Kennedy Associates Architects
Kennedy Associates Architects is a multiple award winning architectural and urban design practice based in Annandale, Sydney. The practice has a collective history of over 1000 projects ranging in value from $100,000.00 to $50m and offers services in all areas of urban design, public, residential, retirement, child care and community architecture. Our client base includes, government departments, local councils, religious organisations, community organisations, private developers and private individuals. Kennedy Associates are recognised as industry leaders in the integration of sustainable principles and practices in architecture.
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Mt Annan Botanic Garden NSW, 2008
The Bowden Centre is a new education building at Mt Annan Botanic Garden, providing indoor and outdoor learning spaces and their supporting facilities and is the first permanent building for the garden. The AIA awards citation for the centre states: “The building is impressive on a number of levels: form, sustainability and siting. The strength of the building form belies the modesty of the budget, providing a strong presence while remaining welcoming. Its siting captures a natural amphitheatre for teaching. The quality of the primary spaces is achieved with a minimal palette of simple materials, well resolved and detailed with care. The reuse of materials from the original portable classroom was both sustainable and inventive and the environmental agenda is at the leading edge for passive systems and water capture and reuse. This is a simple, elegant, intelligent and beautiful building that demonstrates the important role architects play in solving basic problems and elevating the response so that it is not only functional and sustainable, but delightful. The building sits so calmly in its setting that it has a sense of inevitability.”
Palm Beach House
Palm Beach NSW, 2009
This house is about the cliff, the cave and the ocean. The house is located on the hillside at Palm Beach, looking north towards Pittwater. The scheme inserts the house into the hillside in a manner that evokes its setting – steep slopes, rock outcrops, projecting ledges and overhanging canopies, and which also celebrates the wonderful views and aspect, especially to Lion Island. The house is designed as a series of platforms with heavy rectilinear stone and concrete masonry encasing in its lower levels and raking zinc cladding enclosing the upper levels. The house is arrived at via a long and steep path that winds around it and delivers guests at its centre. This is the point of entry, a vast platform stretched across the site around which all activity rotates and offering a series of unusual juxtapositions, such as the swimming pool cantilevered out over the hill and the kitchen opening into the rock outcrop behind. Below, the lower levels of the house are contained, internalised, muscular and cave like. Above the spaces are light, exposed and external in character. Circulation occurs on the edges of the building, requiring occupants to constantly re-engage with the house and surrounding environment.
The Clovelly House
Clovelly NSW, 2004
The Clovelly House is a three bedroom, south facing semi-detached residence, with in-ground pool and off-street car parking, in Clovelly, an inner city suburb of Sydney, Australia. The house was designed to meet the very specific spatial and accessibility needs of the client with ambulant disabilities. The Clovelly House meets best practice in both urban design and environmental design within a complex and constrained site and brief and demonstrates a model for the integration and management of an open plan format with thermal and acoustic comfort. The house incorporates a range of innovations beyond the normal approaches of passive solar and environmental design, including a vertical ‘green wall’ grey water treatment system, the first of its kind in Australia. The house has received international recognition, including several prestigious awards, for its achievements in integrating sustainable principles and innovations within a strong modernist architectural language and, in particular, for its outstanding performance in water management on a 234 sqm site.