Happy Mother's Day.

May 2017

This weekend all of us at Architect Prineas are tightening up our running shoes to partake in the annual Mother's Day Classic! Some were coerced by the more seasoned runners in the office with the promise of matching pink baseball caps, others with the assurance of a post-run breakfast at Fratelli Paradiso. None-the-less, we are all excited to be running for an extremely worthwhile cause and one that is very close to all of our hearts. Wishing all the amazing mums out there a happy Mother's Day - we hope you are all suitably spoilt!


Houses Awards 17 Shortlist

MAY 2017

Architect Prineas is thrilled to have been shortlisted in the Houses Awards 17 in the category of House Alteration and Addition of 200sqm for our Allen Key House. The announcement will be made in Melbourne on the 4th of August. To see all the short listed projects, click here.

Allen Key House. Shortlisted in Houses Awards 2017, Alterations and Additions 200sqm and over .  Photograph by Chris Warnes



Soft Opening at the Darlinghurst Nano Pad.

April 2017

Jacqueline Lindeman is a graduate of architecture and has been a part of the team at Architect Prineas since July of 2015. She was closely involved in the design and documentation of this project and was lucky enough to be the first guest to enjoy a short stay at the Darlinghurst Nano Pad.

3 0 0 p m . C H E C K I N G  I N .   Nano Pad (Photograph: Jacqueline Lindeman)

Pause for an Instagram moment because the quality of afternoon light in this tiny studio makes it insanely photogenic. I take a moment to (re)acquaint myself with the space, though in reality, moving through the apartment is intuitive. Keys are in the catch-all and my handbag on its hook before I hang tonight's outfit on the blackened steel hanging rail that is neatly tucked around the corner of the bed platform.


4 0 0 p m.  Y O G A   C L A S S.  One Hot Yoga

To make the most of my short stay in this beautiful apartment, I've decided that for the next day and a half, I am a Darlinghurst Person. 

To kick things off, I'm off to yoga! A short stroll down Darlinghurst Road and I've arrived at One Hot Yoga & Pilates, or as the locals like to refer to it, "One". It is my first time trying yoga here and I can safely say that from the moment I enter the studio, I'm hooked. The Philosophy of One Hot Yoga is centred on the notion of mindfulness. It is a moment conceived by yogi Lucinda Mills that comes to full fruition in the masterful interior architecture of Robert Mills. The studio is split over two level of a beautiful art deco building in Kellet Street (Potts Point). The entire space is designed as a sensory experience in which every movement through the studio is meticulously considered. 


5 1 5 p m.  E R R A N D S.  Hermetica Flowers, Victoria Street

While cheese has been pre-arranged for tonight's guests (c/o Simon Johnson's fabulous cheese room), bubbles must still be arranged. I take an alternative route home from yoga, this time down Victoria Street to stop by the cellar. I enter into the dangerous territory of Hermetica Flowers. A sculptural arrangement of orchids is suspended in the window, however, it's a small bunch of white chrysanthemum's that catch my eye. I decide that it would sinful not to make use of the baby pink Muuto Vase that I eyed upon check in, and decide to take the flowers. The wrapping is exquisite, as per usual!


5 3 0 p m.  S H O W E R   H O U R S.  Nano Pad Ensuite (Photograph: Jacqueline Lindeman)

The flowers are in their vase and the sparking is chilling in the fridge. It's time to freshen up before my guests arrive! 

This is, perhaps, the experience I have most been looking forward to during my stay. The entire bathroom space emanates a sauna; the woody smell creating the perfect mood for my post yoga shower. Stocked with Aesop, by the time I'm done, it's safe to say that I'm feeling pretty luxurious!


6 3 0 p m.  3   I S ( N ' T )   A    C R O W D. 

Punctuality is not my friends' forte, which is lucky because as 6.30 rolls around, I am still arranging cheese and nuts on the beautiful marble cheese board. When the bell does finally buzz, I invite my guests (all four of them!) in to give them the grand tour before everyone collapses around the studio - two on the Wilfred, a couple on the bed platform steps and two of us on the bed! The black topped Artek Stools are reserved for cheese and crackers only! 


7 3 0 p m.  C A S O N I.  Pumpkin Ravioli

2 bottles of bubbly down and we are ready to take the short stroll up to Taylor Square for dinner at Casoni

The night is lovely and warm, so we sit outside, people watching until our food arrives. I enjoy the signature dish of Pumpkin Ravioli, accompanied by the Burrata and Salsa Romesco, which I share with one of my girlfriends. The general consensus around the table is that the food (and drink) is delicious! 

