INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE EDITION - Allen Jack+Cottier: Vol 3. Iss 15
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  “As with all of AJ+C’s projects, the interiors are greatly influenced by the context, architecture and end user.” 


When thinking about ‘architecture’, many people first think of structure and buildings and large-scale, whole projects. However, in some ways it is the interior spaces we inhabit – at work, at play and at home – that most powerfully influence the way people feel, what we do and how we relate to each other. When interiors and architecture are conceived as a whole, the result can become extraordinary.


This issue shows some of Allen Jack+Cottier‘s (AJ+C) recent interiors projects, including the design of a new Chancellery for the Western Sydney University, and an adaptive reuse residential building in Rosebery, 6kms south of Sydney’s centre. We are also currently working on an exciting range of residential, hospitality, public works, student housing and commercial interiors projects.

Our team is relishing the opportunities, and the challenges, of working with both new and adaptive reuse buildings. As with all of AJ+C’s projects, the interiors are greatly influenced by the context, architecture and end user.  

AJ+C has recently completed two exemplary commercial interior projects for the Western Sydney University. The John Phillips Library, Kingswood campus, sets a standard in research and study centres while the high-end interiors of the new Chancellery office fit-out at the Parramatta campus reflects the University’s international reputation and aspirations, and is the antithesis of the hallowed formal office of yesteryear.

In order to achieve the quality, depth and rigour of response that we strive for in each project we need a team with a mix of skills, backgrounds and experience. At AJ+C we are fortunate to have exactly that mix. Our team blends strong concept design, documentation, presentation and scheduling skills, based on the wisdom of many years of experience with the enthusiasm of talented young graduates. We thrive on a collaborative process of design that values the contributions of each of the team.





  “Our creative aim for this project was to create a space that reflects the University’s place in an international community: at once welcoming, sophisticated and elegant, but at the same time, one that feels grounded, and real.”

Director, Scott Norton  


At the heart of Western Sydney University’s Parramatta Campus lies the new Chancellery office, designed both as a workspace for the Chancellery’s staff, and also as a busy meeting space for international guests, colleagues and students.   


Architecturally, the spaces are very crisp and clean, with public and private spaces clearly delineated by an undulating timber wall. Back of house workspaces are designed to bring in light, views and to encourage a more collaborative approach, to what is essentially a cellular structure. The architecture of the building façade dictates the spaces internally, with executive offices and support staff alternately arranged, with access to light and views.

A sophisticated palette of materials is used throughout, with an emphasis on natural or matt surfaces for a more grounded feel. Black graphic elements such as joinery framing, shelving and window partitions create drama within the space against the neutral palette. Timber adds warmth and texture to the wall that separates the public and private spaces, with bespoke joinery throughout.





  “Inspired by the seductive nature of the existing chicagoesque factory building, we created interiors that are robust, yet liveable and delightful”

 Director and Head of Interiors, Kerry Fyfe,


Our distinctive design for the new Burcham Apartments in Crewe Place, Rosebery, for Stable Group, achieves a fine balance between heritage and contemporary architecture. It embraces the site’s unique history, reusing the former 1918 Wrigley’s Gum Factory building as residential apartments, then adding two new 4 and 5 storey apartment buildings, comprising 99 apartments in total across three buildings.


AJ+C won a City of Sydney-run Design Excellence Competition for this site with the only design proposal to reuse the former Wrigley’s warehouse building, prior to its formal recognition as a heritage building. The new development is named in honour of the architect of the original Wrigley’s building, Burcham Clamp.

Interiors, also designed by AJ+C, blend the industrial heritage of the building with the late 20’s early 30’s character of its architecture whilst making the most of the original features. The spaces inside the existing building are kept ‘raw’ with polished concrete floors; exposed high concrete ceilings; unusual and elegant ‘mushroom’ capital columns; and abundant light.


2015 MBA



AJ+C is proud to be associated with five category wins in the recent 2015 NSW MBA Awards held in Sydney. We congratulate all winners on achieving the recognised peer excellence and are particularly grateful to our clients and consultants who have initiated and collaborated on these projects.


  1. Adaptive Reuse of an Historic Building ($10M and over): The Woolstores, Alexandria - Lipman Pty Ltd;

  2. Sporting Facility (between $15M-$20M): Abbotsleigh Sports Precinct - Prime Constructions Pty Ltd;

  3. Best Use of Structural Steel: Abbotsleigh Sports Precinct - Prime Constructions Pty Ltd;

  4. Tertiary Building (between $20M-$50M): Western Sydney University, John Phillips Library, Kingswood Campus - Taylor Construction Group Pty Ltd;

  5. Public Building (between $5M-$10M): Fairfield Youth and Community Centre - FDC Construction & Fitout Pty Ltd.





  “We continue to lead the design of a number of the most significant urban transformation projects in Sydney’s history.”

CEO and Principal (Design), Michael Heenan.  


2015 has been another great design led year for AJ+C. We have won design competitions, chaired architectural juries, lectured and tutored at universities and had continuing design studios in our warehouse offices in Chippendale.  We now have more projects under construction than at any time in our history including two design excellence competition winning projects. We are fortunate to be collaborating with a remarkable group of clients, consultants and associates, who have made 2015 a very enjoyable year.


We completed a landmark research and study centre, John Phillips Library, as part of Western Sydney University’s new branding campaign; two remarkable sporting facilities in Sydney; and a number of student housing projects in Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Kalgoorlie.

We continue to work in the regions, with a new strategic vision for Broken Hill including a new Civic Centre and tourist facilities for the area, and we have projects scattered across regional and country New South Wales, in Orange, Bega, Parkes, Lismore, Wagga Wagga and Dubbo.

AJ+C again had a strong presence as finalists at this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAF), held in Singapore in November. Peter Ireland and Mark Louw presented two very different projects in the “Higher Education and Research” and “Completed Buildings, Old and New” categories. Australian practices made their presence felt in record numbers, with 37 projects shortlisted among the 350 finalists. Also, as part of the festival, Michael Heenan chaired an international jury and gave a talk on Sydney as a 21st Century City.

“We were thrilled to present two projects in Singapore this year, placing us in the company of some of the world’s best architects.” Peter Ireland.


Michael Heenan
CEO, Principal

Peter Ireland
GM, Principal

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