HorizonHouse HillThalis

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    Newcastle Architecture Medal

    Verve Residences by CKDS Architecture with Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects won the prestigious Newcastle Architecture Medal, along with the award for Residential Architecture – Houses (Multiple Housing) and a commendation for Sustainable Architecture. The jury observed that the project “sets a new standard of urban architecture in Newcastle, an exemplar combining public benefits, activation and leading residential design.”

    2020 Newcastle Architecture Awards

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    Philip Thalis LFRAIA

    Philip Thalis has been made a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, in recognition of his significant contribution to the profession through practice engagement with the Institute, public service and his extensive involvement with architectural education.

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    Sydney Architecture Festival

    Philip Thalis recently gave a talk at the Architect’s Bookshop, as part of the Sydney Architecture Festival, dedicated to the issue of Affordable Housing. The talk detailed the history of affordable housing projects in Sydney, including the important work of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust in Millers Point – making the point that the public sector has been a leader in excellent affordable housing throughout our city’s history – and should reprise that role.

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    Habitus House of the Year 2018

    We are delighted that the Horizon House has been featured in a special Issue #41 of Habitus Magazine as one of 20 houses shortlisted for the inaugural House of the Year. The award will be announced in November, but in the interim, you can see the shortlisted projects in the issue or vote for your favourite online

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    Hill Thalis - on the move

    Hill Thalis is relocating. From Monday 9th July, we will be on Level 4 of Ballarat House, instead of Level 5. We will have constant email and phone connection during the move – and there will be no interruption to our project work. We look forward to welcoming you to our new space very soon.

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    Escarpment Boardwalk funded

    The Parramatta Escarpment Boardwalk has received funding in the recent State budget. Mayor of Parramatta, Councillor Andrew Wilson said, “This project will make it possible to walk or cycle off-road for almost 20km on a high quality path between Parramatta Park and Sydney Olympic Park via Parramatta CBD and the Western Sydney University (WSU) campus in Rydalmere.” Read more about the funding announcement here

7 hours ago

Time travel The exceptional lightness of being; Henri Labrouste’s master work The Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris 1862-68. Extraordinary finesse in the serene top lit Reading Room, with such slender columns. Metallic stacks beyond, all within a severe limestone urban crust to the streets. #paris #parismonuments #parisarchitecture #henrilabrouste #nationallibrary #bibliothequenationale #readingroom #toplight #domes #domedhall #columnedhall #ironcolumns #architecturalmasterpiece #publicparis

1 day ago

A Jeffery Smart landscape; Western Sydney rambling; Prestons the place for super-big sheds, tanks & trucks. Huge industrial estate near junction of M5 & M7, with some of the biggest warehouses in Sydney; Aldi distribution centre (400+m long) & Toll complex massive #jefferySmartlandscape #sydneysheds #supersized #watertanks #trucks #warehouses #scale #industrialarchitecture #prestons #m7 #westernsydney An epic landscape for @michaeledwardharvey

2 days ago

The benefits of small footprint towers; our Verve complex in Newcastle (design with @ckdsarchitecture) has an urban podium with 2 slim towers, footprints just 530 & 580m2. This strategy give a much finer urban form & so much more amenity to the apartments, & our client preferred this arrangement to a single massive tower as it brought significantly better return. Architecturally the dialogue between the splayed towers & regular podium, and urban and communal spaces formed key to project. Thanks to project team @aaronj_murray @hay_nina @flatman_architect, builder @bloc_aus #architecture #architectureofhousing #newcastlearchitecture #urbanhousing #architecturalform #poche #towerforms #smallfootprinttowers #amenity #urbanform #siteplanning #newcastlecitycouncil

3 days ago

Time travel; Dawn overview of Hampi, when worked@on archaeological survey of Vijayanagara, the ruined capital city of Vijayanagara Empire (1336 -1565) in southern India. Extraordinary site, so extensive, once had a population of 500 000. Evocative fragments of the city over a huge site. 1984 posing with @nicholasolomon & @caroline_thirteen #Vijayanagara #hampi #india #southernindia #ruins #archaeologicalsite #ruinedcity #wall #platform #landscape #topography #architecture #indianarchitecture

4 days ago

The fantastic Lizard Log landscape, playground, structures & amenities in the evolving @westernsydneyparklands. Another fruitful collaboration on a beautiful public project -plenty at this scale across Sydney (in sharp contrast to mega projects) Bravo again @mcgregorcoxall landscape & @chrofi_architects, it’s now superbly nestled into its site, enthusiastically enjoyed #lizardlog #lizardlogpark #parklands #westernsydney #playground #flyingfox #slipperydip #toiletblock #landscapedesign #sydneylandscape #sydneyarchitecture #publictoilets #publicspace #publicproject #publicsydney @adrian_mcgregor @johnwchoi

5 days ago

Entry to our Horizon House. Photo @brettboardmanphotography with thanks to @bryce_fitzgerald @sdastructures #avmoras #Horizon #horizonhouse #coastalhouse #countryhouse #landscapesetting #horizontalline #roofline #entrysequence #architecture