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St Joseph’s Primary School

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Urbanest Carlton

Urbanest Carlton is a new student accommodation development.

Albert Street

As Architects, we are fascinated by the relationship between people and their environment- the way in which people live informs our design.

We strive to create innovative, exciting, integrated spaces that are also appropriate and efficient.

At Albert Street, we have delivered eight homes, rich in space and materials, that are responsive to the local urban landscape and yet do not compromise on quality.

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Bedford Street

Drawing from the local landscape as well as international architecture, Bedford Street reveals all the best in contemporary vertical living.

With north facing aspects, double height spaces and integrated planters, Bedford Street’s five Amsterdam-inspired loft dwellings are architecturally progressive and highly refined.

Paying homage to the historical lineage of the area, Bedford Street showcases contextually sensitive materials and palette.

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Metropolitan Melbourne

Architecturally Metropolitan has been designed to create a point of difference amongst the classical symmetry of the existing streetscape. Bold, modern lines create a dynamic form, emphasised by the irregular patterning of windows to bring a feel of movement to the design.

The highly contrasting black and white palette makes a strong statement of style and sophistication amongst the glass towers and period facades on Bourke Street. While on the street level, bronze tinted glass opens the building to the street, creating a warm, inviting feel that is sure to endear it to the community.

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Walter Carnegie

Walter, a striking new development in the heart of Carnegie, offers an enviable lifestyle. Be charmed by the bohemian atmosphere of an eclectic and culturally rich neighbourhood, with all the conveniences of urban life.

Discover local secrets as you wander through bustling streets and laneways filled with quirky shops, cool cafés and restaurants with mouth-watering flavours from around the world.

Escape the stress of the city as you stroll through parks and wide-open spaces. And relax in the sanctuary of a sophisticated and light-flooded apartment.

Walter offers an exclusive opportunity to live an extraordinary life in one of Melbourne’s most vibrant and thriving suburbs.

Walter Carnegie Website


dKO Architecture was commissioned to design the Clubhouse precinct in this premier lifestyle and leisure development north-west of Sydney.

Conceived to sit into the undulating landscape with exceptional views over the 18 hole Greg Norman-designed championship golf course, the clubhouse includes a restaurant, members bar and function rooms. dKO Interiors worked closely with food and beverage consultants to resolve a functional and efficient planning diagram. The interior finishes set a warm, sophisticated yet vigorous atmosphere.

dKO has designed a contemporary clubhouse that forms a distinct and bold impression within it surrounding environment and sets the pinnacle of exemplary architectural quality. We have delivered a building that provides members and local residents a vibrant establishment, which frames the magnificent views overlooking the first tee.

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Melbourne Office

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439 Docklands Drive

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Sydney Office

38-48 Macarthur Street

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Nominated Architects: Koos de Keijzer 5767 / David Randerson 8542

Company Profile

Company Profile

dKO Architecture is one of Australia’s leading innovative design practices specialising in Urban Design, Architecture and Interior Design.

Established in 2000, with offices in Melbourne and Sydney and with staff in excess of 70, the practice has developed its reputation from extensive experience in the exploration of residential design. Undertaking projects throughout Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, dKO Architecture is highly regarded and awarded in all areas of architecture.

Being clever with space is where we enjoy ourselves and set our ideas free. Our ground breaking and award winning work has concepts blurring outside and inside spaces. We pride ourselves on creating efficient spaces and spaces that are exciting to experience. We create innovative and appropriate designs and believe that form should follow function. Innovation, vision and pioneering new approaches and techniques are the key to each and every project. We are interested in the relationship between people and their environment and consistently push the boundaries of urban design.

We are interested in revolutionary design advancements in sustainable, contextually sensitive, low energy and low environmental impact buildings. Somehow this always enhances their beauty.

All our buildings are considered with the inhabitant as well as the environment in mind. We analyse how people live and recreate and this informs our interior architecture. We believe this process to be integral and holistic from the outset. We love interior architecture and the opportunities created.

Integrating with dKO Architecture, dKO Interiors has been guided by a philosophy of creating a sense of place: well designed and filled with drama, elegance and delight. A seamless continuation of the design service is provided throughout every facet of a project’s evolution. The same level of rigorous design and technical expertise is applied to interior projects as seen on architectural projects.

We are committed to creating projects that have the highest quality, style and sensory appeal that in turn provide a unique sense of place and occasion.

Mason Point

dKO has designed a series of townhouses and apartments for this exciting new precinct for developers Gibson Property and Maddison Projects in South Morang.

Interiors take advantage of views to surrounding parklands and further embrace the abundant natural light and cross ventilation possibilities.

Materiality is contemporary and high end including stone, timber and glass while environmentally sustainable design is a dominant principle.

This exciting precinct will set a new benchmark for medium density projects in Melbourne. For more info, go to Mason Point.

A-G House

This project provided the opportunity to design a contemporary, family home for 3 generations with a love of entertaining.

The home sits gently into the existing topography providing an uncomplicated stage for family interactions.

With a nod to the 1960′s California Modern architectural movement, the residence provides two independent living wings which act as bookends to a shared central outdoor entertaining area.

Large window openings are protected by deep eaves and provide ample opportunity for cross ventilation. Internal spaces are open and clean-lined, dominated by a tactile finishes palette of concrete, bluestone, glass and warm timber.

Separation Street

This project consists of two double-storey contemporary dwellings on a prominent corner site on Separation Street in Northcote.

To capitalise on the spectacular views, northern sunlight and cross ventilation, living precincts are zoned on the upper levels. Dual balconies extend living areas and full height screens beautifully filter light throughout the day. An understated internal palette is complemented by pops of colour and dark joinery in kitchen and living areas.

