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New Award
Nov 23, 2021
The Rochester highly commended at this year’s Think Brick Awards
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The Rochester highly commended at this year’s Think Brick Awards

The Rochester, a collaboration with OLA Studio, has been highly commended at this year’s Think Brick Awards for the Kevin Borland Masonry Award. The award recognises outstanding architectural designs that incorporate the use of concrete masonry for both commercial and residential built projects.⁠

Arkadia featured in new book ‘Curved’
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Arkadia featured in new book ‘Curved’

In Curved: Bending Architecture, Agata Toromanoff seeks out the most dramatic contemporary buildings from around the world that incorporate wave-like, rounded forms into their design. Arkadia, our collaboration with DKO and Oculus, features among some other incredible projects.⁠ Read more about Arkadia and its curves.

New Award
Nov 16, 2021
Award commendation for the Cobargo Santa Project
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Award commendation for the Cobargo Santa Project

Our Cobargo Santa Project has received a commendation at the 2021 ArchiTeam Awards in the Innovation and Contribution category. Dear to our hearts, the Cobargo Santa Project, is a home we designed pro-bono for RFS firefighter Dave and his wife Barbara after bushfires ravaged their town of Cobargo in 2020, where they found themselves under-insured and starting from scratch. Read the full story.

New Award
Nov 12, 2021
Double winner at Sustainability Awards 2021
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Double winner at Sustainability Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce two Breathe projects were recognised at this year’s Sustainability Awards. ONA Coffee Melbourne, a 100% fossil fuel free café in Brunswick won in the Commercial Architecture (Small) category, and Breese Street, our wonderful collaboration with DKO and Milieu, took out the award for Multi Residential Dwelling.

Will they Renovate or Rebuild?
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Will they Renovate or Rebuild?

It's the episode you’ve been waiting for! Tune in on Monday, 1 November to catch Director of Houses, Madeline Sewall and the Breathe team on Renovate or Rebuild — a new TV show on a mission to make sustainable design the new norm. On this episode Jesse and Mel (Team Renovate) maintain their lead over Bec and George (Team Rebuild) as they go head to head on Victoria’s beautiful Phillip Island to help a family decide if they should Renovate or Rebuild. 8.30pm, Monday 1 November on 9Life.

New Award
Oct 18, 2021
Arkadia wins 2021 Frame Award for Co-Living Complex of the Year
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Arkadia wins 2021 Frame Award for Co-Living Complex of the Year

We are delighted to announce that Arkadia, an incredible collaboration from Breathe, DKO and Oculus, has won the 2021 Frame Award for Co-Living Complex of the Year. At its core, Arkadia was designed to be environmentally and socially sustainable, while capturing the memory of its past. Revealing the history of the site are nearly half a million recycled bricks paying homage to the clay quarries and brick factories that stood there in centuries past.

“This project questions the way we live — the existing housing system — and this is the whole purpose of design: questioning the status quo!”  — Frame Awards Grand Jury.

New Award
Oct 12, 2021
Breathe shortlisted at the UDIA Victoria 2021 Awards
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Breathe shortlisted at the UDIA Victoria 2021 Awards

Breese Street by Milieu, a collaboration by Breathe and DKO, has been shortlisted in the UDIA Victoria 2021 Awards for Excellence. The Victorian wards of the Urban Development Institute of Australia celebrate unique, boundary-pushing design excellence in the development industry.

New Award
Sep 22, 2021
Breathe shortlisted at Frame Awards 2021
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Breathe shortlisted at Frame Awards 2021

Edgars Creek House has been shortlisted for House of the Year and Arkadia, a collaboration with DKO and Oculus, has been shortlisted for Co-Living Complex of the Year at the Frame Awards 2021! The winners will be announced in October.

New Award
Sep 21, 2021
Breathe shortlisted for four Sustainability Awards
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Breathe shortlisted for four Sustainability Awards

Ona Coffee Melbourne, Breese St by Milieu and Breathe × Spacecube have all been shortlisted at the 2021 Sustainability Awards. As well as these incredible projects, Bonnie Herring, Breathe’s Director of Architecture and Sustainability, has been shortlisted for the Women in Sustainability Award.  The awards will be announced in November.

