Powerhouse Museum Competition Shortlist

Breaking News! We are super excited to announce that our team has been one of six design teams shortlisted for the Powerhouse Museum Competition in Parramatta! Stay tuned for further updates!

See latest stories in the media here:

Architecture AU – Shortlist announced: Parramatta Powerhouse Museum design competition

Sydney Morning Herald – Powerhouse Museum to keep doors open

Arch Daily- Steven Holl and Carlo Ratti Among Final Teams for Sydney’s Powerhouse Precinct at Parramatta

New kitchen for the Ockens House

Scale Architecture has designed a new kitchen for Glenn Murcutt’s recently restored Ockens House. With reference to Glenn’s original drawings, we reinterpreted the design to suit the clients new brief for the space. More photos to come.

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Bronte Studio + Garage Visit

A small project in Bronte being well used over the summer break. The Shou sugi ban (burnt cedar) cladding has weathered to a lovely silvery black. We love revisiting our projects and seeing how the clients inhabit the spaces.

Brickworks ‘Double Talk’ Series

Matt Chan joined with Tim O’Sullivan from Multiplicity to talk about recent projects in Hobart as a part of the Brickworks ‘Double Talk’ Series. Matt’s talk focused the progression from the practice’s inception in the Netherlands in 2002 to the future ambitions of the office.


Balgowlah House – photoshoot day

Thanks to Tessa from Bo-ke Photography for the great photo shoot – see the outcome via the link below.

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Bexley Amenities Block is complete!

Our Bexley Amenities Block is ready to go and just in time for the 2019 cricket season! A big thanks to the team at Bayside Council for completing the construction contract. See more photos courtesy of Brett Boardman via the link below.

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Gipps Street Terrace 2 – near completion

Our second terrace project on Gipps Street is almost complete. The project inserts a joinery block to re-define the entrance, kitchen and living spaces.

Scale featured in Houses Magazine #120

We are thrilled to be featured in Houses Magazine Issue 120. Leanne Amodeo writes a comprehensive review of our practice, tracking projects from 2002 until now. “Matt has mastered the art of solutions-focused architecture and hardworking, intuitive design”.

The interview has also now been published on Architecture AU.

Balgowlah House – completed!

Here is a sneak peak of our recently finished Balgowlah House. A first floor addition to a family home in the Northern Beaches. More photos to come!


Bexley Amenities Block – construction update

Our new Bexley Oval amenities buildings are starting to take shape. Due for completion before the 2019 cricket season starts, we are really looking forward to seeing the finishing touches.

The team at Bayside Council have done an amazing job to complete the construction contract.

Alexandria House – near completion

Our Alexandria Terrace house is due to be completed soon!

Justin is going to Harvard as Frank Knox Memorial Fellow

We are super happy to announce that Justin has been awarded the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship to study at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design! He will be moving to Cambridge in August to join the Master of Architecture in Urban Design program. We couldn’t be prouder and wish him the best of luck!

House at Ben Buckler interiors feature in Austral Bricks TV Campaign

The loungeroom / stair void space of our House at Ben Buckler has featured in the Austral Bricks TV Campaign. PS external design by unknown other.


See video here

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House at Ben Buckler shortlisted for Houses Awards

We’re super happy to be shortlisted for the 2018 Houses Awards in the new houses over 200m2 category. It’s such a competitive field + the level of work is off the charts this year, again! Fingers crossed + good luck to all of our talented colleagues.

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North Bondi House features Eco Outdoor

North Bondi House has been selected as a feature project on the Eco Outdoor website.

See project profile article here.

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Riverview House Complete

We are very excited our Riverview project is complete! More photos to come soon.

Balgowlah House – under construction

Our Balgowlah addition is set to finish pre Christmas. More photos to come.

Foss Street back-to-front terrace

Our Foss St terrace has been approved! This unusual terrace is orientated the opposite way to its neighbours. The new granny flat at the rear of the property completes the terrace row on Bridge Street.

