A trip down memory lane

Our first studio at the now demolished (then empty) 383 George St in the centre of Sydney. Scheduled for demolition, we were the only inhabitants of this 8 storey office building right in the centre of Sydney, opposite the iconic “Strand Arcade”. The studio was shared with a number of young creatives all starting to do things ‘our way’.

After being shortlisted in mid-2014 in a major urban renewal competition (Green Square Aquatic Centre + Gunyama Park), in collaboration with Kevin Liu we formed “TYP-TOP Architecture Office” and took our second studio space (1 of three we would inhabit) at the GAFFA Artist’s precinct on Clarence St in Sydney. Collaborators were Shuang West and Wenray Wang in this little space – just enough for the four of us to get through a 3 month 2nd stage of the competition.

After 6 months we moved downstairs in GAFFA, to the ground floor arcade. With 2 full-height shopfront windows into our office, we were always on display and people could see the day-to-day of a small architecture office. These rooms had brick-arch ceilings and were originally police lock-up cells, with the original building a state-heritage listed police station. Ben Li worked with us in this space on a number of commissions and competitions (Bamiyan Cultural Centre)

Still in the GAFFA building, we moved out to the street-front behind a huge arched window into TYP-TOP’s last office space. Again on display to the passersby of Clarence St, we were joined by Leanne Noh and Angela Kurmann, working on projects and commissions and having coffee delivered (dangerously) to our desk by the neighbouring cafe. We built a mezzanine to access a tall library wall.

In 2016 after an 18-month partnership with Kevin Liu, TYP-TOP Architecture Office disbanded. We moved into a shared office space with SCALE Architecture (www.scalearchitecture.com) and became SUPERCONTEXT. We were joined by Leanne Noh, Colette Hortle, Alexander Jones and Amelie Devaux.

After 1 year in the Oxford St shared space, in 2017 we’ve relocated to 117 Reservoir St, Surry Hills, a space with the opportunity to support our growing practice as we look for new projects and opportunities.