Collins Caddaye Architects
Our practice exists to pursue high quality and innovative design outcomes on each project irrespective of size, complexity or cost. We have a mix of Canberra’s most talented architectural staff who work co-operatively and collaboratively on all design projects. We have, in recent years, been recognised by our peers through RAIA awards for producing interesting and elegant designs. Our architects philosophically pursue sustainable, green and affordable solutions to each task whilst creating warm and light filled people orientated spaces, appropriate to their context.
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Bonython Community Hall
Bonython Community Hall provided an exciting opportunity to create flexible, multi use spaces that could cater for various community needs. The architectural manifestation of the project has played upon the decision to provide two halls. Each hall has been treated as an extrusion perpendicular to each other and separated them by a light filled glass entry space which allows a legibility of form, differing relationships to external spaces and acoustic separation. The larger hall reaches to the north with a fully glazed end elevation allowing deep penetration of sunlight. The smaller hall provides a more private setting by connecting the internal spaces to a semi enclosed outdoor space created by the rotated extrusion. The internal timber aesthetic is continued externally in the form of recycled timber boards divided by black steel framing.
Borambola Conference Venue
Wagga Wagga, 2008
Sited in the Riverina district, east of Wagga Wagga, the conference venue embraces the shade of an ancient red gum, bounded by a billabong seasonally supplemented by flows from the Murrumbidgee River. The building represents as a contemporary interpretation of a shearing shed aesthetic; with a rhythmic meld of robust materials; responding to age and weather – delineated and expressed with the programmatic functions. A sophisticated shelter providing a corporate retreat, an occasion or a moment of solace.
The design outcome reflects the client’s desire to retain a heritage residence whilst transforming the house to accommodate a contemporary and outdoor lifestyle. The architecture responds politely by the use of off form concrete and black steel elements dispersed around the existing house. The opening up the northern and rear fa’ade allow the residence to engage the pool and outdoors. The other minor elements of carport and gazebo complete the composition. The whole is at the same time, both understated and startling.