Stephen Collier Architects P/L
Stephen Collier Architects was established in 2005. With over 20 years of high quality design, construction and management experience, Director Stephen Collier has worked on significant projects in Australia Spain. Collier’s work has been recognised by professional and academic institutes in both countries and several major residential and commercial projects have received the highest professional awards for design excellence. A key objective in every project is to maximise the use of space and light. Aesthetic considerations play a big part but so do the functional aspects, combining how things work with how they feel.
Stephen Collier Architects P/L on Google Maps
The project is an alteration to a heritage-listed house from the 1800s. A single rectangular space spanning from one side of the house to the other is created. This room marks the connection between the new and the old. This ‘in between’ space contains a bathroom at either end and a laundry which can be fully shut away and concealed within a large white box. This is the only element separating the bathroom from the kitchen and dining spaces. It also contains a kitchen preparation and storage area and conceals both small and large kitchen appliances. The bathroom space can be sub-divided into 3 separate rooms, with doors that match the height and width of the room and slide away to be fully concealed within joinery. This space counteracts the formal symmetry of a central corridor running the full length of the house, which is lit by an intensely coloured stained glass window at the front entry. Continuing this sense of a long thin passage, lit intensely at its ends, the walls at either end of this new bathroom space were demolished to make way for glass sliding doors, that match the height and width of the room.
Elizabeth Bay, 2009
The project entailed the complete renovation of a 1950s apartment in the harbourside suburb of Elizabeth Bay. The building sits in the lower north-facing part of the suburb, in the midst of large Moreton Bay Fig trees, and in close proximity to neighbouring apartment blocks. The deep porches at the front (covered in Virginia Creeper and from which it derives its characteristic appearance in the street) were all partially converted into new rooms providing an opportunity to expand the living areas. The design plays with the creative potential of mirrors, splayed wall surfaces, coloured light, and large slabs of marble to visually enhance the size of small rooms. It mixes elements of the old with the new. The client, a heritage conservation architect, wanted a design solution that respected the structure and architectural features of the original. We decided to respond positively to the dark moody character of the rear areas (where the entry and bedrooms are located) and find ways of accentuating spaces and historical features with light (both natural and artificial).