virginia Kerridge receives a $5,000cash prize and industry recognition through a range of media. Winners of individual categories each receive a prize of $1,000 and all Awarded and Highly Commended projects will be presented with a certificate and use of the Houses Awards logo for promotional purposes.

“The Houses Awards program offers a unique opportunity to celebrate Australian residential architecture,” says Cameron Bruhn, Houses magazine’s Editorial Director. “The peer-judged awards recognize achievement through categories that reflect the way architects and designers are shaping Australian homes.

”Houses magazine is Australia’s leading residential architecture magazine for designers and their clients. It is endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects and the Design Institute of Australia.

Image copyright, source-

Category winners:

WINNER: Anthony Gill Architects, Potts Point Apartment, NSW
High Commendation: Jason Gibney, Bronte Apartment, NSW

02 The Potts Point Apartment displays a cheerful atmosphere in an urban setting. The redesigning of the small apartment included the need for transforming a 38 square meter crib into a space filled with light and joy.

JOINT WINNER: Virginia Kerridge Architect, House in Country NSW, NSW
JOINT WINNER: James Jones/HBV Architects, Trial Bay House, TAS
High Commendation: Anthony Gill Architects, Paddington House, NSW
High Commendation: Preston Lane Architects, Mount Pleasant House, TAS
High Commendation: Kennedy Nolan Architects, Stockbroker Tudor House, VIC

04 James Jones/HBV Architects, Trial Bay House, TAS

WINNER: Richard Peters Associates, The Shed, NSW
High Commendation: Sam Crawford Architects, Garrett House, NSW
High Commendation: Ian Moore Architects, Strelein Warehouse, NSW
High Commendation: David Boyle Architect, Burridge Read Residence, NSW
High Commendation: Allen Jack+Cottier and Terragram, Glass Loggia House, NSW
High Commendation: Steendyk, Treehouse, QLD

03 Richard Peters Associates, The Shed, NSW

WINNER: Donovan Hill, Z House, QLD
High Commendation: Wolveridge Architects, Hill Plains House, VIC
High Commendation: Fergus Scott Architects, Southern House, NSW
High Commendation: Fiona Winzar Architects, Orange Grove House, VIC
High Commendation: Sally Draper Architects, Westernport House, VIC
High Commendation: Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, Florida Beach House, WA
High Commendation: CODA, Norfolk Farm, WA

05 Donovan Hill, Z House, QLD

WINNER: Tribe Studio, House Shmukler, NSW
High Commendation: Domenic Alvaro, Small House Surry Hills, NSW
High Commendation: Insite, Base Camp, VIC

06 Tribe Studio, House Shmukler, NSW

WINNER: Terragram and Allen Jack+Cottier, Garden of Ghosts, NSW
High Commendation: Eckersley Garden Architecture, Mulberry Cottage, VIC
High Commendation: Taylor Cullity Lethlean, Jane’s House and Garden, SA
High Commendation: Domenic Alvaro and 360 Degrees, Small House Surry Hills, NSW

07 Terragram and Allen Jack+Cottier, Garden of Ghosts, NSW

WINNER: Tribe Studio, House Shmukler, NSW
High Commendation: Andrew Maynard Architects, Ilma Grove House, VIC

08 Domenic Alvaro’s futuristic design (Small House Surry Hills, NSW) was highly commended in the Houses Awards.

09 Elsewhere- This year’s Wilkinson award for residential buildings went to Marsh Cashman Koolloos Architects’s designed house at Darling Point.


Metro Plaza Central- Latest rumblings from the Haymarket.

18 Jul

The UTS campus and the Haymarket area in general (including Chinatown) is emerging as one of Sydney’s demographic and cultural hot spots (Central Park, the Gehry building, etc, etc). Below is some info on a proposed multi-res development by Metroland on a long dormant site.

Metro Plaza Central, Haymarket

Haymarket, Metro Plaza Central with 15 levels of luxury residential apartments, (studios or one, two and three bedroom layouts). The lower levels will contain 3 floors of retail shops plus restaurants and underground parking.
Metro Plaza central will be diagonally situated across from UTS’ new Faculty of Business to be designed by Frank Ghery. Pre-sales and construction were expected to commence in September 2010 (stated on website).

This site has been used as a carpark since the ’80s. An old market Federation Warehouse style facade has been preserved on the corner. Many of these facades have been cleverly reused in the Haymarket area and have maintained the market character of the area (see below for examples).

I don’t think that the Metroland scheme actually deals successfully with the old facade element- in fact it is very difficult



75 Quay Street
2 basements
ground floor retail
10 storeys office
12th floor-plant
office space-26,300sqm +retail
carspace-62+ 82 public
developer-NGI management
Architects-Watermark Architecture & Interiors Pty Ltd
floor plate-U shape with full height internal void.
feature-incorporates 1912 brick facade

Image- Culwulla

Above- the original scheme.

