Collaborating with artists has always been one of our richest sources of inspiration. Each collaboration and the conversations underpinning them has enriched our design process and encouraged us to reconsider a building’s relationship to the public realm.
In recent years, we’ve worked with a vibrant array of artists including Fiona Hall, Rose Nolan, Judy Watson, Rosslynd Piggott, Dani Marti, Peter Hennessey, Natasha Johns-Messenger and Simon Perry.
One of our most influential collaborations was with Peter Kennedy, who we commissioned in 2001 to create a 36-metre-long artwork to run the length of our office window. The neon artwork is titled “A n d S o...Illumination 1.” As both client and architect, we discovered the powerful connections artists can forge between their work and the city and the unique ways artists engage with architecture. This shaped future collaborations and led us to focus on integrating artworks into the fabric of a building in a way that makes a clear demarcation between art and architecture, but also makes both feel part of the whole urban ensemble.