24/04/2019

Paddington Terrace Renovations, Sydney: new ensuite bathroom with pink tiles, painted heritage brick and puppy (what else?) Photos by @adammadigan Adam Guy Madigan

17/04/2019

Scenes from a Korean Restaraunt: On a strange site sandwiched between highway, residential and industrial areas (but itself zoned only for industrial) this infill building is a purpose built Korean restaraunt in Sydney's west. But with little relevant urban form or built context to which to respond, what does a Korean BBQ joint in western Sydney look like?

12/04/2019

SHORTLISTED! Some great news to end the week; our recently completed project, Paddington Terrace Alterations and Additions, has been shortlisted in the Houses 2019 awards program! Supercontext has also been shortlisted in the Emerging Architectural Practice category, alongside talented colleagues from Sydney and abroad. We’re humbled by the shortlisting and thank Houses for this opportunity and the awards program – it’s amazing to sit alongside and be part of the incredibly talented architectural profession in Australia. To be recognized for creating something of quality in a world that is making it harder and harder to produce buildings that contribute to our lives positively is an honour and only spurs on to try harder the next time! We’ll be sharing more photos of this project in the coming weeks so stay tuned! Congratulations to all other shortlisters and see you at the party … Photos by Adam Guy Madigan @adammadigam

12/04/2019

Our entry to the 20th Annual Redford Gardens Festival (Jardin de Metis) in Quebec was called "Vertigo"; a modified topography through a simple tilted ground plane provided a sloped surface to roll down. It celebrated a simple pleasure; that of playing, rolling aroud and finding the space in the contemporary urban city to experience a landscape of 'play'.

09/04/2019

Scenes from a Korean Restaraunt: the lobby to the restaraunt sits somewhere between the kitsch, the luxurious and a transplanted Seoul eclecticism.

05/04/2019

Paddington Terrace Renovation: Existing fireplaces c. 1900 retained and refurbished (3 working from the original house)

02/04/2019

Scenes from a Korean Restaraunt: Sitting adjacent an urban creekway prone to flooding and faced with Sydney's increasingly stringent flood-planning regulations, this purpose built Korean restaraunt sits a metre and a half above the site, on a field of piers (stilts!) to allow water to pass under it in flood events.

29/03/2019

Our entry to the 20th Annual Redford Gardens Festival (Jardin de Metis) in Quebec was called "Vertigo"; a modified topography through a simple tilted ground plane provided a sloped surface to roll down. It celebrated a simple pleasure; that of playing, rolling aroud and finding the space in the contemporary urban city to experience a landscape of 'play'.

26/03/2019

Some great news to start the week: our recently completed Giraffe Early Learning Centre – the adaptive reuse of a disused state-heritage listed electricity substation on Sydney’s Northern Beaches – has been shortlisted for the Dulux Colour Awards 2019. We’re honoured to be considered for this award and congratulate all shortlisted entries (and aren’t quite sure our shortlisting wasn’t a mistake or email typo…)! Over the comings weeks we’ll be featuring more content of the project, but here are some of the first snaps showing how colour is used throughout the project to create links to the heritage building, the suburban context, and internally to create a range of spatial feelings for the child care environment. Featuring ‘millennial pink’ ductwork (what else) and a range of bold colours employed diagrammatically to make clear planning and spatial logics, we use colour in our projects purposefully. While sometimes making it harder to photograph, we feel colour is an important part of the contemporary architect’s toolset and that we need to broaden our understanding of how it relates to children’s educational growth, Australian light and more broadly, how it can be employed as a tool of contemporary Australian architecture. Look forward to sharing more photos of the project with you shortly – after 3 years it’s been a mammoth effort for our first major project. Photographs are taken by the talented Adam Guy Madian @adammadigan

23/03/2019

Our entry to the 20th Annual Redford Gardens Festival (Jardin de Metis) in Quebec was called "Vertigo"; a modified topography through a simple tilted ground plane provided a sloped surface to roll down. Where the ground plane lifted up, a subterranean space hidden from the everyday allowed retreat and even a bit of voyeurism ...

20/03/2019

Studies for a future 'industry 4.0' precinct in western Sydney; wide span structures are rapidly disappearing from our cities as we densify and rezone industrial land. Maintaining open, free-span structures is critical to reintroducing manufacturing, making and production into our cities.

17/03/2019

Glebe Alterations and Additions: After the obligatory rounds of 'back-and-forth' with local councils, our Glebe terrace renovation is about to start on site, expanding a single storey terrace into a 3 bedroom house for a growing family.

13/03/2019

Our “Superrock” belongs to the tradition of gigantic Australian objects. Gigantism is a fundamental aspect of Australian culture - the big banana, the big prawn, the big pineapple and now the big rock. Bigger is better, better is bigger. But Gigantism is on its way to extinction - fallen afoul of our new urban sensibilities; something for the country, the crass, the touristic. Yet Gigantism is where architecture becomes both most and least architectural: most because of its monumentality; least through the inability to judge it. Through size alone, the Superrock enters an amoral domain, beyond good and bad architecture. Gigantism is necessarily fake. In its engorged proportions the Superrock embraces and reveals its fake condition as a strange hybrid from a post-natural environment: it is both artificialized and renaturalized; picturesque and classical. Gigantism is always kitsch. Robin Boyd would have hated the Superrock as it is not only fake but also kitsch. Luckily for us, he is dead. We cannot think of a better to way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth than to celebrate the best of the Australian ugliness. The Superrock is the ultimate Australian gesture - beautiful! Never ugly. With @guille_pik of @gfa2_architects

09/03/2019

St Clements Church Hall Alterations: Balancing a fine line between an existing '70s retro fitout and contemporary aesthetic. How to keep some of the now desirable bits-and-bobs in an otherwise contemporary overhaul?

06/03/2019

Paddington Terrace Renovation: Marble benchtop on the kitchen island ("Arabescato")

02/03/2019

With @guille_pik of @gfa2_architects. Another failed entry to the NGV Pavilion competition.

27/02/2019

Glebe Alterations and Additions: To meet strict privacy provisions to prevent overlooking into neighbouring backyards, the rear (western) facade is a multilayered composition of vertical and horizontal hoods, timber batten screen and operable windows behind to maintain light and airflow while obscuring views in and out in this dense urban area.

20/02/2019

Scenes from a Korean Restaraunt: Collage is dead - long live animation! In trying to imagine the life of this proposal for a Korean restaraunt in Sydney's western suburbs we have begun exploring how animation, sound and filmic techniques can aid our understanding, design and communication of architecture.

17/02/2019

The ten meter tall Superrock is rough from a distance but moving closer a series of strong geometrical insertions qualify the entrance, offer a seating area, and inside create spatial transitions that filter light into the monumental space. Simple platonic geometries (a cylinder, four rectangular prisms and a pyramid) shape this apparently natural rock generating a tension between the natural and the artificial. This tension continues through the material palette, counter-balancing the obviously fake outer skin of faux-rock to the luxuriously false marble veneer highlighting the strategic cut-outs that partially unveil the construction technique. With @guille_pik of @gfa2_architects. Another failed entry to the NGV Pavilion competition."

12/02/2019

"Superrock"" was a gigantic rock that nestled into the garden; a familiar but strange found object. With @guille_pik of @gfa2_architects. Another failed entry to the NGV Pavilion competition.