With a nod to its dynamic urban environment, the form and materials of the buildings are derived from the surrounding housing vernacular of small weatherboard cottages with pitched metal roofs.

Finalist: 2012 World Architecture Festival Award. Winner announced October 2012.


This bayside mid-century residence has been sympathetically transformed to embrace the challenges of dynamic family life. The understated, modernist interior palette ensures a consistent vocabulary which is calming yet considered.

Floor to ceiling windows help blur the boundaries between inside and out and sun-drenched balconies provide an extension to interior living spaces and a connection with the immediate environment including landscaping, pool and cabana.

While fittings and fixtures are intentionally robust, a warm expansive ambience is evident throughout … providing year round welcome to extended family and friends.

KR House

Part of the brief was to retain the existing front portion of this Art Deco-meets-Spanish Bungalow 1950s weatherboard cottage.

A contemporary, open living and kitchen space is plugged to the back of the house opening up completely to the north facing rear garden. Ancillary spaces are tucked behind the living space along the southern boundary allowing the roof plane to float above – enhancing the sense of space and offering highlight strips of sky and borrowed views to the significantly treed landscape of neighbouring yards.

The modernist material palette of burnished concrete floors, concrete block walls offset by contrasting planes of white and charcoal, provides an appropriate canvas for the client’s extensive Danish furniture collection.


Recent Awards

Winner: 2011 UDIA Affordable Development
For Bonner Residential Estate/OwnPlace Program by Land Development Agency

Winner: 2011 UDIA Urban Renewal & President’s Award
For Bonnyrigg Living Communities Project by Becton Property Group Ltd (Bonnyrigg Partnerships)

Winner: 2011 UDIA President’s Award
For Bonnyrigg Living Communities Project by Becton Property Group Ltd (Bonnyrigg Partnerships)

Winner: 2011 Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Award, ‘Masterplanned Development’ category
For Bonnyrigg Living Communities Project in collaboration with Becton Property Group Ltd

Winner: 2011 Master Builders & Boral Award – ‘Townhouses & Villas’ and ‘Medium Density Housing’ categories
For RAM Terraces, ACT

Shortlisted: 2011 Interior Design Excellence Award – ‘Medium Density Apartment’ category
For Bellevue Hill Residence

Voted Room #17 in 2011 Australian House & Garden Top 50 Rooms
For Bellevue Hill Residence

Commendation: ACT Government Design Competition
For Northbourne Flats Regeneration, Canberra

Winner: Grocon Best Master Planned Community Award
Property Council of Australia/ Rider Levett Bucknall 2012 Innovation and Excellence Awards
For Bonnyrigg Living Communities Project

Finalist: 2012 World Architecture Festival Award
For Separation Street Project

4 x 2012 Greensmart Awards. In the categories: Home of the Year, Display Home, Resource Efficiency and Water Efficiency
For Eco Village at the Ponds Project

Kew Display Suite

Situated in Main Drive Kew, the sales and information suite for this important development acts as an entry and contemporary design statement for the Kew Cottages Residential Redevelopment currently being undertaken in collaboration with Walker Corporation.

Appropriate to the project itself, the suite was conceived and delivered to an exacting standard.

In the design of this suite, particular attention was paid to lighting the facility to enhance its positioning within a parkland setting.


This tri-level residence marries the rawness of off-form concrete and glass with the warmth of timber. Designed to take full advantage of sweeping views and the northerly aspect, the house wraps around pool and landscaped areas providing year-round entertainment opportunities.

Full height voids in the entry and main living areas create a sense of openness while filtered light through extensive timber screens provides an ever-changing shadow play.

The upper level floats over the garden to form a large covered outdoor entertaining space. Open-planned living is encouraged on the ground floor level where the boundary between outside and in is indistinguishable.

Bellevue Hill Architecture

A stately Spanish Mission residence receives a 21st Century makeover through the addition of two apartments with fabulous city and harbour views.

Each apartment has flexible light-filled living zones maximising vistas to the north and to the south.

On the rooftop, a 12.5 meter lap pool becomes the highest pool in Bellevue Hill where one can swim from the Opera House to Bondi Beach!


Three different schemes were developed to take full advantage of this compact, North-facing residential block in Melbourne.

Materiality combines robust concrete and glass with warm timber and zinc which will both patina beautifully over time.

Individual pavilions accommodate zoned family living and sleeping areas. A seamless transition to external entertaining precincts is assured including the lap pool which appears to hover above the full height void spilling light and shadow to basement areas below.

In all schemes, light streams through floor to ceiling ‘frameless’ windows and balconies creating a year-round light box affect.


The challenge in this project was to execute a contemporary, dynamic extension to an existing Californian Bungalow house within the strict confines of the heritage overlay.

The original part of the house is retained and the extension is connected to the old house via a glazed walkway which embraces cross ventilation and increases solar amenity to both structures.

The built form wraps around to create several outdoor courtyard spaces and enhances the relationship between inside and outside precincts.

The strong pitched roof form and use of timber cladding in the extension adds a modern twist to the weatherboard Californian bungalow style house.

Northbourne ACT

dKO received a Commendation in the ACT Government’s Northbourne Flats Design Competition. The project brief called for an urban design and architectural response to rejuvenate the Northbourne Flats site along the main north-south arterial road leading into Canberra.

dKO’s proposal creates micro communities within the macro density by forming communal spaces and segmenting building blocks into communal clusters.

The Competition Jury considered dKO’s scheme “offered a more European sensibility based on fluid site planning forms, social needs creating a community within each building element. The spaces between the buildings are organic – presenting an interesting and completely different approach to site planning.”

