What were the key drivers behind establishing a Sydney studio?
John – Sydney is a city well known to us. I’ve had an ongoing fascination with the city that’s grown as we’ve worked on a series of projects over many years. We see ourselves very much as an Australian practice rather than a Melbourne practice. I know we’re going to derive enormous pleasure from getting to know the city more intimately, forging new relationships, building on our existing knowledge and investigating local skills, materials and systems.
What’s the most exciting aspect of having a permanent presence in the city?
John – We work across every state in Australia, and we’re always aware of the variance, some strongly stated and some more nuanced, as we move from place to place. Sydney shares many cultural values with the rest of Australia and our practice life in Melbourne. It also has its own defining occurrences and patterns, its own cultural imperatives, remarkable topography, social and built fabric. Our work will evolve in response to these imperatives.