About

 

Dock4 Architects is based in Melbourne and Hobart and also registered in NSW, the ACT and Queensland. Though we are a relatively small practice we are well-established, growing carefully and sustainably and our client base and project scale experience continues to develop. We work regularly with regional and remote communities.

 

Our size and company structure means that our directors oversee projects in detail, from inception through design to construction and completion and we are always the points of client and community contact.  We are client-focussed and responsive, concentrating on meeting our client’s budget and programme requirements while working with strong, flexible designs that grow from our clients and their stakeholders’ needs. We see design as a collaborative process, driven by each project’s individual requirements and our commitment to economic, environmental and social sustainability.

 

We have a broad skill base and can offer specialist design expertise in the following areas:

 

  • higher education and training facilities
  • university projects and new learning environments
  • cultural projects
  • civic and public buildings
  • commercial offices
  • urban design and masterplanning projects
  • hospitality projects
  • residential projects
  • interior architecture

AWARDS

Australian Institute of Architecture 2016 Winner

Clarence High School Sports Pavilion

Alan C Walker Award for Public Architecture

This is a bold architectural design that explores the geometric purity of two cylindrical volumes of different sizes, to establish a truly three-dimensional building without any sense of front or back. It elegantly responds to the challenging brief of servicing two sports fields on disjunctive axes. The design emphasises reconfiguration and flexibility on a tight budget and, when not in use, is fully secured by sliding grilles. A restricted material palette of steel and dark, glazed bricks succeeds in addressing resilience, legibility and cost. It is softened by considered insertion of varnished timber and laminate for detailing and screening

Judges Comments

Australian Institute of Architecture 2014 Commendation

Pilgrim Coffee

 

With an adventurous client, the architect has provided critical design moves in direct correlation with a very tight budget. The design cues embody a necessity for restraint to expose the curious and fascinating histories, whilst capitalising on this unlikely group of intersecting spaces within inner city Hobart. It is an exercise in knowing what to leave, what to focus on and what to do away with. The ambience of the residual space is unparalled anywhere in Hobart City. The jury celebrates this unique client – architect relationship and looks forward to seeing the future stages of the project towards it’s completion

Judges Comments

PUBLICATIONS

Clarence High School Sports Pavillion

Architecture Australia

 

Frankston Arts Centre

Herald Sun

 

Campbell Street Extension

The Home Magazine

Bonnet Hill House (1)

Architecture AU

Dock4 Architects designed and managed the build for our extension, completed last year. I found them to be approachable, engaged and extremely talented designers. The build was managed around us remaining in the house, including 3 small children which minimised disruption for our family. The project was completed on budget to a high standard.  I was delighted with the result and having now lived in the extension for about 8 months I find it looks beautiful and utterly suits our needs. Some clever lighting design and use of rolling doors has kept surfaces streamlined and the look and feel of the rooms delightfully airy. I couldn’t be happier.

Lucy