Banbury Village

Banbury Village is a new urban village located at the former South Pacific Tyres manufacturing site in Footscray.

The development – comprised of two principal land holdings – celebrates the industrial history of Footscray and embraces the future, creating a diverse vibrant village that accommodates differing dwelling densities, architectural styles and a high quality public realm.

The siting and design guidelines provide the framework for the future development with a variety of lot sizes from approximately 130m² for terrace house typologies to above 400m² for larger detached houses.

Stage Two – consisting of 21st Century Terraces – is now complete.

Mount Martha

This cliff-side residence functions effortlessly as a series of defined rooms broken by landscaped sun-drenched courtyards. Cool, clean lines are evident throughout, as is the abundance of natural light and cross ventilation. The floor plan – over two levels and with extended balconies – is configured to take full advantage of sea views and the natural bush setting.

Horizontal planes are broken by glazed expanses optimizing views to the pool, tennis court and sea beyond.

Internally, warm timber marries beautifully with textured concrete and plaster and is further enhanced by the calming, understated palette.


A distinctive corner site in one of Melbourne’s premier bayside locations set the ground rules for this iconic family residence – further reinforcing the strong trend of return to family and a less frenetic lifestyle.

A robust play of light takes the main stage with reflective surfaces such as stainless steel, marble, mirror and glass. A timeless aesthetic is ensured – strongly supported by considered fixtures and finishes, understated lighting and neutral palette.

A seamless transition between indoor & outdoor living is created, taking in the pool and internal courtyard views and further welcoming the sensory connection to sun, sea breezes and the cacophony of sounds of life by the bay.

Silverwater Suite

Situated in San Remo Victoria, this Sales & Information Suite was designed by dKO in connection with the Silverwater Resort. This spectacular Resort is a series of 2 and 3 level apartment buildings planned in 5 distinct precincts to promote existing site features. The resort facility caters for permanent residents and short term holiday guests.

In keeping with the sustainable aesthetics of the resort, the suite features warm timbers and an abundance of natural light.

Situated on the high point of the site and with sweeping views of Western Port Bay, the sales facility was designed for ultimate relocation once the resort had been predominantly sold.


Projects Update

dKO has several projects which are soon to commence construction or are close to completion. A small snapshot follows:

Separation Street

Just completed, this project consists of two double-storey contemporary dwellings on a prominent corner site on Separation Street in Northcote.

To capitalise on the northerly aspect and cross ventilation, living precincts are zoned on the upper levels. With a nod to its dynamic urban environment, the form and materials of the buildings are derived from the surrounding housing vernacular of small weatherboard cottages with pitched metal roofs. In this modern-day version, materiality combines warm timber and glass with robust colourbond on the upper levels. …View project


Close to completion, this project has provided the opportunity to create a contemporary, multi-generational family home on a unique corner block with extensive north facing street frontage east of Melbourne.

The residence will provide two independent living wings which will act as bookends to a shared central outdoor entertaining area. In a style reflecting a high regard for the 1960′s California Modern architectural movement, the home will sit gently into the existing topography and provide an uncomplicated stage for family interactions.

Large window openings are protected by deep eaves and provide ample opportunity for cross ventilation. Internal spaces are relaxed and clean-lined, dominated by a tactile finishes palette of concrete, glass and warm timber. Within this framework, each wing reflects the personality of its inhabitants through custom designed joinery and fittings and furnishing selection. …View project

Burmese School for Refugees

dKO has submitted an entry in the international competition organised by the charity Building Trust International for the design and construction of a modular school for migrant children on the Thai-Burmese border.

The proposed School for Burmese Children presented us with the unique challenge of creating a vibrant and efficient learning environment for refugee children under tough conditions and constraints. Crucial to the design is that it be easily deconstructed and reconstructed throughout its lifetime due to the transitory nature of migrants and refugees in the area and laws governing land ownership of such groups.

dKO’s design comprised used shipping containers which would form the classrooms, offices and wet areas and recycled waterproof billboard vinyl skins, which would form outdoor covered areas. This concept is functional, has relatively low costs and provides a playful, colourful and interactive environment for the children. We would like to thank Jamco Pty Ltd who has already pledged 150 used billboard vinyl skins to the project.

Recent Awards + Accolades

We are thrilled to announce that several dKO projects have been successful in recent awards …as follows:

Winner: 2011 UDIA Affordable Development

For Bonner Residential Estate/OwnPlace Program by Land Development Agency

Winner: 2011 UDIA Urban Renewal & President’s Award

For Bonnyrigg Living Communities Project by Becton Property Group Ltd (Bonnyrigg Partnerships)

…View project

Winner: 2011 UDIA President’s Award

For Bonnyrigg Living Communities Project by Becton Property Group Ltd (Bonnyrigg Partnerships)

Winner: 2011 Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Award, ‘Masterplanned Development’ category

For Bonnyrigg Living Communities Project in collaboration with Becton Property Group Ltd

Winner: 2011 Master Builders & Boral Award – ‘Townhouses & Villas’ and ‘Medium Density Housing’ categories

For RAM Terraces, ACT, Pictured above …View project

Shortlisted: 2011 Interior Design Excellence Award – ‘Medium Density Apartment’ category

For Bellevue Hill Residence

Voted Room #17 in 2011 Australian House & Garden Top 50 Rooms

For Bellevue Hill Residence …View project

Sydney’s Macarthur Gardens Taking Shape

dKO is looking forward to building a great working relationship with yet another home builder. Currently, the first 52 Independent Living Units in Stages and 1 and 2 at Macarthur Gardens are nearing completion with Stages 3 and 4 (49 ILU’s) to be awarded shortly to Clarendon Residential Projects.

dKO is currently working with Stockland on this vibrant community located at Macarthur Gardens which includes 260 Independent Living Units catering for Seniors as well as state of the art community centre facilities.

dKO has developed a new approach to the concept development of Seniors Living Communities and with Macarthur Gardens we have provided full service to Stockland including masterplanning, Independent Living Unit design, community centre design and documentation through to complete contract administration.