As dinner plates are cleared, there is talk of desert but nobody can look past the quintessential Darlinghurst treat that is Messina.


1 0 0 0 p m.  M E S S I N A.  Messina, Victoria Street

Messina needs no introduction.

I enjoy one of the weekly specials - a devilishly decadent concoction of peanut butter and chocolate fudge, though I am also careful to sample all the other flavours ordered amongst our little group!

Messina does no wrong. 

1 0 3 0 p m .  I N  B E D  W I T H  B E M B O K A. 

After a quick clean up of the pre-dinner antics, it's time for bed! I decide to sleep without the block-out blinds, instead, enjoying the shadow that the streetlight outside casts across the plywood joinery and walls. The Bemboka sheets make for a very cosy sleep on this warm summer night and, all too soon, it's morning. 


9 0 0 a m .   Y O G A  2 . 0

Still on a high from yesterday's class, I venture up to One once more to sweat out last night's sinful eating and drinking.

Today I try Power Yoga, which I enjoy equally, if not more than yesterday's pilates. 

1 1 0 0 a m.  E D I T I O N  C O F F E E  R O A S T E R S.  Edition Coffee Roaster, Liverpool Street

After enjoying my second round of yoga and subsequent post yoga shower, I venture down the road to Edition Coffee Roasters for breakfast.

The cafe is beautifully furnished with mid-century style Nordic pieces that are off-set by white walls and an open galley kitchen. The menu is a reflection of the care interior -  a unique fusion of Japanese and Nordic vibes. Because I am basically on holiday, I enjoy the black sesame hotcakes with mango ganache, along with a piccolo latte that is the perfect balance of smooth and creamy. The entire experience is equal parts interesting and delicious.


1 2 0 0 p m.  N U D E .  The Art Gallery of New South Wales

I take a short stroll through Woolloomooloo to the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Nude - art from the Tate collection is nearly over and my little stay-cation seems like the perfect time to visit the gallery. The curation of the entire exhibition is both clever and engaging, while a real highlight was seeing Rodin's marble sculpture of "The Kiss" which has never before ventured outside of Europe.


4 0 0 p m.  C H E C K I N G  O U T  Nano Pad (Photograph: Jacqueline Lindeman)

Another short walk back through Woolloomooloo and Darlinghurst and I'm back at the studio.

I pack up my overnight bag, which until now has been stealthily stored in the secret drawer beneath the step outside the bathroom. Before doing a final check of the apartment, I take a moment to enjoy the beautiful afternoon light once more and reflect on what has been a fabulous short stay. 

Positioned in the heart of Darlinghurst, I have been able to enjoy some of the best of what the area has to offer.

Thank you to our clients for having me to stay at the Darlinghurst "Nano Pad"!


Record 15.

january 2017

With the new year well and truly underway, we're sharing a few things that are keeping us inspired at the moment, and for us, it's all about ceramics!

1.  D O .  The Pottery Shed

According to owner and teacher of Surry Hills' The Pottery Shed:

"Pottery is more than an art of skill ... There is a meditative value - the rhythm and flow teaches you things about your life that you may not have been aware of."

Under owner and teacher Joe's patient and attentive direction, after just one class the addictively therapeutic quality of this creative practice is unlocked. With wheel throwing lessons designed specifically for beginners, the premise that pottery is too difficult to learn is thrown out of the window. Classes at The Pottery Shed are structured around a curriculum of fundamental pottery techniques, that are organised around three introductory classes: throwing, trimming and glazing.

Upon completing these introductory courses, students are encouraged to pop in and out of the studio at their leisure to while away the hours working at their own creations. The studio represents an opportunity for both social and solo creativity as an activity over which friends can catch up after work, or where one can spend a few solitary hours on the wheel plugged into a favourite podcast (we're currently addicted to Lena Dunham's Women of the Hour ... !).

Click here to book into a class!

2.  E A T  .  Mohr Fish

Located in the heart of Surry Hills, for the last 23 years the eat in/take out restaurant Mohr Fish has adopted the role of "unassuming corner fish and chip shop."

The architecture of the restaurant pays homage to what the founder himself refers to as the humble old-English seaside fish and chip shop. Mohr Fish exudes an inviting sense of nostalgia that is enhanced by the combination of sea green and powder blue subway tiles that clad both its facade and interior. The menu is honest and uncomplicated - "a home cooked meal when you don't feel like cooking." While offering both take-away and delivery, we think the fresh and delicious fruits of the sea served up by this fine establishment are best enjoyed while people watching from the high tables and stools adjacent to the shop's original steel windows - perhaps after an afternoon of pottery!

