Dock4 is a progressive and responsive Australian architectural practice with Melbourne and Hobart offices. We work across a range of project types and scales, principally in Tasmania and Victoria, including government, hospitality, single and multiple residential projects, mixed use developments and shop and interior fitouts. A wide interest in the world also involves us in Urban Design, Furniture Design and assisting community organisations. Our vision: “To create a positive experience for the users of our buildings”
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Malcolm Creek PreSchool extension
An additional Preschool room, with a new foyer and staff facilities, extending an existing one-room Preschool attached to a Primary School This new extension negotiates an awkward site between the pre- and primary school buildings, with a difficult north-west orientation. The new childrens room opens up into the existing room with an art area at the junction, encouraging and supporting interaction and team-based learning for new educational philosophies. The solution is a simple lightweight steel-framed structure, with wide column-free outdoor learning verandahs joining the light, airy and voluminous new childrens room to the outdoor play areas. This contrasts with the huddle of low suburban house-forms of the surrounding buildings, reflecting perhaps a morecheerful approach to providing public facilities.
Pilgrim Coffee Cafe
Dock4 in association with Will Priestley and Island Workshop, completed the extension of the existing Pilgrim Coffee shop, connecting the existing Argyle St cafe to the new Liverpool cafe/restaurant via a centralized kitchen. Pilgrim Coffee Extension – Australian Institute of Architecture 2014 Winner “With an adventurous client, the architect has provided critical design moves in direct correlation with a very tight budget. The design cues embody a necessity for restraint to expose the curious and fascinating histories, whilst capitalising on this unlikely group of intersecting spaces within inner city Hobart. It is an exercise in knowing what to leave, what to focus on and what to do away with. The ambience of the residual space is unparalled anywhere in Hobart City. The jury celebrates this unique client – architect relationship and looks forward to seeing the future stages of the project towards it’s completion”
The Bakes renovation located in suburban Melbourne is a set of internal spaces to satisfy a growing family. The existing 70’s house had issues of poor circulation and internal planning. The house renovation resolved these issue by relocating the kitchen to the new extension and creating a lobby which acts as circulation hub to the bedrooms and family areas.