Company News

Staff Moves

Associate Director Michael Drescher has extended his role at dKO to include overseeing the Melbourne Interior Design Department while Georgia Cannon takes up the role of Senior Interior Designer alongside Dana Goldberg.

This move adds potency to a large and established team of interior designers who are highly respected within the design community and further solidifies dKO’s commitment to offering a holistic, client-focused approach. We are very excited about the depth and direction of the Interiors Department and are confident of delivering clients a unique and fully integrated design aesthetic as well as a positive commercial outcome.

dKO is now on Facebook and Twitter!

dKO recently joined Facebook, providing the perfect opportunity to share news, views and ideas with our clients, suppliers and other friends of dKO. Please visit often and do the same’s the link.

Or… to follow us on Twitter, go to @dKOArchitecture.

Green Star Architecture

dKO has been a member of the Green Building Council of Australia for two years and we pleased to announced that David Nicholson of the Melbourne office is now a Green Star Associate. This further highlights dKO’s commitment to ethical and sustainable architecture … we are firm believers that good design gives straightforward solutions for achieving sustainable outcomes.

Northbourne ACT Competition

dKO’s entry in the ACT Government’s Northbourne Competition was awarded a Commendation this month. The competition brief called for an urban design and architectural response to rejuvenate the Northbourne Flats site along the main north-south arterial road leading into Canberra. dKO’s proposal created micro communities within the macro density by forming communal spaces and the segmentation of building blocks into communal clusters. …View entry

Koos’s Komment

I’ve recently become aware of a new initiative emanating from the Victorian Government Architect’s office – the Victorian Design Review Panel. Notwithstanding that this is an additional step in the Victorian planning process I think this is a fabulous move. Too many decisions on design and architecture are made inappropriately and for the wrong reasons during the design process. Having a panel of appropriate professionals can assist and support in the often arduous process of design approvals.

The design process is often exclusively between the client and architect and eventually the determining authority. Having a panel can flush out different ideas and potentially lead to better outcomes.

At dKO we currently have a process whereby other designers and architects peer review our work as we believe it always provides a better result. Working collaboratively with other architects in Australia, New Zealand and Asia has certainly improved our work and provided a better environment for all.

Saville on Gray

dKO Architecture’s first civic building in Brisbane provided an opportunity to combine contemporary, value driven design with commercial smarts across several disciplines. A mixed use residential and hotel building; a strong attempt was made to define a new Queensland response to climate and its effect on large buildings.

Both exterior and interior spaces demonstrate a considered focus on an iconic architectural design statement, the end result being the production of a workable and liveable environment – an environment that is sustainable, contextually sensitive and imparts low ecological impact.

Designed in collaboration with Fairweather Proberts.

Client / Stockland Trust Group


dKO, with MAB Corporation, is developing the New Quay Central Masterplan in Melbourne’s Docklands with a scheme that seeks to transform the existing Waterfront City Precinct into a true waterfront and community destination.

The project will revitalize the existing retail, community and public realm by creating a major public park, residential buildings and an international hotel.

dKO has designed a rich and articulate masterplan that breathes new life into the existing precinct whilst providing strategic connections to Melbourne’s Docklands and afar.

It is anticipated construction will commence in 2012.

Metro 3175

dKO conceived and constructed the ‘Discovery Pavilion’, located in Dandenong to the north of Melbourne in response to VicUrban’s brief for a sales and information suite at the Metro 3175 housing development.

This simple prefabricated solution was commissioned and assembled on-site in two weeks.

As further testament to the versatility of modular constructions of this type and their suitability as sales and marketing suites, the building was dismantled, packed up and moved to another site in the city after a successful sales campaign.

Bellevue Hill Interiors

A Spanish Mission facade hides a minimalist interior.

Spaces that seamlessly flow from inside to outside have been designed to maximise the million dollar views while also providing a sense of intimacy and of home.

The palette does not intend to challenge the user, but rather encase them lightly. The emphasis on function and the use of natural light aims to create space and openness with a paired back contemporary interior to suit all future occupants. The design intent has created a monochromatic home of smooth surfaces and planes, light and shadow.

Shortlisted in this year’s Interior Design Excellence Awards and voted Room #17 in Australian House & Garden’s Top 50 Rooms for 2011.


A quiet retreat nestled above the fracas of its inner-urban environment, this apartment acts as a counterpoint to traditional notions of small apartment living.

dKO Interiors has created a warm and open family environment – the primary colour palette of earthy neutrals lends a sense of expansiveness to the space and is accented by pops of vibrant colour designed to draw the eye in to key focal points.

A sensational terrace with clever storage and seating options extends the entertainment zone, creating an enhanced sense of volume and space while taking full advantage of superb views over the city.

Quite simply, a sanctuary to enjoy above the urban whirl below.

Boyd School

dKO’s proposal for Melbourne’s Boyd School Redevelopment focused on horizontal and vertical connections: connections through the site to the surrounding community and connections within the proposed building and environment to create a vertical village integrating with, and providing a new destination for the local community.

Housing a diverse mix of inhabitants including low cost and market apartment dwellers and care residents in a range of apartment sizes and typologies scattered throughout the building promotes a new social mix.

The vertical village is expressed by breaking the traditional tower over podium model into a series of stacked forms that relate to the varied public and private functions.

