Architectural Projects Pty Ltd
Architectural Projects has been providing Architecture, Heritage and Urban Design services for over 25 years. Their work has been acknowledged in Australia and internationally. The practice actively encourages the discussion of architecture through magazine articles and has authored and featured in various publications. Active involvement in various twentieth century conservation groups has resulted in the presentation of papers, and participation in group and solo exhibitions, both within Australia and overseas. Past experience has included projects in Venice, Canberra, Kosciusko, Hobart, Sydney, North Sydney, Manly/Queenscliff, Parramatta, Newcastle, and the Southern Highlands.
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Dungowan, designed by the eminent architects Ross & Rowe, warranted its protection and restoration. The current project was ultimately realised because the new upper level apartments were used to secure funding for the project’s conservation enabling the heritage significant fa’ades and interiors to be restored. The building structure was stabilized, and importantly, the building envelope was be restored, reconstructing architectural details which had been progressively removed since 1930s. An accurate restoration of the building facades was possible due to the Rose Morgan pre-1924 postcard, which dates from the key period when the ground floor was occupied by the Restaurant de Luxe and Paramount Pictures on the adjacent site. Reconciling the new and the original was seen to be an important part of the interior design concept. The existing ground floor entry and existing upper level foyers were retained insitu and restored to their original colour scheme. The foyers were then enhanced by contemporary furniture, lighting and artwork, which related to the contemporary new floors over. The interpretation of the building was achieved primarily through the retention of original fabric and through a public art programme.
The existing 1960s nine-storey flat building occupied a spectacular location on the cliff-top overlooking Queenscliff Beach. The building was in need of significant upgrades. The first stage of the work involved the conversion of the penthouse to two units. The project expanded to include a review of the on grade car park and steep ramp to provide an excavated car park with increase capacity, secure access and improved amenities. The relocated on grade parking allowed the conversion of the ground level to provide a double-sized ground-floor unit with a private garden and a glazed pavilion/ car space. The design of the three bedroom two level apartment responds to the orthogonal grid and logic of the central service core with three distinct zones – the formal living, the master bedroom wing and the bedroom wing which reveal selected views. The space is articulated by overlapping textural surfaces of polished plaster (stucco lucido), slabs of profiled timber (legno interrotta), sheets of translucent glass, travertine and copper. The patina of the finishes reflects the texture of the sand and rock below. The glass, green translucent and clear, evokes the watery sensation of the beach. Aligned timber volumes slide past perpendicular articulated white volumes (Malevich architectons). The grid of the plan and the tiles become a defining geometry. Finishes are controlled in their location and placement, giving the impression of calm simplicity – one that is luminous, reflective, translucent and ethereal. The series of horizontal ceiling and floor planes with walls of glass emphasises the spatial continuum to the exterior and provides a sense of horizontal infinity.
Prince Albert Street
The project involved the expansion of a house which was inspired by Scandinavian modernism. The mid-twentieth century house is located in the listed federation suburb of Bradley’s Head Mosman. It was the sense of light and the relationship to the site which appealed to the owners .The distinctive Y-shape plan, flat roof, stone walls, angled glazing with northern orientation, curved internal timber screen, external boarding and painted brick work of the existing house were absorbed into the new project. The original pinwheel plan, with its pivot point around the entry, was reinforced and continued into the rear extension. Blue tile infills hint at the changes to the original character. New timber screens introduced the concept of a forest of columns that links the forecourt to the rear courtyard through the interior. The screens, meanwhile, provide an ambiguity of enclosure and differing levels of transparency creating a continuous, sinuous space. Externally, the existing paths were enhanced to create a promenade around and through the house. This promenade extended through the upper level and to the outside terrace where one of the ultimate goals of the project – the view across the landscape to the distant city skyline is revealed.