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Changing it up
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Changing it up

We’re always learning, we’re always evolving. Congratulations to our wonderful group of Directors, Associates and Team Leads who recently completed the ChangeUp leadership program with the incredible Mim Bartlett. The program challenged the team to look within themselves with the time, 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.


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!

New Award
Apr 20, 2021
Breese St and ONA Coffee shortlisted for awards
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Breese St and ONA Coffee shortlisted for awards

It’s been a great week of peer recognition for Breathe with three projects shortlisted for 2021 awards. Breese Street has been shortlisted for the Houses Award in the Apartment/Unit and Sustainability categories, as well as shortlisted for the Victorian Architecture Awards in the category Sustainability. ONA Coffee has also been recognised for its exceptional sustainability outcomes, being shortlisted for the same category in the Victorian Architecture Awards. View all of Breathe’s awards here.

Breathe to judge this year’s Circle Awards
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Breathe to judge this year’s Circle Awards

Breathe’s Tamara Veltre is proud to be a judge at this year’s Circle Awards. The Circle Awards bring together the diverse businesses, organisations, projects and people adopting circular practices to create a world where nothing goes to waste. The annual programme champions circular
 practices across all aspects of day-to-day life. They’re not just looking for those who are doing everything perfectly. (That would make for a very short list!) The focus is on recognising creative solutions that capture the interest of consumers and inspire change.⁠⁠ Entries open April 15. Find out more here.

New Award
Apr 6, 2021
Arkadia Highly Commended at Frame Awards
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Arkadia Highly Commended at Frame Awards

Arkadia continues its awards streak receiving two highly commended awards at the March Frame Awards, one for Best Use of Material and one for Co-Living Complex. Arkadia is made from nearly half a million recycled bricks and comprises 152 homes rooted in community and sustainability.⁠⁠ Congratulations to our collaborators DKO Architecture and Oculus.

New Award
Mar 24, 2021
Arkadia wins the 2021 Banksia Sustainability Award
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Arkadia wins the 2021 Banksia Sustainability Award

Breathe, DKO Architecture and Oculus won the Medium Business award for Arkadia at last night's Banksia Sustainability Awards. In its 32nd year, the Banksia Awards illustrate how the efforts and passion of so many individuals that have been a part of the Banksia Foundation can make a difference in moving our society towards a more sustainable future. Arkadia is about community and sustainability, it’s about memory and place. It’s about creating a beacon to a low carbon future and setting a new benchmark for Australian sustainable buildings and cities.

View our full list of awards.

New Award
Feb 21, 2021
Edgars Creek House highly commended at the IDEA Awards
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Edgars Creek House highly commended at the IDEA Awards

Highly Commended at The Interior Design Excellence Awards 2021 in the Residential New category, Edgars Creek House is all about a connection to nature. The materiality of the house responds to its bushland context. A rammed earth wall shields the south of the house, and talks to the sandstone cliffs of the creek below. The pavilions of the home sit among the Ironbark trees and are clad in raw Ironbark themselves.

New Award
Feb 12, 2021
Arkadia recognised as a finalist in the Banksia Sustainability Awards
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Arkadia recognised as a finalist in the Banksia Sustainability Awards

Arkadia has been recognised as a finalist at this year’s Banksia Sustainability Awards. The longest-running sustainability awards in the world, the Banksia Awards seek out and recognise innovation and leadership through the lens of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These global goals aim to unite the world businesses, governments and citizens to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and protect the planet.⁠⁠

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. The entire project is 100% electric allowing for an entirely renewable, carbon free energy source.⁠⁠ Award winners will be announced in March 2021.

View our full list of awards.

Jeremy McLeod joins Joost Bakker for Future Food System
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Jeremy McLeod joins Joost Bakker for Future Food System

Legend, visionary, designer, sustainability advocate and anti-waste crusader Joost Bakker has reimagined the home as an ecosystem that provides shelter, energy and nourishment for its inhabitants by creating Future Food System at Federation Square in Melbourne. ⁠⁠Future Food System is a two-bedroom home made from sustainable materials. It's self sustaining, 100% zero waste and productive, demonstrating the potential of our homes to provide shelter, produce food, generate energy and to show a new way to live.⁠

Jeremy McLeod joins Joost to discuss the materials used to build Future Food System. Watch the discussion here.

Four Pillars’ Healesville distillery and Cellar Door is getting a Breathe expansion
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Four Pillars’ Healesville distillery and Cellar Door is getting a Breathe expansion

Breathe are joining forces with Four Pillars Gin to deliver a new world class facility directly adjacent to their current home in Healesville that will incorporate new hospitality, production, bottling, a spectacular events space and a special sensory surprise!⁠⁠

Importantly, this project will see Four Pillars continue their commitment to sustainability and community with the implementation of new sustainability initiatives and the creation of countless local jobs.⁠⁠ Due for completion at the end of this year, the new development will place Four Pillars, the winner of International Gin Producer of the Year in 2019 and 2020, on the global distillery destination map, with a first-class, unique facility just an hour’s drive from Melbourne’s CBD.