Crace, ACT

The new $300m suburb of Crace in Canberra will provide approx 1500 new homes within a suburb based on location, livability & lifestyle.

dKO’s role is to ensure quality of the architectural expression through the creation of the community style guide as well as the design of a range of attached urban terrace homes and detached suburban precinct homes for Defense Housing Australia. With 7 different floor plans, each home has a distinct character when viewed from the street, providing visual interest.

Using the latest technology and clever urban design, Crace is set to be one of the most environmentally friendly suburbs in Australia, already achieving accreditation from HIA under its GreenSmart program – the first suburb in the ACT to do so.

Emerant Lane

Emerant Lane is a stylish boutique apartment complex in the leafy streets of Lane Cove, NSW.

The apartment building offers a range of quiet, private and beautifully appointed one, two and three bedroom residences.

Designed to set a new benchmark in innovative and practical living, the design delivers spacious, light-filled apartments with beautifully considered interiors.

Offering North-facing layouts and high ceilings the sense of openness is further enhanced by deep balconies that open onto the treetops taking in breathtaking views to the water and city beyond.

RAM Terraces

Designed and built as part of the ACT Land Development Agency’s ‘Own Place’ affordable housing program, this exciting project provides affordable house and land packages for the threshold of $328,000.

With North to the rear, the 2 B/R and 3 B/R terraces enjoy year-round solar amenity. Contemporary ground floor through living promotes cross flow ventilation and appeals to the younger home buyer. dKO’s modern approach showcases colour and pattern, through light weight material, in creating an identity to each home.

Winner of the 2011 Master Builders & Boral Award – ‘Townhouses & Villas’ and ‘Medium Density Housing’ categories.

Williams Landing

Commissioned by Cedar Woods, this building acts as both a visual cue from the highway and the sales and marketing precinct. Internal fittings and features provide an uncluttered and relaxing environment, enabling the developers to present the Williams Landing residential development in Laverton, Victoria to consumers.

It features ample storage for in-house sales material, a kitchenette and provision of space for signing-off on purchases.

While it was the first building on site, intelligent design means the structure can be dismantled and relocated to other parts of the large site as new phases of the development open to the public.

The Edge

Designed for Rawson Homes as part of the company’s ‘Rebuild with Rawson’ range, this is a home design that features clean lines, zoned living in a flexible floorplan and an abundance of natural light. It is a contemporary and significant residence where the boundary between outside and in is indistinguishable.

Materiality combines warm timber with reflective surfaces such as stainless steel, mirror and glass. Fixtures and finishes are considered while robust lighting options are countered by the neutral palette.

The Edge display home is now open to the public at Homeworld V in Kellyville, NSW. For more information go to Rawson Homes.

Kew Masterplan

dKO Architecture’s approach was to design a series of unique dwellings that capture and embody the qualities offered on each site. The interiors are designed to take full advantage of views, sun and landscape.

Each interior has been designed with the intent of creating an individual and timeless aesthetic. Extensive use of glass maximises solar orientation and facilitates park views enhancing the “living in a garden” thematic approach.

A predominantly neutral palette enables the end user to introduce individuality to spaces – creating highly personalized interiors – paramount in a multi-dwelling development.

Sotos Residence

On a compact inner-city corner block, the challenge was to create the illusion of space while accommodating a growing family. The main entry – accessed from the backyard – is via a 6-metre high atrium, at which time the sky and an internal courtyard are encountered. This atrium also forms part of the living area – further reinforcing a sense of openness. The building wrap of screened aluminium blurs the boundary between interior and exterior, while creating a translucency which softens the impact and creates a foil to the black corrugated structure behind.

Both light and space are delivered with this design. By utilising full height voids and translucent materials, suddenly the compact becomes voluminous.

Dudley St

Located on Brighton’s ‘Golden Mile’, dKO has designed 18 apartments to embrace the very best of relaxed bayside living – incorporating cross ventilation of fresh air and abundant natural light.

The executive apartments are two storey and consist of 11 x 2 bedroom and 7 x 3 bedroom dwellings. The considered interiors are deliberately pared back to enable residents to introduce their own unique style and aesthetic.

Extensive terraces and verdant courtyards extend sleeping and living precincts, further welcoming the space and light which are so intrinsic to these sophisticated, contemporary residences.


Latest Press

As part of Melbourne’s 2011 State of Design Festival, designers were invited to submit concepts that improved the pedestrian experience and increased activity on the northern side of Collins Street Bridge. The brief was to provide an installation that looked beautiful and encouraged active participation.

dKO submitted two designs – both of which were shortlisted – with our entry ‘Re-tuned’ awarded 2nd Prize.

‘Re-tuned’ reinvented the bridge as a musical instrument with pedestrians actively engaged in “playing” the bridge, discovering its hidden song by striking the individual discs with a light-weight timber baton which brought forth a range of octaves along its length.

More details at: State of Design

Newleaf Bonnyrigg

Newleaf Bonnyrigg breathes new life into the former Housing New South Wales suburb of Bonnyrigg.

Newleaf is a vibrant and growing community of public and private dwellings, designed to be open, family-friendly as well as providing residents with easy access to the many nearby services, schools and recreation facilities.

The build out masterplan produced by dKO delivers approximately 2500 dwellings, ranging from duplex, compact lot, courtyard homes and apartments.

In July 2011 Bonnyrigg was awarded the Masterplanned Development Award by Urban Taskforce Australia.

Villas Saujana

In addition to the Saujana Resort Residences, dKO has designed five privately-owned villas overlooking the Saujana Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur.