Breathe cameo on Renovate or Rebuild
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Breathe cameo on Renovate or Rebuild

Renovate or Rebuild will premiere on 9Life in October and Breathe make a special guest appearance in one of the episodes. The show features “Team Renovate” and “Team Rebuild”, battling it out to see whose home design will win over the client.⁠⁠⁠⁠ Breathe Director of Houses, Madeline Sewall was invited onto the show to help each team work through different design options, the pros and cons of a renovation versus a new build, and the best ways to incorporate sustainability initiatives in each option for a happy home owner and a happy planet. ⁠⁠ Who will win? That’s the question. Stay tuned for episode air date!⁠⁠ Watch the official trailer here.

Going carbon neutral with Brickworks
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Going carbon neutral with Brickworks

Breathe Director of Architecture and Sustainability, Bonnie Herring, joined like minded sustainability leaders WOWOWA and SJB to see Brickworks launch their carbon offsetting program – achieving sustainability targets and building a better future for both business and the planet.  Bonnie said, "Breathe were early signatories to Architects Declare Australia, which is an acknowledgement that we’re all facing the twin threats of climate change and biodiversity loss. So we’ve been really vocal advocates, appealing to the broader industry to go carbon neutral. It’s energising to see the expanded carbon neutral offer by Brickworks and I hope to see more industry leaders and suppliers coming to the forefront, and matching this challenge."

Breathe presents Nightingale Ngawan and Nightingale Yambook
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Breathe presents Nightingale Ngawan and Nightingale Yambook

Designed by Breathe, Nightingale Ngawan and Nightingale Yambook will join the Wurru-wurru and Laak communities at 215 Albion Street, Brunswick. Each community features Teilhaus, one and two bedroom apartments and are designed around an expansive, regenerative, biodiverse and lush courtyard, providing a passive cooling effect and cross ventilation to the apartments above. For more information about upcoming information sessions, visit the Nightingale Housing website.

New Award
Aug 24, 2021
Ona Coffee shortlisted at the Eat Drink Design Awards
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Ona Coffee shortlisted at the Eat Drink Design Awards

The shortlist for the 2021 Eat Drink Design Awards has been revealed and Ona Coffee Melbourne has been nominated for Best Cafe Design. One of Australia’s first hospitality projects to be completely carbon neutral in operations, Ona is exceptional in its sustainability outcomes. Reflective of Ona’s values of prioritising sustainability and approachability, this café is about creating an inviting, humble and personal space to enjoy, appreciate and learn about coffee.

The Cobargo Santa Project on ABC Radio National
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The Cobargo Santa Project on ABC Radio National

Last week, ABC Radio National reported on the release of the IPCC report and how to adapt to the effects of climate change. Breathe Director of Houses Madeline Sewall and her wonderful client David Rugendyke joined the breakfast program to speak about rebuilding Dave’s home after the Cobargo bushfires of 2020, and how to build back better. Listen here.

No. More. Gas.
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No. More. Gas.

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate report is out and, well, it’s terrifying. Described as a ‘code red for humanity‘, it serves as yet another wake-up call to governments to take immediate action. While we continue to wait for them to do so, there are things we, as architects and building professionals, can do. One of the most important steps is to never specify gas in a project again, and instead switch to a mix of solar and 100% certified GreenPower. The more fossil fuels we burn, the worse this crisis is going to get.⁠ The report is confronting, but it details what can be done to tackle the crisis if we act now. Everyone can play a small part.

New Award
Aug 6, 2021
Breese St gets INDE Honourable Mention
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Breese St gets INDE Honourable Mention

Breese Street by Milieu, a great collaboration between Breathe and DKO, has received an Honourable Mention in the Multi-Residential Building category at the 2021 INDE Awards. Breese Street was informed through careful study of the requirements of urban living, anchored in nurturing community and championing sustainability. The architecture fits the narrative of Brunswick’s industrial heritage of the past while leading to a sustainable future.

Breathe presents Nightingale Wurru-wurru and Nightingale Laak
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Breathe presents Nightingale Wurru-wurru and Nightingale Laak

Designed by Breathe, Nightingale Wurru-wurru and Laak are two new communities coming soon for Brunswick. Sustainability is at the core of every design decision and in collaboration with Openwork, living greenery will play a key role across each community from ground to rooftop. Teilhaus, one and two bedroom apartments are now available via a ballot that is open now. Visit the Nightingale website to find out more and enter the ballot, or view our project page.