Breathe releases Reconciliation Action Plan
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Breathe releases Reconciliation Action Plan

Breathe are committed to a reconciled, just and equitable Australia. We recognise the role we play in turning our intentions into clear actions and are pleased to have finalised our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). We are in the early stages of our journey and have established a working committee to help create a workplace culture that understands, values and respects the true history of this country and the cultures and contributions of First Nations peoples, to develop respectful relationships and create meaningful opportunities with First Nations peoples.

View the Reconciliation Action Plan (PDF)

Jeremy McLeod elected to National Council
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Jeremy McLeod elected to National Council

Design Director, Jeremy McLeod has been elected to the Australian Institute of Architects National Council. Climate action and helping the industry lead the way to a decarbonised future for the built environment are number one on the agenda.

Completed Project
Jan 14, 2021
Let’s Melbourne Again
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Let’s Melbourne Again

⁠Our first community project of the year is complete! Lily and Henry opened Theodore's just over a year ago. ⁠They bought responsibly sourced, local and seasonal food and drinks to the people of Brunswick and they always made us feel welcome.⁠

Like most of Melbourne’s hospitality, Covid hit them really hard.⁠ They didn’t give up, instead they transformed into Ted’s Grocer, providing that same fresh produce for local households. Now, in 2021, they’ve found a way to bring Theodore’s back to us. Breathe worked with them to create a place for outdoor dining and a place for people by activating the street.⁠

We would like to thank Taubmans who generously donated paint from their new Chromatic Joy collection to add colour to the space. We would like to thank Moreland City Council for working through the street closure with the local community.⁠We would like to thank BREC for illuminating Saxon Street with magical street lights.⁠

Lastly, we would like to thank the brilliant local community for supporting Theodore’s through the good times and the hard times, for having your buildings painted to create an immersive place and importantly, for coming together on a hot summers day to paint the street, to claim it back for everybody.⁠

Architect: Breathe and the climate challenge
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Architect: Breathe and the climate challenge

The most recent issue of Architect examines how climate change will (have to) change architecture. Breathe’s own Jeremy McLeod and Madeline Sewall sat down with The Australian Institute of Architects to discuss the importance and value of being a carbon neutral practice.⁠

You can read the entire Climate Action edition for free online.

Carbon neutral in 2020
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Carbon neutral in 2020

In 2020, over 200 architecture practices answered the call to get their own houses in order and made a commitment to go carbon neutral. Despite being one of the toughest years Australia has seen, these practices have shown that building a sustainable future is a number one priority.⁠

We are so energised by the work the architecture community has achieved, working together to make real, positive change towards the climate crisis.⁠

Going carbon neutral is way easier than you think: a three step process is all it takes. Head over to Architects Declare Australia to download their Guide to Going Carbon Neutral. ⁠

Completed Project
Dec 1, 2020
Residents move into Breese Street by Milieu
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Residents move into Breese Street by Milieu

Residents of Breese Street by Milieu have begun to move into their new homes nicely in time for the holiday season. These lucky folk will enjoy a fossil fuel-free and carbon neutral building designed to foster community and naturally advocate sustainable living. Breese Street is a collaboration from DKO Architects and Breathe Architecture for Milieu.

View the Breese Street project page.

The Power of Two Podcast with Jeremy McLeod & Tamara Veltre
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The Power of Two Podcast with Jeremy McLeod & Tamara Veltre

During Melbourne’s lockdown, Tim Ross (virtually) sat down with Breathe Co-Founders Jeremy McLeod and Tamara Veltre to chat about what it's like living and working together. We learn about their first meeting at a local Melbourne pool and delve into the groundbreaking Nightingale project that sparked a housing revolution.

Listen to the interview on YouTube.

New Award
Nov 1, 2020
Arkadia continues its winning streak
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Arkadia continues its winning streak

Completed early this year, Arkadia has swept up a bunch of awards in 2020 recognising the project’s innovative approach to architecture, environment and community.  Along with DKO Architecture and Oculus, we are proud to announce Arkadia has won the NSW Architecture Award for Sustainable Architecture and the People Choice Award for Life; 2020 NSW Landscape Architecture Awards for Gardens; Gold medal at the 2020 Sydney Design Awards for Architecture – Multi-Residential; 2020 Good Design Awards Best In Class – Architectural Commercial and Residential and the award for Sustainability; 2020 Think Brick Award for Landscape amongst others!

View our full list of awards.

The Architect’s Bookshop: Isolation Talk with Jeremy McLeod
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The Architect’s Bookshop: Isolation Talk with Jeremy McLeod

During 2020’s lockdown, The Architect’s Bookshop hosted a series of Isolation Talks focusing on the excellence of Australian Architecture grown from geographical isolation. Breathe Director Jeremy McLeod was guest on the eighth talk in the series. Watch a recording of the conversation/presentation on Youtube.