Sydney’s style of architecture has always been a great source of inspiration. We are in constant awe of the dreamy waterside homes that regularly grace the pages of our most popular design blogs and glossy design magazines. What’s great about Sydney's architecture is that while it isn’t defined by any one style in particular, it does unite old architecture with new quite beautifully.
Architects have contributed greatly to the evolution of Sydney's homes, neighbourhoods and urban landscapes. As such, we would like to introduce you to some of Sydney's top architecture firms that have helped to shape the city to become what it is today.
Our favourite architects in Sydney:
- Barker Studio
- Carter Williamson Architects
- Castlepeake Architects
- Design Bubble Studio
- James Stockwell Architect
- Rory Brooks Architecture
- Smart Design Studio
- TRIBE Studio
- Watershed Design
- Virginia Kerridge
Barker Studio is an architects practice in the Northern Rivers of NSW, Australia who service the local areas including Byron Bay, Lennox Head, Ballina, Lismore, Evans Head, Yamba and the surrounding suburbs. They are also happy to travel nationally for projects.
This studio has a strong responsibility to the natural environment and ensure best practice sustainability in the materials they specify, the embodied energy consumed, and the ecological footprint of the finished product.
Registered architect Luke has over 20 years in the design and construction industry, while Heike has been working in the design and construction industry since 1997 and has worked on projects in Germany, Spain and Australia.
View Barker Studio www.barkerstudio.com.au.
Carter Williamson Architects
Carter Williamson is a multiple award-winning design studio with a strong commitment to rigorous, beautiful and robust architecture. Their aesthetic is playful, clever, crafted and thoughtful; responsive to client and their brief and a joy to be in.
They believe that the interior environment has the potential to be extraordinary and should fill everyone with joy and curiosity; that architecture should allow people to feel safe and secure, confident and expressive, quiet and reflective, and that good architecture should make people lives better.
(Carter Williamson provided the header image for this article which is from a project in McMahon's Point).
View Carter Williamson Architects www.carterwilliamson.com.
Castlepeake Architects is a small, design focused, Sydney based architectural practice with many years experience in all types of residential architecture including new, altered and heritage houses.
Their small size allows director input into every project from initial design to completion on site. They are a close knit and passionate team with a focus on design excellence and client satisfaction.
With an aim to design site specific houses that improve the lives of their clients, they rigorously and logically analyse each site and brief and to arrange each response in an efficient and artful way.
View Castle Peak Architects at www.castlepeake.com.au.
Design Bubble Studio
Design Bubble* is a passionate design studio excited to develop buildings and spaces into environments that are inspiring and functional. They provide interior design & architecture for single & multi-residential homes and business' either commercial or hospitality.
Their design service includes new buildings, additions & alterations, interior architecture, interior design, styling and exterior renovation. From start to finish the attention to detail shown by their design team and their understanding of their clients vision, distinguish design bubble as leaders in theirr field.
View Design Bubble Studio www.designbubble.com.au.
James Stockwell Architect
James Stockwell Architect is an award winning architect based in Sydney. His firm works on projects across Australia and New Zealand and specialises in residential and small public buildings. His practice is concerned with developing unique architecture that is specific to each project and linked by a common thread influenced by: context, passive solar design, low running costs, of its place and people.
The practice is small and a limited number of projects are undertaken at one time so that a greater amount of time can be spent with clients and the builder to ensure the required result and budget. With a stunning portfolio that is second to none, the homes that James creates are nothing short of incredible.
View James Stockwell www.stockwelldesign.com.au.
Rory Brooks Architecture
RBA is a boutique architecture practice that was founded in 2008. They specialise in bespoke, carefully crafted spaces that respond sensitively to their site, are sustainable, and beautiful. RBA deliver projects that are derived from a carefully considered design process that adheres closely to the client’s brief and requirements.
View Rory Brooks Architecture.
Smart Design Studio
Smart Design Studio’s style of architecture is inspired by pure Modernism, but their belief is not that “form follows function” so much as “form has a function.” Buildings are best when they work effortlessly for the passer-by and are at the same time intensely engaging to their occupants and Smart Design Studio aspire to create both.
Their thirty-five plus team all design with rigour, however they find that by applying layers of significance and embedding hidden meaning adds poetry to the finished design.
The Philosophy of Smart Design Studio’s architecture can be summed up in three words: Excellence, Innovation and Collaboration.
View Smart Design Studio www.smartdesignstudio.com.
One of the most inspiring and awarded Australian practices of its generation Tribe are known for their artful, intelligent and sustainable work – from mixed-use, multi-residential and masterplanning, to bespoke educational spaces and private homes.
At any scale, TRIBE Studio designs are energising, optimistic, rational and rigorous. They have an accolade of awards under their belt and an innovative and inspiring portfolio to match.
Visit TRIBE Studio www.tribestudio.com.au.
Tzannes works across a wide range of scales and project types but their portfolio includes many stunning residences across NSW.
They take on projects at every scale and value but have the capability and technology to service significant larger projects. They are known for their passion, curiosity, design judgment, attention to detail and effective client relationships. They provide director level access, transparency and design leadership in every phase of their projects to deliver a distinctive client experience.
Located on the beautiful Northern shores of Manly, Watershed Design specialise in top quality, contemporary architecture and design with a focus on environmental sustainability. They work closely with their clients to create a solution specific to their needs.
Environmental principles are central to their design approach and include orienting spaces for control of heat gain and loss, efficient space planning, choice of materials and systems and flexibility of the design for longevity.
They strive to minimise the impact of the building process by designing with efficient energy systems, passive solar principles, reducing water usage, choosing materials wisely and planning for space efficiency.
Visit Watershed Design www.watersheddesign.com.au.
Established in 1995 and located in Surry Hills, there's nothing this architect can't do. Completed work by Virginia Kerridge Architect includes the design of new houses, alterations to houses, adaptive re-use, multi-residential and apartment design, hotel design, retail design, gallery design and cafe design. The Principal established the practice in 1995.
The specific nature of each building is established in a relational fabric; a structural assemblage where each part responds to an arrangement of materials, forms and functions.
Visit Virginia Kerridge Architect www.vk.com.au.
We hope you found this post helpful. If you are interested to learn more about the the role of an architect, the benefits of working with one, and what to look for when appointing one, please visit our parent article Top Architecture Firms Australia.
If you would like to find architects from the other major cities in Australia visit our articles below.
Image Credits: Header image by carterwilliamson.com.au | All other images sourced from the portfolios of each of architectural firms above.
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*Please note: Design Bubble Studio is now known as Melanie Tomlinson Design