The Australian Institute of Architects commits to carbon neutrality
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The Australian Institute of Architects commits to carbon neutrality

The climate crisis is the most challenging and urgent issue facing our time. At Breathe, we recognise that as architects we are uniquely placed to help lead the transition to a carbon free future. Breathe has been carbon neutral since 2017. In excellent news, The Australian Institute of Architects, the peak body for the architecture profession in Australia, has committed to their carbon neutral journey and has called on the Australian Government to establish a national plan towards zero carbon buildings by 2030. In addition, the Institute is urging all architecture practices to get on board and has setup a dedicated page with all the resources and information needed to join more than 200 architecture firms that have already begun their process towards becoming carbon neutral.

New Award
Jul 19, 2021
Breathe collects three awards at DRIVENxDESIGN 2021
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Breathe collects three awards at DRIVENxDESIGN 2021

Breathe has won three medals at this year’s DRIVENxDESIGN Melbourne Design Awards. The awards celebrate and honour the role of design and the skills of designers. We are pleased to announce that Ona Coffee won Silver in the Hospitality Interiors category, Edgars Creek House won Gold in the Residential Architecture category, and The Melbourne Recovery Centre has also taken out Gold in the Proposed Architecture category. View our full list of awards.

What it means to ‘Heal Country’
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What it means to ‘Heal Country’

As part of NAIDOC Week, the Breathe team spent an afternoon with Your Yorta, Wurundjeri, Boon Wurrung man Shane Charles. Shane shared stories from his life and culture, what ‘Heal Country’ means, and ways we can all contribute to reconciliation. Thank you Shane for sharing your knowledge and orientating us on Country. More impressions on Instagram.

Associate at Breathe: Camilla Burke
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Associate at Breathe: Camilla Burke

We are pleased to share that Camilla Burke has been promoted to Associate at Breathe. The talented Cami has led numerous multi-residential and hospitality projects with a particular knack for delivering community-focused projects that strive to connect their inhabitants. Her experience is broad, working on a range of project types and scales, including numerous community centres, hospitality venues, residential and social and affordable housing projects. Cami started working at Breathe in 2019 and quickly cemented herself as a natural leader, working with her team across all project phases from design concept to contract administration. Lucky for us, with Cami, comes Remi, a welcome, wire-haired dachshund addition to our canine team. Congratulations Cami!

Director at Breathe: Madeline Sewall
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Director at Breathe: Madeline Sewall

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Madeline Sewall to the role of Director at Breathe. Madeline has been an Associate and Head of Houses since 2020 and has proven herself to be a natural leader, championing Breathe’s residential projects with passion, tenacity, empathy and humility. Maddie has a knack for building trusting and collaborative relationships with each client and collaborator she works with, establishing healthy project teams that have mutual respect and great comradery. Pictured here is Maddie on the set of Renovate or Rebuild, soon to be aired on Channel 9. A talented communicator, Maddie guests on the show to share her knowledge and insights into successful sustainable design. Congratulations Maddie!

Burwood Brickworks, a guiding star
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Burwood Brickworks, a guiding star

Congratulations to the incredible team at NH Architecture, Russell & George, and Wurundjeri-willam artist Mandy Nicholson for being awarded the Allan and Beth Coldicutt Award for Sustainable Architecture at this year’s Victorian Institute of Architects Awards for their project Burwood Brickworks.

Burwood Brickworks is incredibly inspiring to us here at Breathe, being the world’s first Living Building Challenge-certified project (no mean feat!), achieving new standards in sustainability and being recognised as the world’s most sustainable shopping centre.⁠

⁠Huge shout-out to the design team, Frasers Property Australia for championing the project, Hacer for a great build, and importantly Stephen Choi for his tireless vision. We bow down. ⁠⁠Because of this project, all the project we create in the future will be better.⁠⁠

New Award
Jun 21, 2021
Ona Coffee commended for Sustainability
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Ona Coffee commended for Sustainability

The Breathe team worked tirelessly to ensure exceptional sustainability outcomes for Ona Coffee Melbourne. Last week, the project received a commendation in the Sustainability category at this year's Victorian Architecture Awards!