An alternative design by the Smart Design Studio. Cor!


Also in the UTS area-

Beauty and science unite as UTS campus development unfolds

07 Jul 2011

In summary:

Building plans have been unveiled for a gently undulating building inspired by the organic forms of a tree grove, to be located at the heart of UTS’s city campus and to serve the evolving needs of the UTS Science Faculty
The design for the building was won by Sydney practice Durbach Block Jaggers, in association with BVN Architecture as part of a design competition held recently
The building will be part of the billion-dollar city campus masterplan.


Under new plans that have just been unveiled, a gently undulating building inspired by the organic forms of a tree grove will soon sit at the heart of UTS’s city campus.

The proposal for a new Thomas Street building by Sydney practice Durbach Block Jaggers, in association with BVN Architecture, was declared the winner of a design competition recently held by the university as part of its visionary City Campus Master Plan.

The Thomas Street Building will mainly service the Faculty of Science, said Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne. However, its position overlooking Alumni Green, the university’s principal open space, means that the building will also have an important civic role to play.

“The architects have proposed a building with a sensitive, human-scale character,” said Professor Milbourne. “The design responds to the vibrancy of campus life while also ensuring that we have the facilities we need for ground-breaking teaching, learning and research.”

Professor Milbourne believes the sensitive character will be exemplified by an organic undulation of the façade overlooking the campus’s Alumni Green and a subtle variation in the grid of windows to envelop the structure. At ground level, colonnaded arcades will connect the Green to both Thomas Street and Jones Street.

Internally, the architect’s proposal maximises the amount of floor space available to the university while also creating large, flexible floor plates that connect to the neighbouring, existing Science Building.

“A key challenge was to reconcile the seemingly clinical function of the building with its position at the edge of the university’s inner sanctum,” said Durbach Block Jaggers principal Neil Durbach. “Creating an animated façade similar to a tree branching was one strategy but we worked hard to ensure this didn’t compromise the technical requirements of the building nor its green credentials.”

As a science-focused facility, the building will feature dry labs, servicing disciplines such as physics. It will also connect to the existing, adjacent UTS Science Building. Other functions proposed for the building include general teaching spaces, lecture theatre and social spaces such as a café at ground level.

The undulating frontage that overlooks Alumni Green is four-storeys high, stepping up to a linear five-storey frontage along Thomas Street. A green roof will sit on top of the Alumni-Green-facing top floor, providing the university with additional open space that could also be used for Science teaching and research.

UTS will now engage Durbach Block Jaggers and BVN to develop a concept design based on their winning proposal for UTS approval. During this design development process, the architects will work closely with the university, including the Faculty of Science.

An eight-member competition jury chose the winning proposal from a pool of seven entries by Australian architects. These seven architects were selected to participate in the design competition following a nationally advertised, open Expression of Interest process.

The university anticipates commencing excavation of the site towards the end of 2011 with construction starting around mid-2012. The new facility will be open in time for the 2014 academic year.

Durbach Block Jaggers is a small office of eight, whose work has won many state and national architectural awards including the Robin Boyd, Harry Seidler and Lloyd Rees Awards.

BVN Architecture is one of Australia’s largest architectural practices. They were the authors of the UTS City Campus 2020 Master Plan. Durbach Block Jaggers and BVN Architecture have collaborated together many times.

The Thomas Street Building is one of the new buildings proposed under UTS’s City Campus Master Plan, a $1billion transformation that will redefine UTS and Sydney’s southern CBD.


Historical Notes


Governor Bourke decided in 1834 to move traders in hay and grain to a site next to the new cattle market in Campbell Street, Sydney.  This area became colloquially known as Haymarket.  Governor Bourke’s decision to allow the market to stay open until 10pm on Saturdays marks the real beginnings of what we know today as Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets.

By 1842, when the markets came under the jurisdiction of Sydney Council, the Saturday Paddy’s-style market was well established

Paddy’s Markets

The origin of the name Paddy’s has been in use since at least the 1870s.  It was most likely “borrowed” from England.  The Irish area of Liverpool had a well known Paddy’s Market and what went on in the empty block opposite the market sheds was in essence the same as our original Paddy’s.

A Paddy’s Market was an open air affair, a mixture of merry-go-rounds, sideshows, saveloy sellers, farmers with produce and animals for sale, second hand dealers, craftsmen and members of the rag trade.

Thomas Street

Field House and Thomas Street is named after Thomas and Herbert Field, two brothers who emigrated with their families in 1885 from Kent, England.  The two brothers found their niche in the fresh produce market and developed a booming business in the heart of Sydney’s trade centre.  By the time of World War 1 the Field brothers controlled one-third of Sydney’s wholesale meat business.  By 1931 T. A. Field Ltd had grown into a meat and pastoral empire, with headquarters in Thomas Street, Sydney, and interests extending throughout eastern Australia.

