Richard Cole Architecture P/L
Richard Cole Architecture is a small design focussed practice on the northern beaches of Sydney. We specialize in high end residential and small commercial projects all over NSW. Our aim is to deliver an excellence and rigour in design, documentation and construction that will enable our clients’ aspirations to come to fruition.
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Bluff Farm House
Upper Hunter Valley, 2008
A new residence in the beautiful countryside of the Upper Hunter Valley seeks to capture the strength of singular gesture. The site sits on a grassy terrace overlooking a river and faces north up the spectacular valley, next to an old Eucalypt. The sleeping areas are contained within encasing precast concrete walls. The lightweight steel framed roof creates a massive living space opening to the terrace and view. The essential concept of the house reflects the way in which the owner has always used this place: setting up a table on the grass under the shade of the tree. Bluff Farm House has been published in Belle magazine and Houses magazine. The project has been selected as one of sixty houses worldwide to be featured by Braun Press in Switzerland in the upcoming book “Masterpieces – Country House Architecture + Design”.
Avalon Beach, 2010
The Hilltop House was the winner of the national and regional 2010 Australian Timber Design Awards for new residential buildings. This house located on the steep slopes above Clareville Beach in Pittwater is surrounded by Spotted Gum Forest. The compact steel framed house featuring Blackbutt timber framing and Jarrah floors and joinery responds to the slope by terracing down the hillside. Low pitched roofs, wide eaves and large windowseats create a horizontality that echoes the western foreshore and screens sun from the western orientation. The owners wanted a contemporary dwelling in the tradition of the crafted cottages of the Pittwater area. With its precisely detailed and constructed structure and joinery, modest size and vernacular materials, this house is an embodiment of that idea.
Sydney CBD, 2006
PPB are a recognised accounting firm who were looking to expand and reinvigorate their company. They asked our firm to create a fresh new fitout at the new premises of their company in the MLC Centre in the Sydney CBD which represented and incorporated their stated aspirations and ideals. The organisational hierarchy of the fitout is generated by two central ideas: a circulation “street” around the core of the building, and clustering the office spaces at the chamfered corners of the building, thus opening the general workspaces and “living” areas of the fitout to the long strip windows along the sides of the building. This maximises natural daylighting and the sense of openness and space. The “street” provides access to casual meeting areas, library, filing, storage and service areas. The “street” provides the opportunity for chance encounters and cross pollination throughout the company.