Big news from Amsterdam! Thrilled to have just been announced the winner of the Civic and Community category at World Architecture Festival 2018 for our Maitland Riverlink project. For more details on the project click here.
We are very pleased to be working with Waverley Council on some tactical insertions into the iconic Bondi seawall. The insertions will exploit the unique stepped section of the beachfront to deliver much needed program whilst respecting the unique qualities that make Bondi Bondi. Not a bad site visit either...
CHROFI are so happy to have our Channel 9 site masterplan in Willoughby recommended for approval by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. Excited for the next steps for this impressive project with a great team.
Congratulations to the whole South Sydney Hospital Site team for a win in the Built Projects – Local and Neighbourhood Scale category at last night's Australian Urban Design Awards!
We are excited to hear that the state government pledged $5.4 million towards the Birubi Point Tourism and Information Centre on Friday.
The Gan Gan Road site at Anna Bay is a “game-changer” for the town, Port Stephens mayor Ryan Palmer said.
“This tourism interchange will be carefully designed to alleviate these issues. It will become the gateway for visitors to enjoy the Worimi Conservation Lands however they choose — four-wheel drive, quad bike, horse or camel ride, surfing, fishing, or just a stroll on the beach."
Watch this space!
Maitland Riverlink has taken out the 2018 Blueprint Award for Best Public Project with Public Funding in a tight field of exceptional international projects. The jury was similarly heavy-hitting, featuring David Adjaye, Amanda Levete, Ben van Berkel and Daniel Libeskind among others. Our colleague Susanne was on hand in London to receive the award. A deserving win for a great project with a great team.
A collaborative effort between GANSW, CHROFI, Tyrrell Studio and Hill PDA. Congratulations team!
Fantastic to hear that the new Harbord Diggers has taken out Development of the Year in the mixed use category at this years Urban Developer Awards. Just rewards to a great team Architectus, JMD Design, Cerno, Ganellen and our wonderful clients Mounties Group!
We are very excited to see Stage 1 of the Harbord Diggers Redevelopment so close to completion now, with residents moving in in the coming weeks before the club's grand unveiling on June 30th.
It’s been a big week for the Maitland Riverlink which was opened officially on Thursday night by minister Scott McDonald and currently features on #architectureau
CHROFI are proud to see our urban strategy work on Gosford announced yesterday by the Minister for Planning and Housing Anthony Roberts and Lee Shearer the Co-ordinator General for the Central Coast. This collaboration with GANSW, TYRRELLSTUDIO and HillPDA is an exciting implementation framework to catalyse renewal for this regional city.
The final structure in the Lune de Sang suite is now complete, a unique combination of communal space for the forestry workers and private dwelling for our incredible clients.
CHROFI is proud to announce that our very own John Choi has been selected as an independent expert member for the New South Wales (NSW) State Design Review Panel (SDRP) pilot program. John was appointed by the NSW Government Architect (GANSW), Peter Poulet, to the panel of 40 leading urbanists, landscape architects and architects to provide independent and impartial advice on design quality, recommendations and evaluation. The announcement, made today by the NSW Minister for Planning, Minister for Housing, and Special Minister of State, The Hon. Anthony Roberts, is one of the highest honours the GANSW can bestow.
“Having a diverse group of expert and experienced voices guiding the decisions of the Department will not only ensure that we continue to have a strong assessment process, but also ensure the community has an even greater say on the future direction of planning and design.” Mr Roberts said.
CHROFI, together with McGregor Coxall, has been successful in winning an invited competition to design a tourist interchange at Birubi Point, Port Stephens, within the Worimi Conservation Lands.
The Worimi Conservation Lands contain the largest mobile coastal sand dune system in the Southern Hemisphere. Beyond its physical attractions and adventure tourism offerings, it is also the native land of the Worimi people - a site rich in the living cultural history of its original inhabitants and custodians.
We are proud as punch to take home both the Nicholas Murcutt Award for Small Project Architecture for Lizard Log Amenities and a National Urban Design Award for The Goods Line. Go team!
We have just lodged a DA for an exciting new mixed use development in an area of Newcastle ripe for urban renewal. The idea is the project will act as a catalyst to boost street life and community identity in the neighbourhood. Watch this space.
We have compiled a series of images into a gif illustrating the rapid progress of the Harbord Diggers project over the past few months.
If you missed last week's episode of Australia By Design you can click here to watch CHROFI Director John Choi present Lune de Sang, an intergenerational venture that will see the transformation of a former dairy property into a sustainably harvested forest with trees that take up to 300 years to mature.
John's segment begins at 6min 55sec
We now have the first glimpses of Mezzo in Glebe which is currently under construction. CHROFI along with Kann Finch were selected through a City of Sydney Design Excellence Competition for this site in Glebe, Sydney. The project includes 213 new homes including adaptable units, town houses and affordable housing units.
CHROFI's key design moves included the creation of a colonnade that follows the curvature of Wentworth Park Road to strongly reinforce the park edge with four hovering tower forms above. The podium and colonnade of recycled brickwork gives the street level façades a fine material texture, patterning and relationship to surrounding buildings. We are excited to see the completion of Stage 1 within a few months and Stage 2 having now started construction on site.
To see more of the project click here
Work has started on construction of the Maitland Riverlink, a civic project that aims to re-establish a positive relationship between the city and the river. For many years, Maitland’s town centre had turned its back on the Hunter River, disconnecting the main commercial and community activities from the amenity and outlook of the river. CHROFI, working with McGregor Coxall, identified an opportunity to reframe the relationship by attracting tourists and drawing locals back to the river through a dynamic architectural intervention.
The design comprises a brick arch with amenities and a restaurant tucked into its edges. Through the centre, a covered public space connects the High Street to the Hunter River and acts as a sort of ‘public living room’ for the community.
see more of the project here
We are delighted to announce the following new CHROFI appointments; Andrew Lamond (Senior Associate) , Fraser Mudge, Martin Tarnawski, Georgina Blix, Felix Rasch, Joshua Zoeller and Albert Quizon (Associates) who join Associate Jerome Cateaux. These new appointments represent the practice's growing capacity to deliver a diverse range of projects across different scales, complexities and typologies.
There's a lot happening on site! Check out the latest timelapse of the Harbord Diggers Project!
CHROFI worked with the Government Architect's Office, NSW Public Works and Parramatta Park Trust on the alterations and additions to the Queen's Road Gatehouse at Parramatta Park.
The original Queens Road gatehouse was erected in 1873. In response to the form of the existing cottage a simple gabled form extruded to accommodate the required floor space was developed. Physically separated by an entry path, the simplicity of the new form acknowledges and reflects the simplicity and humility of the existing gatehouse.
The new form’s gabled silhouette and lack of expressive detailing is intended to create a comfortable dialogue with the old structure whilst clearly and unambiguously defining itself as a contemporary layer to the site. The existing gatehouse is retained as the larger of the two dwelling-like structures and is anchored as the primary focal point of the composition. The new form and integrated landscape strategy knits together the diverse layers of the site, resulting in a pair of small, cottage-like buildings nestled within a garden, surveying the parklands beyond.
Work has begun on site on the Balmoral House. The house hugs the landscape, its form following the natural contours of the site and wrapping around to establish a secluded courtyard. Generous expanses of glass create light filled living while bringing the garden experience inside. The design was strategic in minimising privacy and view impacts on neigbours while maximising use of a constrained site and capturing glimpse views towards Balmoral Beach.