An exciting collaboration between Rossi Architects, Bennett Design and Walter Brooke & Associations brings vitality to Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School.
The new primary school campus and the individual developments are designed to inspire all who enter. Located in the new suburb of Zuccoli, it provides a comfortable and effective environment for learning and encourages both students and teachers to express themselves.
Inspired by Reggio Emilio principles, varied articulated forms and materials have been artfully employed to create inspirational learning zones and spark creativity.
High ceiling forms, volumes and voids create an abundance of natural light and ventilation in this attractive and functional design. Natural materials and neutral tones complement the internal and external visual cues that reinforce the school’s catholic identity and instil a sense of place for teachers and students.
The classrooms seamlessly connect to both indoor and outdoor common spaces creating healthy and adaptable learning environments to be enjoyed by all.
The design also delivers distinction between teachers’ daily work setting and spaces for professional development and regeneration. A new closeness with the administration area facilitates more effective and meaningful collaboration.
The design conquers the modern schools’ need for ample digital amenity to benefit students, encourage teaching staff and facilitate modern teaching for decades to come.
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Rossi Architects were engaged by a private Darwin developer to prepare a concept submission for the new Darwin City Headquarters of the Northern Territory Government Department of Health. Working with a challenging brief the design solution integrates an existing heritage building located along the Smith Street Mall side of the property.
The proposal refurbishes the existing heritage building to accommodate new tenants. It also includes smaller boutique spaces within the new build. The ground level plan is designed to create a laneway which activated all sides of the heritage building while creating an element of interest to the entry experience.
The proposal accommodates all end of trip facilities and concierge components at ground floor, 4 storeys of car parking bays and 10 storeys of office floor plates. The proposal provides a modern and clean aesthetic, with large boxed feature elements brought through to offset the mass of the form.
The NT Catholic Education Office engaged Rossi Architects to come up with a way to best accommodate a new Middle and Senior School on a large property in Humpty Doo which houses the existing St. Francis of Assisi Primary School.
By looking beyond the immediate brief to consider the broader Humpty Doo community context we were able to identify the need for a community swimming pool. By incorporating a full 50m swimming pool at the boundary were able to provide a solution that not only exceeded the standard facilities available to a middle or senior school but also create much greater opportunities for community engagement by opening the pool up to the wider Humpty Doo community. This also created opportunities for additional funding streams accessible to the school in order to move ahead with the master plan.
Another strategic move utilised in the school plan was to share the major sports and administration facilities, again creating opportunities for controlled engagement of cohorts and maximising the financial benefits of shared facilities.
Individual buildings were laid out to define plazas and outdoor learning areas of various sizes. And by restricting vehicle access to perimeter of the property we were able to ensure the safety of students from vehicular traffic while also maximising ease of development in the future.
Ongoing work for City of Palmerston.
A Rossi Architects concept, the iconic Harbour Quay development would be the grand entrance to Darwin's Stokes Hill Wharf.
This 21 storey mixed-use complex would offer 150 opulently designed apartments as well as a high-end entertainment precinct.
A mixture of modern materials and classic boardwalk aesthetics have been blended to create the dynamic façade. Striking geometries and large cantilever elements have been used throughout to emphasises the articulated form.
Green walls and feature timber screens provide an abstract interpretation of the adjacent cliffs and hills. Combined with the strategic use of cylindrical splayed columns to minimise the disruption of the Territory's natural beauty, this development would be the jewel in the fabric of Darwin Waterfront.
Living in Harbour Quay's spacious apartments would be nothing short of indulgent. The purposeful full-height glazing amplifies the 360 degree views and bring the outside in. With stunning podium common areas, gym facilities and cinemas; the complex would offer the ultimate Darwin indoor and outdoor entertainment living.
The coup de grâce for residents is the high-end waterfront dining experience right at their doorstep. Harbour Quay's entertainment precinct would offer high-traffic exposure for tourism and hospitality businesses.
