McGregor Westlake Architecture
MWA is a design focused office interested in a range of project types, including Apartment Buildings, Houses, Public Space and Art Projects. Under the guidance of Practice Director, Peter McGregor, MWA has won a range of design awards, from the Institute of Architects, the Institute of Landscape Architects, the Planning Institute and others. MWA has also been a team member of winning consortiums for several competitions including the inaugural emerging architects competition set up by the RAIA, the Olympic Village Competition and the Jacaranda Square Competition by SOPA.
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Apartment Building Bronte Road
Charing Cross, 2010
19 apartments and 2 shops in three buildings are sited between the very busy Bronte and Carrington Roads. 2 of the buildings are fine+finger like at 4.5metres wide and form a protective wall to the larger central courtyard building. Whilst each of the edge buildings contains a shop + 2 levels of apartments with roof terraces, the central 4 level building contains a further 15 apartments. All terraces and living areas within this building face north to the protected courtyard and garden. Designed as infill building fabric, both street elevations pick up on the building form of the historic post office which marks the corner. Double order fenestration and double order concrete balcony elements frame a double order face brickwork relating proportionally and material wise to the corner.
Set on the Copacabana beach front, the house sits nestled and protected behind the sand dune shaped heath. The ground level formed in concrete, stretches the full length of the block and contains bedrooms, bathrooms and a garage. It forms a plinth to the lightweight pavilion above, which opens up high to the northern light and low to the southern weather and views. Light, shade, air, views and privacy are managed by sliding timber shutters, slide away doors and a retractable awning, all of which provide a dynamic foil to the concrete mass below.
Sydney Olympic Park, 2008
This project was a collaboration with Deuce Design + Aspect Studios for an invited competition at Sydney Olympic Park. The brief required the design of a new public square to sit at the centre of the development of a new mixed use town centre. Our winning concept was based on the idea of the ‘Everyday Stadium’, which provided historic continuity with the heroic Olympic legacy, whilst forging a “play” for an new idea about the everyday life of the place. Importantly the diagram of a stadium also provided the morphology of the 3 primary elements, edge seating, green “playful” centre and dynamic sheltering canopy. A street defined low wall of seating framed an inflected asymmetric centre, in order to connect the station towards the town centre beyond.The radial geometry of the station section was reflected into the radial and ovoid plans of the shade structure, cafe and primary green space, creating a unified urban whole. Colour was used to create a rich vibrancy in what was an under developed scaleless place