Gipps Street Terrace + Cut-away Roof House win MBA Awards

We are excited to announce Gipps Street Terrace and Cut-away Roof House have both won Master Builders Association Awards. Congratulations to Brad Swanson with Arc Projects and Chris Field with CWF Constructions for awesome builds!

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Balgowlah House – under construction

Our Balgowlah house is currently under construction. Construction photos to come!

Cricket Pitch House Complete

Our new house in Sydney’s eastern suburbs is complete! See the project link for more images.

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Bexely Amenities Block

Bexley Park Amenities are under way! Construction is due to start next month.

Hastings Parade House complete

New house at Hastings Parade has been completed. The stair splits the linear plan in two. See link below for more photos!

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Riverview construction update

New surface sliding timber windows being installed in the Riverview house courtyard.

Performing Art Space

Looking forward to getting our new performing arts space off the ground!

Jaxsta complete

The Jaxsta office fit-out is complete! Jaxsta is an online music data source – giving back credit to the people of the music industry. Their platform will launch in 2017, see here for more info.

Scale + Nightingale

We are thrilled to announce Scale Architecture is now licensed to deliver Nightingale Housing.

It’s an incredible opportunity for us to create housing projects that are part of a progressive, socially driven solution. By putting people before profit, implementing best in practice sustainability, we aim to design enduring and ethically responsible housing.

“Nightingale Housing supports the delivery of contemporary housing built for wellbeing, community and liveability”.

For more info, see the Nightingale Housing website here.

2017 Architects Medallion

A huge congratulations to Georgie Forbes-Smith on winning the esteemed 2017 Architects Medallion!

Such a well deserved win from an extremely competitive field. More information on the award here.


Gipps Street Terrace complete

The Gipps Street Terrace is now complete! The project is a contemporary renovation of a modest two-storey terrace house in inner Sydney.

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Hastings Parade House construction update

Construction update 08.12.16

The project is nearing completion with the installation of the stair and external detailed steel work.



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Plowman Street House construction update

Construction update 08.12.16

All brickwork, steel reveals and roofing is complete – interior topping slab to be poured this week.

A 2 storey free-standing house in North Bondi, the diagonal roof ridge creates a different facade for each orientation, while responding to the suburban context of pitched roofs.


Hastings Parade House construction update

Construction update 23.06.16

Brickwork is being completed this week. White 50mm high La Paloma face bricks have been used throughout the project.

Sitting atop the headland at North Bondi, this 2 storey house frames views to the Pacific to the east, and to Bondi Beach to the west.

Stay tuned for more updates.

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Cut-away Roof House shortlisted for Houses Awards

The cut-away roof house has recently been completed. Thanks to Chris Field and all at CWF Constructions for a fab build. See more images in the project gallery.

We are also very excited to see it shortlisted for the 2016 Houses Awards. The project has been included in Alterations and Additions Under 200m².

Image by Brett Boardman

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Glenn Murcutt’s restored Ockens House part of UNSW architecture exhibition

The house was infested with termites. Water cascaded through the broken roof and the carpet was rotting. But none of it bothered Matt Chan.

He saw the potential of this “hidden masterpiece in the suburbs”. “I only saw the good when I walked in,” he said.

Chan had access to a wealth of resources when restoring the house: a model at the Powerhouse Museum, the original plans stored at the State Library, and the advice of the man who designed it – Australia’s greatest living architect, Glenn Murcutt.

Murcutt and Chan graduated from the University of NSW 34 years apart. The Ockens House project features in a new exhibition celebrating 60 years of graduate excellence at UNSW, where Murcutt is the Seidler chair in the practice of architecture.

Architecture by Hand and Mind showcases rarely seen sketches and models by some of Australia’s foremost architects. It officially opens on Wednesday.

Read more on SMH online.

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Welcome Justin Cawley

Justin Cawley studied architecture at the University of Sydney, where he graduated with first class honours in 2010 and a Masters of Architecture in 2013. He comes to SCALE after working with Bates Smart since 2010. Recently, Justin was one of three designers in residence at the Australian Design Centre, where he formulated new gallery designs that respond to the challenges facing natural history museums today.