The three level executive residences capture cross-ventilation of fresh air and abundant natural light to zoned living and sleeping precincts. While these are contemporary residences, the design is an interpretation of Modernism in a simple, clean way. Indoor rooms are flooded with unexpected light and help to create a feeling of space and openness. While outdoor rooms further enhance the ‘living in a garden’ thematic, encompassing extensive views over the golf course resort without impacting on resident privacy.

Breezewall House

As part of the “About Face” campaign, 7 architects were approached by Think Brick Australia to conceive an innovative design that would re-think the aesthetic possibilities of face-brick design and as a result reinvigorate the use of brick in housing construction.

dKO’s entry ‘Breezewall House’ re-invents the traditional Queenslander and features modulated bricks that are peeled apart from each other to result in a light effect that mimics being in the treetops while regulating temperatures throughout the ground and first floor spaces.

Breezewall’s elevated cube appears to float above the ground, allowing maximum airflow. At the same time, the brick veil creates a more intimate and private zone for the upstairs bedrooms.

St Joseph’s

dKO was commissioned to design the student library and associated facilities at St Joseph’s Primary School in Collingwood. With the modern day library, the task is to create spaces that meet the challenges brought about by ever-changing technology as well as providing for a dynamic and diverse age group within the primary school learning spectrum. Quality of light, an intelligent use of space and the management of internal traffic areas and noise control are addressed.

dKO’s design has delivered an environment which encourages vibrant student interaction while accommodating quiet study areas plus considered and abundant storage options.

We have delivered a beautiful, effective library which we believe will be a source of pride for the entire school community.

312 Latrobe

dKO’s brief was to design a purpose-built student accom-modation facility to meet the study, living and social requirements of university students in Melbourne’s CBD. This includes a vibrant living environment for up to 1250 students as well as related communal leisure space and management facilities.

Vital to the design is sympathy with surrounding buildings, in particular the neighbouring 160 year old Welsh Church. The site is subject to a Design Development Overlay which seeks to encourage active frontages at ground level, providing for ease of pedestrian movement.

Beaumont Centre

The VCC’s Beaumont Centre in Auckland is a flourishing centre for worship as well as a successful venue for community events in this vibrant New Zealand city.

dKO has been commissioned to design a new administration building, terrace areas and a 3 level carpark as well as reinvigorate the multi-purpose room & related amenities areas in the existing auditorium.

A distinctive feature of the new centre will be the decorative perforated aluminium screen to the north facade as well as zinc cladding to the top level over a glass and hebel base – routed with a pattern replicating the strata lines in the surrounding cliffs.

76 The Esplanade

dKO is proud of its commitment to the design and delivery of medium and high density residential developments. With 76 The Esplanade, dKO has conceived a series of apartments that showcases our passion for the delivery of sustainable communities while affording fabulous amenity for residents. The planning of internal and external living spaces is given particular attention as the integration of these precincts is an integral aspect of Australian living. Each apartment is designed to bring the views and landscape right into your living space while not impacting on privacy. The result is an energy efficient, design-driven project – a place where balance has been achieved between the natural and built environment.

Ascot Vale

dKO was commissioned to design this residential tower with associated retail precinct. The tower is broken into 3 distinct sections with varying heights and functions to reduce visual bulk. The articulated facades create a variety of viewer experiences and responds to environmental and urban conditions.

Facade systems respond to solar orientation with varying degrees of opening and privacy. The breakup of eastern facade reduces mass and adds visual interest while the unique corner treatment encourages increased pedestrian permeability.

A recreational centre is linked to a roof-top garden and the design also includes an open courtyard space.

Carlton Housing

dKO was involved in the extensive redevelopment/regeneration project, Carlton Affordable Housing, as the lead architects of a consortium including KSK Property Group, EDAW, MDG Landscape Architects, SJB Architects, Wood Marsh Architects and others.

The proposed scheme involved an in-depth study of the existing conditions and the different ways to make Carlton a better place to live. It took into careful consideration the socio-economic conditions of the end-users as well as the political and financial restraints of the client.

The thorough approach in the design and background research of this project was recognised when this submission was shortlisted by the Victorian Office of Housing.


Far from a reinvention of the bush shack, dKO’s design is about creating a calming personal sensory connection with the surrounding bushland.

The house nestles into the landscape and features open plan living organized into zones, embracing interaction with friends and family in this natural setting.

Cross ventilation of fresh air entering the house and pushing warm air outside creates cool living conditions while light – both filtered and robust – is harnessed throughout the day.

Extensive use of natural, sustainable materials ensures a celebration of this organic environment and of the ancient river red gums that are so integral to life in this border town.

Main Road

This mixed use development in Eltham has been designed with a fresh approach to understanding and addressing the site’s surrounding environment and landscape interface, by presenting a collection of houses within an urban parkland.

dKO’s design makes a strong reference to local precedents via a contemporary adaptation of vernacular forms such as the skillion roofs, articulated roofs and facades.

This development, though contemporary in outlook, is deeply rooted within its site context, and is considered to be a strong local precedent for future developments in Eltham.

Construction due to commence 2011.

Saujana Resort Residences

The Saujana Resort Residences are situated within the grounds of Kuala Lumpur’s prestigious Saujana Golf and Country Club.

The initial stage has 31 exclusive residences and lies within an overall masterplan containing 24.5 hectares within the golf resort. Working with the natural topography of the land and existing vegetation, dKO has created a comfortable walkable environment with community landscaped areas overlooking the resort.

Cross-ventilation of fresh air and abundant natural light are key features of the residences together with the generous covered outdoor rooms, designed to connect seamlessly with main living zones and expand the entertainment space during frequent social gatherings.


Located in the heart of South Yarra and bounded by Chapel, Malcolm & River Streets, SY21 is a development combining four individual residential buildings comprising 360 apartments, an integrated communal gymnasium and indoor pool facility.