3.  S E E  .  Natalie Rosin

A graduate architect and ceramicist from Sydney, Australia, Natalie Rosin integrates her two disciplines as a way to explore the intersection between architecture and ceramics. Rosin herself refers to the extraordinary result as "a place open to experimentation, unexplored forms and intuitive structures, forming new expectations from the spaces we inhabit and the environments built around us."

Rosin's one off, crafted ceramics represent an accessible portal into the world of art, design and the built environment. Her pieces are simultaneously minimal and playful, operating as an accentuated expression of forms in an architecture that is both real and imagined. The pieces Rosin creates are driven by the clay material with which she works in a self-reflexive exploration of the process of creating and conceptualising architecture within a contemporary context. Her work posits the way in which architecture has become the product of the mode by which it is designed. Rosin thrives on the imperfections and freedom offered by the medium of clay, as well as the evolution of each individual sculpture as she moves through the processes of moulding, glazing and firing. Click here to see more of Natalie Ronsin's incredible work.

Rosin will next be exhibiting her work at the Stanley Street Gallery in Darlinghurst from March 1st - 25th.

4. S T A Y.  Bunka Tokyo

With the Christmas break having come and gone, we are already planning our next holiday! Having been day dreaming about Japan for a little while now, we've got our accommodation sorted c/o Bunka, Tokyo.

Designed by Japanese firm, UDS, the design intent for this project firmly revolved around the creation of the "sense of comfortableness we implicitly have between us, through our lives in Japan." The development of an architecture that provides guests with great amenity was central to the design and development of Bunka. This was done so by creating a clean and comfortable experience that allows patrons to "feel and enjoy the invisible code that is the basis of Japanese culture."

The architecture and, in particular, the interior architecture is not bound by the existing images of "Japanese-ness." Instead, the building stealthily steers away from the cliches of Japanese accommodation design that are usually employed to target tourists. Instead, the space is neutral, revealing subtle hints of culture and design that unfold throughout one's experience of the building. We particularly love this building for the locally crafted tiles that clad its facade and interior surfaces. These tiles operate as cultural and historical cues towards Japan's built environment, whilst offering a level of functionality in their strength and resistance against water and stains. All the while these tiles produce a rich sense of patter and texture in an artfully subtle way. Click here to book!

5.  W A T C H.  Faster

There is no more quintessential expression of ceramics in Sydney than the Sydney Opera House, herself!  

With one of our many New Year's Resolutions being to become more engaged in the vibrant arts and culture scene that Sydney has to offer, we will be booking tickets to the newest contemporary ballet, "Faster," to be performed at the Sydney Opera House throughout April of this year.

Described as "ballet in top gear," the contemporary dance production explores the intensity that surrounds the world of elite sports. Designed around a trilogy program, the choreography is designed to allow ballet dancers to exhibit their remarkable athleticism, all to the score of composer Matthew Hindson. We are particularly excited to see the set for this production, designed by architect Kelvin Ho.

Not convinced? Click here to see more and book your tickets!

Looking Back at 2016

January 2017

With the beginning of a new year also comes time for reflection on the one just passed.

2016 was filled with a number of exciting achievements. Featured in a May edition of Domain's weekly column Amazing Design by Jenny Brown, House. Elysium was once again recently recognised, being deemed one of Australia's Ten Best Houses of 2016 in the publication's end of year review of Australia's newest architecturally designed homes. Featured alongside the revered sculptural work, Indigo Slam of Smart Design Studio along with an exciting assortment of new regional and urban architect designed houses across the country, Architect Prineas was humbled to have a project so close to the ethos and intent of the practice recognised in this way.

This recognition comes after a number of accolades received by House. Elysium throughout the year. Shortlisted in both the 2016 Houses Awards and Australian Interior Design Awards 2016, House. Elysium was also awarded a commendation in the 2016 NSW Architecture Awards in the category Heritage Creative Adaptation.

House. Elysium was not our only project that received commendation in 2016. Apartment. Finger Wharf was recognised as a finalist in the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards while also being shortlisted in the 2016 Houses Awards and Australian Interior Design Awards 2016. The apartment received a commendation in the NSW Archtiecture Awards 2016 in the category of Interior Architecture.

With the recognition for these exciting projects in mind, we cannot wait to share a number of new projects that we have been working towards over the past year in the months to come ... Bring on 2017!