Chester & Chester Architects
CCA is a Melbourne based practice offering sustainable design excellence across the disciplines of Architecture, Interior Design, and Project Management. With a capable team, the practice strives to generate innovative and environmentally sensitive design solutions. The office of Max Chester Architects was established in 1964, and in 1992 Craig Chester Architects was formed, with Craig as the sole director. In recent times the practice has been renamed Chester & Chester Architects “CCA”. Craig fills the role of Managing Director and Max Chester, with his wealth of experience, makes a substantial contribution to the practice as a consultant.
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Ivanhoe East Primary School
Ivanhoe East, Victoria, 2011
The school received two new purpose built structures. Firstly a new sports and performing arts addition to an existing gym facility, including a multi-purpose hall, music classrooms, community education rooms, canteen, and after hours care areas and renovations to the existing gym. Secondly, a new two storey building designed to accommodate a library on the ground floor and classrooms opening onto a break‐out space on the upper floor. The functions of the performing arts wing are incorporated either side of a central circulation spine common to the two floors, that leads to the existing gym, which was renovated. Both buildings were to form the northern and southern boundaries creating a U-shaped outdoor space that has always been the heart of the school, and the rooms enjoy views out onto this area. The use of red brick ties the additions into the existing school buildings, whilst the contemporary forms and inclusion of new materials including white glazed brick define the buildings as new additions and gives the buildings their own identity.
Northcote, Victoria, 2012
The project consists of 91 units located on the 4700sqm site of the former Northcote Bowling Club. The dwellings, which include a mix of one, two and three bedroom units, are divided into two nodes of apartments and one node of townhouses. The separation of the mass allows for permeability across the site, creating internal “streets” and communal barbeque and landscaped areas, and the arrangement ensures apartments have maximum natural light, ventilation and views. Timber‐clad hoods give definition to the forms and sun protection to the apartments. The reaches a maximum height of four storeys, and also includes a basement carpark.
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
Amaroo, ACT, 2005
A new church was designed for the Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School in Amaroo, ACT. The procession of entry is created by a brick collonade, lending permanence and order, and allowing one to enter the building with such sentiments. A crafted timber and plywood truss ceiling shapes the internal space and imbues warmth and interest. The building forms part of an 8 stage masterplan for the school.