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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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


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.


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


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.

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.