Image from Future Nature Exhibition at Australian Design Centre, September 2015.

Plowman St House

Scale’s Plowman St House has been approved. The house maintains a long, slender footprint, and is oriented to capture northern light throughout the day.

Paperhouses update

Scale Architecture is thrilled to be invited to design an open source house for paperhouses! Here is a preview of our open source, modular, low cost design.


For more info please visit http://paperhouses.co/

Stay tuned for more updates!

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Long Courtyard House features

Scale Architecture’s Long Courtyard house has been featured in the publication ‘Materiality: Brick and Block’, Houses magazine, Green magazine and on Architecture AU and Architizer.

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Green Square Design Competition

Scale’s competition entry for Green Square Gunyama Park and Aquatic Centre made it through 4 rounds of judging and down to the final 12.

The open architecture competition held by the City of Sydney, attracted 144 entries from around the world. Congratulations to Andrew Burgess Architects on their winning entry.

The Jury report can be found here: Jury Report

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Bar H rebooted

Our reboot – redux for the Surry Hills establishment was completed in time for Hamish Ingham’s and Rebecca Lines’ new Spring menu at Bar H! A new private dining and wine tasting area has been opened downstairs, while expanded opening hours now include lunch.

Check out Time Out’s review here.

Anna Kucera, © Time Out Sydney

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Long Courtyard House shortlisted for Houses Awards

We are very excited to see our Long Courtyard House shortlisted for the 2014 Houses Awards. The project has been included in Alterations and Additions Under 200m².

The Houses Awards celebrates Australia’s best residential projects in eight categories. Now in its fourth year, the program has become one of the country’s most popular and widely recognized of its kind, with 261 houses submitted in 2014 – a new record for entries.

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2014 NSW Architecture Awards shortlist

We are thrilled to announce that Scale’s Seaforth Kitchen Garden has been shortlisted for the NSW Architecture Awards. The project has been selected from a highly competitive field in the Small Project Architecture category. Winners of the awards will be announced in late June.

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Seaforth Kitchen Garden now complete

Our Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden fitout is now complete! Following its official opening, overseen by Stephanie in late February, Seaforth Kitchen Garden has become a place where students can cook and prepare their freshly grown produce.

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MADE Scholarship

Congratulations to Jennifer McMaster from Scale Architecture, who was awarded the MADE Scholarship. MADE by the Opera House has been established to honour the 40th anniversary of Jorn Utzon’s master work. As part of the scholarship, Jennifer travelled to Denmark during January and February of 2014. A blog documenting her experience can be seen here.

‘Six for Six’ at Scale Architecture

Come by Scale Architecture’s Oxford Street studio on September 25th for‘Six for Six.’

As part of Sydney’s Art and About, Scale Architecture is playing host to ‘Six for Six’ where, in exchange for a six pack, you can score six minutes with some of Sydney’s best and brightest young architects including:

John Choi – http://www.chrofi.com/
Andrew Burns – http://www.andrewburns.net.au/
Lucy Humphrey + Claire McCaughan http://www.archrival.org/
Jad Silvester + Penny Fuller http://silvesterfuller.com/
Chris Bosse – Lava Architects http://www.l-a-v-a.net/
Marcus Trimble + Matt Bennett – http://bennettandtrimble.com/

With drinks in hand, you can discuss design ideas, get advice on an upcoming project and get to know some of our city’s most exciting emerging architects. Part speed-dating, part designer drinks, it promises to be a whole lot of fun.

Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation

Scale was recently invited to complete a submission for Fugitive Structures, an annual competition run by the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. Our scheme, titled field void, carves a geometric spiral out of a dense field of transparent tubes. Inside this field, one discovers a captured circular void. This is a room with no ceiling, only sky.

