05.12.2017 Short film of the new Harbord Diggers released

We have been working with Berlin based filmmakers Morean to develop a short film capturing what we can expect from the completed Harbord Diggers project. The film is the culmination of weeks of collecting drone footage, intense 3D modelling and the curation of a beautiful score. A nice summary of what this project team is capable of before we unveil the finished product.

Double Win at the 2017 National Architecture Awards!
15.11.2017 Double Win at the 2017 National Architecture Awards!

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!

DA lodged for Merewether Mixed Use in Newcastle
20.10.2017 DA lodged for Merewether Mixed Use in Newcastle

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.

30.09.2017 Harbord Diggers making steady and exciting progress now

We have compiled a series of images into a gif illustrating the rapid progress of the Harbord Diggers project over the past few months.

John Choi Presents Lune De Sang on Channel 10's 'Australia By Design'
29.07.2017 John Choi Presents Lune De Sang on Channel 10's 'Australia By Design'

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

Scaffolding Comes Down on Glebe Apartments Stage 1
27.05.2017 Scaffolding Comes Down on Glebe Apartments Stage 1

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

Maitland Riverlink Steelwork Up
17.05.2017 Maitland Riverlink Steelwork Up

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

CHROFI's New Associates
13.03.2017 CHROFI's New Associates

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. 

06.03.2017 Harbord Diggers Moving Fast

There's a lot happening on site! Check out the latest timelapse of the Harbord Diggers Project!

Queen's Road Gatehouse Completed!
31.01.2017 Queen's Road Gatehouse Completed!

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.

Balmoral House commences on site
30.01.2017 Balmoral House commences on site

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. 

Marsden Park Amenities Commencing on Site
20.01.2017 Marsden Park Amenities Commencing on Site

The tender has been awarded and work has begun preparing a detailed BIM model for the complex steelwork to the vaulted roof canopy to the community pavilion. 

Laurelbank Redevelopment Approaching DA Submission
14.01.2017 Laurelbank Redevelopment Approaching DA Submission

CHROFI have been working with the Laurelbank Masonic Centre to deliver a new form of community-oriented seniors housing that would be sensitively knitted into the local context and be closely integrated with the heritage-listed Laurelbank Cottage, a new Masonic Hall and the rich garden setting which characterises much of the site.

Following a successful community information session we are working towards an imminent DA submission 

See the project here.

The Lune de Sang Pavilion Pool is ready for summer!
01.12.2016 The Lune de Sang Pavilion Pool is ready for summer!

The finishing touches are being applied to the Lune de Sang Pavilion. We are looking forward to testing out the pool! 

See the project here.

CHROFI win Design Excellence Competition for ANBG Conservatory in Canberra
18.10.2016 CHROFI win Design Excellence Competition for ANBG Conservatory in Canberra

Jury Citation
"The Jury was impressed by the crafted relationship between the architectural form, identity and choreographed displays. From the outside the building presents as a translucent box of varying transparency that entices the visitor toward it in the manner of a landmark object sculpting out space. On arrival a glint of green slices through the form providing a tantalising hint of the verdant splendour of plants within. Entering at ground level the visitor is transported into a secret and fertile tropical world of exhibits that ultimately winds upwards through the internal void towards the sky-lit roof. At night the container glows softly as a mesmerising reminder of the rich story of all of Australia’s diverse species exhibited throughout the gardens." 

See the competition entry here.

Double Win at the 2016 Australian Urban Design Awards
17.10.2016 Double Win at the 2016 Australian Urban Design Awards
A big celebration for us at the 2016 Australian Urban Design Awards. We are very proud to have received 2 of 6 awards given from a tough field of 70 entries from around the country. Turramurra Master Plan with Kuringai Council recieved the Australia Award for Urban Design, Policies, programs and concepts – large scale. The Goods Line, with Aspect Studio, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, and Gartner Rose received the Australia Award for Urban Design, Delivered outcome – small scale

Jury Citation - Turramurra Master Plan
"The transformation of suburban centres in our major cities is an emerging and critical challenge. This elegant masterplan for Sydney’s Turramurra provides a sensitive and engaging model for the provision of community facilities centred on an existing railway station with a network of connected public spaces. It affords high levels of amenity with increased density, as well as greater connectivity with adjoining neighbourhoods.

