Derek Raithby Architecture (DRA)
Derek Raithby Architecture (DRA) is a Sydney based design studio specialising in residential, commercial and education developments. Our design philosophy is realised through a collaborative approach of the design team, client and other consultancies to ensure a successful outcome for each and every project. Our success is a result of our innovation in design through careful planning, cutting edge technology and a willingness to think outside the square to provide an architectural solution that not only fulfils the client and architects vision but also the functional reality of the endeavour.
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Wahroonga Preparatory School
Wahroonga, Sydney NSW Australia, 2010
The Commonwealth Government’s Building the Education Revolution (BER) programme motivated the School to move forward its plans for expansion, fulfilling crucial needs for additional classrooms, library together with music and art rooms. The aims and objectives of the design brief included the need to ameliorate and enrich the School environment primarily for the children that inhabit the space; to adaptively reuse the school building while having minimal impact on the heritage significance of the Church and hall complex and its setting, bringing together a history of renovations into a cohesive aesthetic. The adapted building should respect and retain the heritage significance of the group while adding a contemporary layer that provides value for the future.
Wahroonga Sydney NSW Australia, 2006
A large family residence which embraces its suburban setting. The project plays on a juxtaposition of built elements, the floating roof forms, heavy masonry walls and glazing are placed together to define this contemporary residence.
Sydney Australia, 2009
The prestigious facility includes 19th Century Victorian styling requiring meticulous attention to detail and selection of sophisticated internal finishes. Club facilities include formal dining, members’ bar, library, reading rooms, gym, accommodation suites, cellar, kitchens and club administration. All Club areas including front of house and service zones were required to undergo refurbishment over time. Spatial arrangement of both member and service areas also required replanning to suit the Club’s changing needs. Our role encompassed a broad range of activities including project evaluation, strategic planning, program and project management, selecting and managing contractors and consultants together with contract administration. We worked in partnership with the Club to offer specialised services according to each project to ensure continuity of Club services, minimum disruption and a high quality finish in all areas and aspects of the Club facilities.