At Rossi Architects the team are passionate about producing innovative designs that can shake the foundations of the Northern Territory's architectural landscape. The Harbour Quay mixed-development concept is open for expressions of interest from developers who would love to bring the project to life.
Rossi Architects were engaged by the NT Catholic Education Office to provide a master plan for Holy Family Catholic Primary School, a popular but small school in Karama, Darwin.
Beginning with an in-depth analysis, we interrogated the school’s physical and social context, values, internal structures and vision for pedagogy. Along with this, Rossi Architects facilitated workshops with the teaching staff and steering committee.
The development of a successful master plan begins with clearly identifying the problems to solve. As with many schools, Holy Family School had evolved over time with the addition of a few new buildings which had not been considered in conjunction with one another. The result was what is all too common in schools – the contradiction of, on one hand, the feeling of a lack of available teaching and learning space, and on the other, under-utilised facilities. The problem was that the under-utilised space lacked visual connection and physical proximity to the main learning spaces.
The answer Rossi Architects developed was to create a new campus heart which would gather staff and students together into a ring of facilities connected around a large roofed plaza. By removing an unused old storeroom, connections to the playground were reinstated and the admin building was reconfigured to address the new public entry to the school. This simple switch changed the atmosphere of the school’s front entry from that of a security checkpoint to that of the threshold into a new community plaza. And with the changed centre of gravity of the school, no longer did the library feel like a forgotten corner of the school.
Along with this consideration of the large macro scale, the finer grain of the school was also assessed, with recommendations on strategies for storage, furniture settings, maintenance and building services.
Moving forward, Holy Family School is now equipped with a clear vision of 21st Century learning to implement with confidence for its future.
Rossi Architects were engaged by the NT Government on behalf of Parap Primary School to develop a new master plan for the established school.
As is common in schools that have evolved over several decades, the campus was the result of many small interventions that had not been holistically developed; the result being a lack of connectivity between the facilities.
The scheme developed by Rossi Architects included a number of small interventions aimed at helping to break down some of these barriers to create a create a sense of connectivity within the school, fostering a learning environment where groups can easily move from one mode of learning to another with minimal effort.
One example of this was the proposed relocation of the bicycle store and caretaker’s residence to allow for the creation of a new central learning plaza which will provide a treed green space with covered outdoor learning areas and allow for greater visibility and ease of connection to the library.
Overall, we were proud to provide Parap Primary School with a clear vision to overcome the challenges of their historic campus.
Prominent Territory salon Kabuki Haircutters recently engaged Rossi Architects on a custom fit-out project for their new home.
Hoping to capture the charm that is Kabuki, the architect worked closely with the client to transform a dull and outdated office tenancy into a warm, rustic and refreshing salon experience.
The client had a very distinct vision for the salon that would emphasise the art of hair design.
A salon can be a very busy place which meant workflow was a critical consideration during the design phase. The architect played with existing volume and space to maximise function for staff, whilst still incorporating various zones throughout to provide a sense of intimacy for clients and differentiate space for different salon activities.
Playing with simple materials and palette choices, the salon was stripped back to its raw components including the original concrete and steel. Bold light fixtures hang dramatically from exposed ceilings to perfectly frame the work of each stylist.
The achromatic palette was an important design element to highlight a theatric salon centrepiece. Wrapped in a unique, Japanese-inspired wallpaper, the floating form above reception brings both the Kabuki personality and sheer volume of the space to life. This form also acts as storage, helping to maximise floor space and ensure Kabuki remains uncluttered.
By building a close relationship with the client Rossi Architects was able to exceed the brief and vision; consummating in a gallery-esque space that will act as a blank canvas for each and every Kabuki hair creation.
Centred around a plan to integrate the unbeatable Darwin environment and climate into its functionality, this home achieved every goal in the client’s vision.
Designed to account for a growing family, this aspirational home incorporates his and her utility spaces – such as a generous walk in robe and undercover boat and tackle storage.