This is a vibrant development that takes full advantage of natural light and views across the Yarra while not impacting on resident privacy. The complex sits confidently within the surrounding high-rise developments in this highly regarded shopping, restaurant & entertainment precinct.

Pops of gregarious external colour further accentuate the vibrancy of this Melbourne development.

Designed while with HPA / Mirvac.

Forest Ridge

Located less than 20km from the Melbourne CBD this 30+ acre site is a combination of small brown and green field development. It is well serviced by Melbourne’s public transport service with trams and buses within walkable distances. Situated within an established neighbourhood with undulating land, most dwellings enjoy view lines towards the Dandenong Ranges to the east.

Numerous designed housing products are used to create a contemporary urban environment within this complex setting. The masterplan provides for a potential yield of around 340+ dwellings incorporated into generously landscaped areas.

Highlands Community Centre

dKO Architecture was commissioned to design a community centre for residents of the Stockland retirement village in Craigieburn. This single story building will provide a welcoming and vibrant centrepoint in this exciting new residential precinct.

The building includes a commercial kitchen, dining areas, billiards room, media room & library, medical rooms and nurses accommodation as well as a swimming pool and town hall.

Setting new standards, dKO and Stockland are creating a distinctive and vibrant neighbourhood at Highlands – where residents can enjoy social interaction in a contemporary sophisticated environment.


This 19 storey residential building sits on the high point of St. Leonards Hill in Sydney. 194 design-driven one, two and three bedroom apartments feature considered fixtures and fittings as well as generous open-plan living spaces taking advantage of extensive views across the harbour city.

A large recreational deck is accessible to all residents and the residential tower incorporates a high-end retail precinct on the ground floor.

This project is a true representation of dKO Architecture’s acumen in the combination of contemporary design and commercial smarts in all design solutions.

Designed for Stockland Trust Group with Nettleton Tribe Architects.


Melbourne’s premier boulevard – St Kilda Road – lays the ground rules for this iconic residential apartment tower.

Intelligent use of space is a high priority. The end result is architecture which maximizes the functionality of the interior spaces whilst maintaining an engaging enduring aesthetic. A robust play of light on reflective surfaces such as tile, marble and glass is ensured by floor to ceiling windows, taking in views over Albert Park Lake, the city and Botanic Gardens.

Alto further reinforces dKO’s commitment to create projects that reflect the highest quality, style and sensory appeal.

One Church

The design of the Church focused on reinventing the modern day church to create a multi purpose community and youth centre for all people. The result is a centre that encourages community based activities and provides an ideal vehicle for sharing information, ideas and resources.

The building contains a coffee shop, function rooms, youth centre, reception area, breakout spaces and a 500 seat auditorium. Construction of this project was undertaken whilst maintaining full operation of the Church facilities.

Client / BCCC.

Completed / 2008.

Yarra’s Edge

The masterplan for Yarra’s Edge is a unique village style marine neighbourhood of 14.5 hectares in the heart of Melbourne’s Docklands. Stretching 1.5kms along the southern bank of the Yarra between Charles Grimes Bridge and Bolte Bridge, Yarra’s Edge offers an exclusive and tranquil waterfront lifestyle. Stage 1 boasts five stunning residential apartment towers, retail, mixed use and parkland areas. A place where residents can be in the vibrant restaurant, nightlife and theatre district within minutes and then retreat into their own idyllic space to relax and enjoy the view.

Designed whilst with HPA.

Shalimar Salon

dKO is committed to creating projects that reflect the highest quality, style and sensory appeal, providing a unique sense of place and occasion. The interior intent for Shalimar was to highlight the mood and the experience that stimulate the senses during a ‘trip to the salon’. Wallpaper and chandelier lighting have been featured in a whimsical yet understated fashion – further providing a play on colour, light and texture.

A sophisticated luxe ambiance has been created that further highlights the special intent of the interior; fixtures and furniture are beautiful and considered.

Further, an intelligent use of space has been a high priority which enhances a sense of calm and order, optimising the client experience.

Precinct Apartments

The apartments at Precinct are designed in such a manner to provide multiple living opportunities. These opportunities create an ‘easy living’ experience that is non-formulaic or contrived but highly personalized. Solar orientation is maximized through the use of extensive glass and reflective surfaces while a considered and predominantly neutral palette enables the end user to introduce their own personality to the spaces. Living and bathroom areas feature beautiful and considered fixtures; European appliances are featured in kitchens.

An intelligent use of the space results in a design which maximizes the functionality of the compact spaces whilst maintaining an engaging and appealing aesthetic which is enduring.


A steep, heavily treed block in Melbourne’s East brought several challenges with the design brief for this residence.

Light is the main player – both filtered and robust. Beautifully finished joinery and considered fixtures intermingle with contemporary floor and wall finishes. Sustainable materials have been utilised for exteriors – further capitalizing on the natural setting. The design intent is not formulaic or contrived but highly personalised.

Extensive views from several vantage points have been achieved without impacting on privacy. The result is an urban residence which blends beautifully with its idyllic bushland setting, creating a personal sensory connection with nature.


Located in a lush, natural setting with breathtaking views, this unique development is just 10 minutes west of the beaches of Burleigh Heads, Queensland.

dKO designed a series of residences which embrace the true nature of indoor/outdoor living while meeting the challenges of the QLD climate. Solar orientation and cross ventilation are maximized throughout the designs; natural timbers, stone and glass are dominant and provide welcome modernisation of the archetypal Queenslander.

This is a masterplan which respects the environment and the resident; the design intent is conceived to ensure sustainability and longevity have equal footing.

