Established in 1976, SJB is now one of Australia’s most highly regarded design firms. Incorporating the disciplines of architecture, interior design, town planning and urban design, SJB now operates from offices in Melbourne and Sydney. SJB Architects approaches design in an integrated way and strives for relevance on every project. We are proud to be able to demonstrate consistently strong leadership and a reliance on teamwork that promotes both good design and effective delivery. The broad body of work undertaken by SJB Architects ranges from large-scale urban development to more intimate residential buildings and reflects a significant contribution to Australia’s built environment.
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Port Melbourne, 2002
The historic character of the original Joshua Brothers Distillery buildings on the site for ‘id Apartments’ provided not only an iconic image for the development, but also a reference for the design of the new buildings that have rejuvenated this pocket of Port Melbourne. Recognising the existing context, SJB Architects’ design approach was to site four buildings around a central, shared courtyard space with pool, recreation areas and a lush tropical landscaped setting. Along Pickles Street, the historic facade has been restored and the original window openings now sit adjacent to new glazed openings, forming an active street edge and offering views towards St Kilda beach.
CBW, on the corner of Bourke and William Streets, is one of the largest recent developments in the city of Melbourne. This landmark project has revitalised a neglected part of the city, incorporating two major office towers within an innovative urban retail precinct. There is clear distinction between the two buildings but they speak the same language. The larger tower, 181 William Street, is clad in a rich palette of coloured glass inspired by the dot painting techniques of Indigenous Australian artists. The second tower, 550 Bourke Street, has a slimmer profile and a curved facade. The retail precinct with its multiple entry points makes the most of Melbourne
Situated on approximately 20 hectares of land on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, this holiday house was conceived as a pair of parallel plains suspended over the landscape. Each plain works horizontally along the contours of the land to maximise views across Western Port Bay and create two distinct areas within the house, the guest wing and the living wing. In order to accommodate the needs of a large family, the open plan design contains operable panels which enable the living areas to be transformed depending upon their requirements. Externally, the building creates two distinct outdoor living zones, each responding to the different climatic conditions present on the site. The north-eastern courtyard is protected from the cool on-shore winds, whilst the south-western zone provides protection from the westerly winds and harsh summer sun.