Collins and Turner Architects
Collins and Turner is an architectural practice with a track record of design excellence. The practice undertakes a diverse range of projects, each with a common emphasis on innovation in design, sustainability and value for money. Penny Collins and Huw Turner each gained over 15 years of experience working in Europe with important architects including Foster and Partners and the Richard Rogers Partnership, creating some of the most outstanding buildings of recent years. Collins and Turner have a portfolio of award winning and published projects achieved through close collaboration with their clients.
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Bellevue Hill House
Bellevue Hill, NSW, 2007
The original house on this site on a prominent site in Bellevue Hill, was an eye-catching confection of pale pink walls and mock Georgian windows. Alterations and additions to the house retained 90% of the original walls and added a new storey. Precise lines of newly rendered walls give the house a striking and clean appearance. Window apertures were retained, given high performance glazing, along with bronze toned window surrounds and external venetian blinds. These improve the thermal and acoustic performance of the facade, and afford the occupants much needed privacy. Cross ventilation through the building is improved by the judicious addition of wall and roof openings and ceiling fans, thus eschewing the need for air conditioning. New landscaping provides the owners usable outdoor living spaces and more privacy and the foliage and its shadows play off their crisp white backdrop.
Mosman, NSW, 208
The project is a substantial renovation of a 1930 cottage, into a contemporary home for a family with teenage children. The re-modelling includes the addition of new upper floor as well major landscaping works including a new garage and pool. Internal planning is organized to maximize dramatic views east towards district and harbour views. The extensively glazed eastern facade is protected by a series of projecting prefabricated sunshades, expressed as an abstract cluster of picture frames which serve a variety of functions including composition of views, privacy, reduction of solar gain, and the creation of an abstract articulation to the linear building form.
Two Houses at Boomerang Beach
Boomerang Beach, NSW, 2000
At Boomerang Drive, two houses are sited along a sand-dune facing the beach. The houses are siblings, related by a common architectural vocabulary and palette of materials. They share their site around a central courtyard divided by an elevated lap-pool and low screen wall. Constructed in off-form concrete, tallowwood and zinc, the pair are designed to age gracefully in their coastal environment, becoming a collage of weathered surfaces like those found on nearby beaches. Like geological strata, the buildings transform from the urban street context with solid concrete at the lower level, to more relaxed levels closer to the beach with timber cladding, topped by lightweight zinc and glass pavilions. The living level and upper floor are linked by stairs and a dramatic double height spaces bringing daylight and breezes into the heart of the houses. Internally, the materials are beautiful yet practical in their beach-side location: concrete floors with timber ceilings overhead, bronze toned, timber based, panelling and carrara marble to the service areas. The long clean lines of the internal spaces embrace the external environment through large format movable glass doors. The project has fulfilled the client’s brief for generous accommodation and high quality materials. whilst managing to present as modest structures to the beach. The dedication of the client and the builder to the project is evident in the result.