The masterplan proposes a compact village centre retaining public ownership to the public spaces, and this strategy has formed a key platform for community consultation, which has resulted in a positive response across a diversity of demographic groups. Sensitive integration of built form and landscape promises to deliver a distinctive and appropriate model for the densification of our suburbs with, in this case, the topography cleverly used to integrate larger built form while retaining the strong landscape character with its dense tree canopy."

Jury Citation - The Goods Line
"The Goods Line is an exemplar project that revitalized a piece of disused infrastructure in central Sydney to provide a linear connection through the city promoting sustainable transport. The project has achieved a high level of activation with a range of urban design and social infrastructure initiatives, ranging from ping pong tables to study pods. The project acts as a catalyst for change in the city, and anticipates the reorientation of buildings and spaces to reflect its location."
Steelwork for the Queen's Road Gatehouse has been erected on site
03.10.2016 Steelwork for the Queen's Road Gatehouse has been erected on site

Work on the Queen's Road Gatehouse has been progressing on site. The project is due for completion at the end of 2016

Barangaroo R7 Beacon Installed on Site
09.09.2016 Barangaroo R7 Beacon Installed on Site

Following on from our winning design competition entry we have been working with Lend Lease and Fleetwood Urban on the realisation of 'The Beacon'. 

As an object The Beacon seeks to create a sense of urban significance through scale and materiality. The Beacon sits at a highly visible juncture between major desire lines at Barangaroo's Transport Place, calling for a civic marker that is memorable and sits comfortably within its high intensity urban context.

Lune De Sang Pavilion Construction Progress
18.07.2016 Lune De Sang Pavilion Construction Progress

The fifth architectural structure on the Lune De Sang site, a multi-generational family pavilion, is nearing completion on site 

The Goods Line Receives Civic Landscape Award of Excellence at the 2016 AILA NSW Awards
14.07.2016 The Goods Line Receives Civic Landscape Award of Excellence at the 2016 AILA NSW Awards

Jury Citation:
"The Goods Line has proven to be a critical piece of social infrastructure in our city through the provision of high quality open space, active transport and recreation all from the adaptive reuse of a defunct rail line. Its true excellence lies in the demonstration of the role the of the landscape in delivering a new generation of urban connectivity. The repurposed rail line completes a missing link in a piece of green infrastructure connecting Central Park, Darling Harbour and Circular Quay. It is also an enjoyable and very popular destination in its own right with shaded performance spaces, fun play areas and spots for quiet reflection." 

Shelters Complete at Parramatta Park
22.06.2016 Shelters Complete at Parramatta Park

The first two shelters for the revitalised Parramatta Parklands has been completed and opened to the public. These structures are part of a larger suite of pavilions that are currently under construction.

Construction of the Queens Road Gatehouse has Commenced
22.06.2016 Construction of the Queens Road Gatehouse has Commenced

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.

Alterations and Additions to 200 Pittwater Road Complete
03.05.2016 Alterations and Additions to 200 Pittwater Road Complete

CHROFI has converted a nondescript 1980’s commercial building into a mixed use development, comprising of five, three bedroom, loft apartments with ground floor commercial.

The design addresses the existing building’s overly wide street address by inserting a juxtaposed architecture into one side of the building’s frontage. The profile of the existing structure has been extruded to the prominent street alignment to accommodate a protected outdoor dining area on street level.     

See the project here

27.04.2016 Turramurra Community Hub Masterplan on Public Exhibition

The 12,300sqm Ray Street Precinct makes up roughly one fourth of the combined Turramurra Local Centre. The triangular site is the result of an orthogonally organised village centre that was at one point divided on a 45 degree angle by the North Shore rail line corridor. The site, however, abounds in assets. A train station, bus interchange, parking, library and supermarket have already resulted in an active village centre despite lack of quality public domain. The brief consists of a new library and community centre building, European scale public piazza, full-line supermarket, parklands, commuter parking and connections to existing rail network. The purpose of the feasibility study has been to determine how to self-fund the development by the provision of mixed use housing and retail tenancies.

See the project here.

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