The big move for Ona Coffee was to go completely carbon neutral in operations – no gas. ⁠⁠Built by the incredible team at Never Stop Group, sustainability features include being 100% electric, using induction cooktops and 20kW solar on the re-insulated roof with remaining energy requirements provided by 100% GreenPower. A rigorous carbon audit was undertaken to offset any greenhouse gas emissions. 5000 litre rain water tanks, organics waste streams, natural light and ample bike parking were incorporated into the design.

⁠⁠The design represents the ethical ethos of Ona’s mission: to work with farmers from around the world ensuring a fair trade strategy that sees farmers valued, treated with respect and future livelihoods protected.⁠⁠ Congratulations Ona!

Leading with humanity
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Leading with humanity

Breathe’s wonderful group of Directors, Associates and Team Leads recently completed the ChangeUp leadership program with the incredible Mim Bartlett.

The program challenged the team to look within themselves with the time, the space and the environment to encourage reflection, to be vulnerable, to inspire connection and to focus on what’s important to the broader team in life and in work.

The team found ChangeUp to be a refreshing take on leadership training that celebrates individuality, emotional intelligence and humanity, recognising that leadership comes in all shapes and sizes. Mim helped our team identify the diversity of their strengths, so that we can play to them every day. At Breathe, we really value a truly connected team to continue to deliver projects with enduring and meaningful impact for our clients and the planet. Always learning, always evolving.

Breathe shortlisted at this year’s INDE.Awards
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Breathe shortlisted at this year’s INDE.Awards

An incredibly diverse range of buildings, spaces, objects and people were submitted for the 2021 INDE.Awards and we are proud to announce Breathe has been shortlisted for two: Breese St by Milieu, a collaboration with DKO Architecture in ‘The Multi-Residential Building’ category, and Ona Coffee in ‘The Influencer’ category. Winners will be announced on August 5th.

Breathe’s Director of Sustainability judge at this year’s Interior Design Excellence Awards
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Breathe’s Director of Sustainability judge at this year’s Interior Design Excellence Awards

Breathe Director of Sustainability, Bonnie Herring, has been named the inaugural sustainability judge at this year’s Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), Australia’s oldest independent architecture and interior design awards.  Bonnie says sustainability is “not something you attach to the building, it’s something that is embedded in its DNA”. She will be looking for exemplary projects that are focused on reducing operational carbon emissions as well as embodied emissions. “So projects that really consider a net-zero pathway in their designs” and are fossil fuel-free in operation. The full list of judges can be found here.

Join our upcoming lighting design webinar
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Join our upcoming lighting design webinar

Calling all budding designers: Join Breathe for a live webinar hosted by ISCD Education about all things lighting design. Breathe Director of Architecture, Bonnie Herring, Head of Interiors Bettina Robinson, and Head of Houses Madeline Sewall will provide insights into core lighting design principles, biophilic lighting design, materiality, specification and adaptability as well as a Q&A session. Not to be missed!

Mark your calendars: Thursday 10 June, 6.30pm
Info and registration here

Our new satellite office in Olinda
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Our new satellite office in Olinda

The Breathe Houses team has setup shop in Olinda. At Breathe, we love creating homes inspired by the people who will live in them and by nature. During 2020’s lockdown, we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to create a second location for the Breathe team to pause and reflect on what ‘home’ really means for people and how our natural environment can inspire and be incorporated in every aspect of design, to create places that captivate and for people to thrive in. So far, each Olinda day has been more beautiful than the next. See here how to get in touch with us or visit us in Olinda.

We are proud to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which our Olinda office stands. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters, and culture.

Completed Project
May 1, 2021
Cobargo Santa: Breathe’s latest community project
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Cobargo Santa: Breathe’s latest community project

We’re proud to officially announce the completion of our latest community project: The Cobargo Santa Project, a new home for the family of brave RFS firefighter Dave and his wife Barbara who lost everything in the catastrophic fires of 2019/2020.

Initiated by Breathe, this pro-bono project brought together a long list of generous donors who helped build a comfortable, efficient, carbon-neutral home for the Santa of Cobargo.

Read more about the backstory here and the details about this project here. Dave and Barbara’s story was also covered in a recent article in The Sydney Morning Herald.

Madeline Sewall shortlisted for Dulux Study Tour prize
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Madeline Sewall shortlisted for Dulux Study Tour prize

Breathe Associate and Head of Houses, Madeline Sewall, has been named one of 15 emerging architects shortlisted for the Australian Institute of Architect's Dulux Study Tour prize. Well deserved, Maddie!