Kerstin Thompson Architects

Antipodean style: Another design sensitive apartment project for Brunswick East

The string of apartment-based planning applications with 'design excellence' at their core continues within Moreland City Council's boundaries. Already the heartland for the Nightingale series of apartment projects, other developers too have joined the push to realise sustainable, community-driven apartment developments in the municipality. Urban.com.au has in recent weeks covered Milieu's Brunswick development in waiting, in addition to Excelon...

KTA lends its design nous to 'The Stables'

Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA) have transformed the former Victoria Police Mounted Branch stables on Southbank into world-class teaching and learning facilities for students of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music following an $18 million make-over. The refurbishment is an exemplar of adaptive re-use and continues KTA's affinity with working with the fabric of heritage structures, since its inception in 1994. The...

Is there still a place for the 'skinny skyscraper' in Melbourne?

Augmented planning rules introduced over recent years has made it impossible for the 'skinny skyscraper' to grace the vast majority of inner Melbourne's skyline. That is, after a number of eyebrow-raising developments were approved under now defunct planning regulations. Whilst the CBD and Southbank may be off limits, a proposal has landed upon Elizabeth Street that looks to keep the typology viable in Melbourne. Kerstin Thompson Architects are...

Negotiating Form: Q+A with Kerstin Thompson (Part 2)

Recently Michael Smith and Sonia Sarangi sat down for an in depth conversation with Kerstin Thompson, one of Melbourne’s most highly respected architects, to discuss the built environment, form making and the relentless negotiation required to create excellent architecture. This continues from the first part of the interview . Michael Smith : Previously you’ve spoken about your architecture as being a gradient architecture. Is this a conscious...

Negotiating Form: Q+A with Kerstin Thompson

Kerstin Thompson is one of Australia’s most respect architects. Her practice Kerstin Thompson Architects was established in 1994 and has delivered architectural excellence across a broad spectrum of project types from education projects, police stations and commercial fit outs, as well as multi-residential and single bespoke homes. Recently Michael Smith and Sonia Sarangi sat down for an in depth conversation with Kerstin to discuss the built...
Once a piano factory...

Project review > Werth the wait @ Studio Nine Richmond

Best known as the home of GTV-9 for a good part of half a century, the first stage of Lend Lease 's Studio Nine development on Bendigo Street in Richmond has been completed, with residents recently moving in. Designed by Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA) the project involved the adaptive re-use of the former Wertheim Piano Factory building into 34 Heritage Apartments, a yet to be fitted out City of Yarra community centre (due to open in late...