Client / Stockland

Victoria Point

This iconic development includes a 42 level residential tower, 10m storey office building and 5 storey serviced apartments on a raised parking and retail podium. The striking tower is the centerpiece of the rejuvenated Docklands precinct.

Victoria Point further reinforces dKO’s commitment to create projects that reflect the highest quality, style and sensory appeal, providing a unique sense of place and occasion. This in turn brings together a combination of functionality and a design intent that is timeless rather than transitory.

Client / Devine

Completed / 2006

Documentation by Buchan Group


Modular or pre-fabricated construction is an environmentally reasonable choice for the construction industry designed specifically to suit any tailor-made setting. With its strength features re-usability, less site interference and waste, efficiency in material management, completed ventilation system and quicker build times compared to site-built construction.

With our growing population and the need to increase building sustainability, dKO is committed to further exploring modular housing solutions that are design led, value driven and environmentally responsible. Furthermore, dKO believes that modular housing should not only include a quicker construction time but it should also be affordable, flexible and highly adaptable.


Located at the heart of South Yarra on a compact infill site, this development consists of 40 individually designed apartments all with a car park as well as a number of retail shops.

With a unique pedestrian entry off Toorak Road, this development is sensitive to the local urban character and adds value and interest to the streetscape.

Client / Deal Corporation

Completed / 2007


The project brief incorporates urban planning and architectural design of a new integrated community consisting of 110 homes 8kms from the Melbourne CBD.

Essence offers a range of lifestyle options comprising 3 and 4 bedroom family homes, with a superior standard in sustainable residential design, value and a considered fitout. Extensive landscaping creates a living in a village feel while providing privacy – important in a medium density development.

Amenity is further enhanced by the prevalence of restaurants, cafes, shopping, schools, public transport, community and recreation facilities – all accessed via the walking trails of the Maribyrnong River.

King William University

This heritage listed building was refurbished and retrofitted to accommodate 70 apartments. With a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms, it was marketed to cater for the increasing demand on student accommodation in Adelaide. Function shared equal billing with form in this instance and careful consideration was given to natural light, internal traffic areas and noise control to achieve the right balance between community and privacy. The result is an environment which encourages vibrant student interaction while accommodating quiet study areas as well as contemporary functional living quarters.

Client / Brico

Winner of the 2006 Laminex Design Award


The Silverwater resort in San Remo is a series of 2 and 3 level apartment buildings planned in five distinct precincts to promote existing site features. With 164, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, the resort facility caters for permanent residents and short term holiday guests.

The 12 hectare undulating site with sweeping views of Westernport Bay and Philip Island has allowed optimum views from most apartments and includes a central facility incorporating indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gymnasium and restaurant.


48 integrated homes designed around a park front setting ensure harmonious comfortable living with the natural surrounds. The masterplan development creates a central east-west, top to bottom green spine down the site placing the homes on a parkscape rather than a streetscape, giving the development a sense of place and character.

The park front houses which run east-west across the site are rear loaded to maximise frontage to the park; while garages are fitted with studio tops. Courtyard spaces function as true indoor/outdoor rooms with an emphasis on integrating the plan with the landscape.

Awarded UDIA Best Residential Development NSW 2005.


When complete, Aurora will comprise up to 8,500 homes for an anticipated population of 25,000, making it the largest community established by VicUrban. dKO has developed the masterplan and built form controls with a select group of builders to produce a variety of housing typologies – from higher density homes and apartments to larger blocks.

Aurora is based around the principles of ecologically and environmentally sustainable development. dKO’s role was to develop and reshape the masterplan, introducing new and innovative housing types to create a community that is capable of achieving 6 star rated housing with efficient land use.

The Melburnian

An iconic building on Melbourne’s premier boulevard, this prestigious luxury residential development won the 2003 AIA Award for Medium Density Residential.

With its signature podium bluestone treatment and grand curved facades of tinted glass, the stunning modern twin-towered complex comprises four distinct living precincts including 237 apartments and townhouses. Individual apartments are designed to take advantage of extensive views; considered fixtures and fittings.

This is an important building in an equally important arts, parks and business precinct of Melbourne.

Completed / 2003

Designed while with HPA / Mirvac.

Eco Living

With sustainability being more important in this growing market, dKO Architecture in collaboration with Landcom and Clarendon Homes, has designed and built the innovative Eco-Living Display Homes at The Ponds in Sydney, which offers a perfect example of the successful amalgamation of quality design, sustainability and affordability. The project demonstrates the tangible way of the development industry, the latest design & material in sustainability working together to achieve the same outcome.

Eco-Living Display Homes provides the opportunity for the industry and prospective home buyers, to come in, walk around and actually understand the ways sustainability and design integrate. Sustainability does not mean going without, rather sustainability is about high performance and precision, and Eco-Living validates that sustainability can be stylish, comfortable and cost effective.

Each of the three sustainable homes at The Ponds in Sydney’s northwest pushes innovative sustainability concepts and designs in a different way. The Benchmark Home demonstrates current best practice in project home design and construction; the Greencycle Home will maximise environmentally friendly products and materials during construction; and the Net Zero Emissions Home will generate its own independent energy and water.

Winner of four 2012 Greensmart Awards in the categories: Home of the Year, Display Home, Resource Efficiency and Water Efficiency


Located in the outer regions of Newcastle, Sanctuary is in the process of transforming into a high quality residential community of 700 dwellings. With the community centre strategically sited in the centre, providing residents access to a high level of amenities and livability, and integrating within a diverse mix of housing types proposed to suit a range of family dwellings. dKO Architecture have developed a masterplan that focuses on sustainability and livability, with a direct response to the unique surrounding wetland environment.