The transparent tubes are hung from a black ceiling. The underside of the tubes read as a single surface. Variable rod lengths create an ‘inverse topography’. Determined by a digitally modelled surface, the rods are computer cut, coded and marked, allowing their precise location in space.

High Commendation for Barangaroo R1 Development

Scale Architecture has received a High Commendation for their entry to the R1 Barangaroo competition. The jury recognised the “delightful proposal” from Scale and recommended that the firm be offered an opportunity to work on public realm elements at Barangaroo. Scale was selected to participate in the invited competition from a shortlist of six emerging architecture firms. We extend our congratulations to the winning firm, Collins and Turner.

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NSW Architecture Awards – David Lidner Prize

Congratulations to Nathan Etherington from Scale Architecture, who has been awarded the inaugural David Lindner Prize at the 2013 NSW Architecture Awards. Nathan’s submission, entitled “Do Not Disturb: Toxic Urbanism and the Alexandra Canal,” will examine the urban complexities surrounding the Alexandra Canal. The jury citation for the award can be viewed here.

As part of the Sydney Architecture Festival, Nathan will be delivering a talk this Friday night at Tusculum. Titled ‘Do Not Disturb: Toxic Urbanism and the Alexandra Canal,’ he will discuss his recent research into this strategic site. An exhibition of work by recent Masters of Architecture graduates will accompany the talk.

Prime Minister’s Lodge Competition Canberra

Scale has released its entry for the Prime Minister’s Lodge competition. The building responds to Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney’s vision for Canberra, drawing upon relationships between monumental architecture and the landscape.

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Ockens House Restoration

Scale is currently involved in the restoration of the Ockens House, a home designed by renowned Australian architect Glenn Murcutt in 1978. The proposed works to the Ockens House intend to restore this unique home to its original design intent. Further photographs of the building have been taken by Max Dupain and can be seen in his archives here.

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Long Courtyard House complete

Long Courtyard House has recently been completed and photographed by Brett Boardman. The house is a contemporary addition to a turn-of-the-century terrace house, and is built around the idea that each new space should relate to a garden.

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NSW Architecture Awards Jurors Announced

Matt Chan has been selected as one of the jurors for the upcoming 2013 NSW Architecture Awards. He will be a member of the jury for the Small Projects and Heritage Architecture Awards. The awards will be announced in June.

Scale Architecture featured in Codigo

Scale Architecture have been featured in the Mexican art, architecture and design magazine Código. Titled ‘Vanguard at the Edge of the World: The Australian Scene’, the article discusses Australia’s innovative creative culture. We appear alongside our friends at LAVA, and a range of local artists and designers.

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National Museum of Afghanistan

Scale Architecture was shortlisted for the National Museum of Afghanistan. We completed the design with Silvester Fuller, Nathan Etherington and Stringa Pty. Ltd.

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2012 National Architecture Conference Interview

As part of the 2012 National Architecture Conference, Matthew Chan interviewed fellow emerging architect Kevin Carmody of Carmody Groarke. The interview was published in the September/October edition of Architecture Bulletin.

Filling in the Gaps Talk

Matthew Chan will be presenting a talk this weekend at Surry Hills library. Titled ‘Filling in the Gaps,’ he will discuss how design opportunities can be found within small, challenging urban sites. The event it supported by the City of Sydney and Surry Hills Library.

Matthew Chan : Guest Commentator on Architecture Insights

Matthew Chan is currently a guest commentator on architecture insights. He will be uploading articles which discuss architecture, events and public space around Sydney.

Gibbons Rent Pocket Park Competition

Scale Architecture has been selected to participate in a competition to design Gibbons Rents Pocket Park in London. The scheme provides an urban oasis within a laneway on London’s Southbank.

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Matthew Chan: Interview in Australian Design Review

Matthew Chan, director of Scale Architecture, has been interviewed in Australian Design Review. In the interview, he discusses winning the NSW AIA Emerging Architect’s Prize, and the revitalisation of one of Sydney’s ugliest laneways.


See interview here

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