During the great depression the Field brothers opened their doors to house the governments Outdoor Relief and Stores Department.  This Department carried out major assistance to the needy citizens of Sydney by providing basic dietary requirements.  Over the years, economic and natural disasters placed immense pressures on the resources, reaching a peak when in 1930 over 10,000 people were assisted each week and 3,705 tons of food was distributed over the year.  The location of the Thomas Street premises being so close to Central Station meant that an Outpatients Department and Dispensary also operated there 7 days a week until the mid 1950’s.

Recent inner-city developments- CBD Low/Mid Rise (under 10 levels)

8 Jul

01- Cheese Grater (Architects- Allen Jack+Cottier)

Spunky new educational bldg DA as part of UTS (1 -3macarthur st)
cnr Macarthur st/bay sts
International Grammar School

02 15-35 chippendale student accommodation (architects- Silvester Fuller)

Here’s a render – looks better as a model. The architects (Silvester Fuller) are based in Australia, but I guess that doesn’t mean they’re not American. The owners of the building are American, however – it’s student accommodation for Boston University.
Original design from rising star TONY OWEN. Not half as good as what was finally built.

03- Belmore Park substation
The more I think about this one the more of a wasted opportunity this really is.
The 1918 Sydney hotel which was pulled down for current carpark.

04- New HQ for Google in Pyrmont- Workplace6. 6-Star Green Star-designed. (architects- Nettleton Tribe).

05- SUSSEX HAY CENTRE – 405-411 SUSSEX STREET, HAYMARKET (architects- Crone Partners Architecture Studios)

Demolition of the existing 5-6 storey buildings and construction of an 8 storey building with 2 levels of basement parking for 23 cars and lower ground supermarket, retail and restaurant at ground and first floors and 6 levels of commercial offices above.
It’s called the Sussex Hay Centre. You aren’t going to be happy with what they replaced, and what with (well I know I’m not, over 100 year old heritage lost!).

Here’s a Flickr website dedicated to what has been lost –

Here’s what the old 2 buildings looked like –

06- Dominion. 299 Forbes st, Darlinghurst. (architects- Group GSA)
At it’s highest point (about 30m down Burton Street), it’s about 29m from street level to the top of the lift overrun. At the corner of Forbes and Burton Streets it’s about 23m (7 storeys); at the corner of Burton and Bourke Streets it’s 24m (7 storeys).

A new Dominion to rise in Darlinghurst
8 July 2010

St Hilliers and Cbus Property have launched Dominion, a 110 luxury apartment development in Darlinghurst, Sydney.

The development is located on the site of the former Caritas healthcare facility, which St Hilliers acquired from St Vincent’s Hospital in 2008 with concept plan approval for a medium density residential and commercial development.

The triangular site is bounded by the famous Darlinghurst Gaol, now the National Art School, the NSW Supreme Court and the former heritage Darlinghurst Police Station.

The building was designed by Group GSA, with interiors by SJB Architects.

Architecturally, the approach has been to create three new buildings unified on a contiguous sandstone base, which wraps around the site and is in keeping with the historic surrounds. The base houses around 1,000 sqm of retail and commercial areas.

The Bourke, Burton and Forbes residences are low-rise buildings which feature an architectural profile of steel, glass and louvres and floating roofs. Four apartments housed within two adapted heritage buildings retained on the site blend heritage features and contemporary style.

Utilising the large frontages and stepped unit façade layout, over 90 per cent of the units are cross-ventilated.

The development as a whole aims to achieves a 5 star NatHERS environmental rating.

Construction of the development is expected to commence in December 2010 and will take 18 months to complete.

07- ‘Eden’ 19-31 Goold Street, Chippendale: (Architect: Tony Owen)

On a sadder note, a new DA is in for 19-31 Goold Street, Chippendale, and those terrific swooping and swaying lines of the rear of the building have been ‘rationalised’ into something much straighter and more conventional and much less interesting. What grey cardigan’s bloody idea was that?! 8 storeys 26 apt.

08- EastExchange. The extension to the old East telephone exchange at 320 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst.
Developed by Maygood Australia.
A 1923 stripped classical style public works building designed by E.H. Henderson.

09- Luxe Apartments in Woolloomooloo. The site – currently a hole – sits between Sir John Young Crescent and Crown Street.
A large hole in the ground on the site of the former Sydney Eye Hospital in Woolloomooloo is set to become twin seven-storey apartment blocks (has been gathering puddles and graffiti since the late 1990s).
Developer- Investment group FKP. The new $95 million blocks will be called Luxe and contain 77 apartments with an average price of $1 million.
The buildings were designed by architects Marchese Partners International and modified by Krikis Tayler Architects.

10- DA in for Student Housing, 1 Regent Street, Chippendale.
DA submitted 2007.

11- Glass box atop Louis Vuitton’s new flagship store, on the corner of King and George. (architects- Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp).
Formerly The Blacket Hotel. Developer- Kingvest Pty Ltd.