Our client told us they wanted a focus on maximising outdoor living and aspects – and we delivered, designing living spaces overlooking the backyard, and indoor kitchen connected to an outdoor servery via stackable bi-fold doors.
An above ground planter box created interesting layers, soft outlook for the study and shade and privacy. A large backyard was purposefully allocated to encourage outdoor play and dedicated children’s bedrooms were incorporated into the plan, creating spaces that will continue to enhance family living throughout the years.
This elegant solution to functional living was delivered in the Rossi Architects signature modern style, featuring cantilevers and large void spaces to add visual interest and drama. Stylish copper wall panelling with express joints, laser cut aluminium screens, and window accents add the perfect finish.
Part of the Building the Education Revolution project, this multipurpose hall at a Catholic education school will reliably provide a valuable space for students and teachers for years to come.
Featuring a covered outdoor area with seating for parents and visitors this covered space will be used for sports, assemblies and general gatherings.
Its Bathurst Island location, north of Darwin, was an important design consideration – with the final product featuring a portal frame structure with metal cladding and masonry walls for a robust structure that will withstand the Top End’s weather.
Bold and distinctive colours lend the building a cheerful, contemporary appearance, and creates an enticing space for encouraging learning and socialising. High windows and large doors ensure maximum airflow and account for fire safety requirements.
Upmarket apartments minutes from the CBD, these Rossi Architect designed properties were snapped up off the plan by young families, professionals and investors.
Offering spacious verandas, large outlooks, and maximum privacy the design comfortably accommodates 21 dwellings without sacrificing a quality lifestyle.
Located on a perched site that incorporates harbour and city views, the clever positioning of each dwelling allows residents to take full advantage of the relaxed Darwin lifestyle and enjoy the benefits of apartment scale living.
Bold geometric forms are complemented by the masonry and metal clad walls, and coupled with contrasting colours provides an elegant, modern aesthetic to these incredibly liveable apartments.
This executive, state-of-the-art home boasts an incredible outlook, opulent finishings, and smart, modern design from Rossi Architects.
Built for a young family to grow into, a key part of the brief was to create separate living zones. To achieve this, Rossi Architects designed parent and children retreats and public and private wings for maximum privacy for both guests and the family. A grand central staircase and entry foyer adds drama and impact in addition to serving as the central connection point for joining the separate wings of the home.
Drawing from the family’s Mediterranean background, and taking inspiration from the size of the beautiful property, the design purposefully incorporates the external environment, with cross flow ventilation, outlooks and large expanses of glazing to bring the outside in. Large cantilevers add to the bold façade and provide street impact, shade and cover.
This remarkable home features a suspended plunge pool in the adult wing, and an external feature water fountain that flows from the first floor into the main pool.
The client, a renderer, is adding their own personal touch and expertise to the project with beautiful masonry finished walls and stone cladding highlights. For Rossi Architects, it has been a pleasure to work with the client to achieve their spectacular creative vision. We look forward to seeing the finish product!
After being engaged to rezone a property from single to multiple dwellings, Rossi Architects created a fresh new perspective on urban beachside living.
Our solution created two levels of living – ground level courtyard and upper level terrace. The four new dwellings are the ultimate in functional living, with a central driveway and car park zone offering underground parking for each three-bedroom luxury unit.
Large overhangs throughout create sectional spaces that add interest and privacy while still maintaining an overall cohesive, flowing look. The contemporary design lends itself to relaxed tropical living, with plenty of large open spaces to maximise light and airflow.
A mixture of rendered walls, metal clad panels, expressed wall panels and accents of natural timbers provide warmth to this modern, tropical form and are the perfect materials to showcase the intricacy and creativity of Rossi Architects design.
Unique landscaping solutions were incorporated throughout with perimeter planter boxes and aluminium screening providing privacy between the dwellings.
Smart design maximises environmental performance. This Bayview duplex is a stunning example of how nature and built structures can be integrated for an optimal outcome.
These two four-bedroom duplexes feature zoned living – with parent and children retreats. A modern, minimalist solution, the emphasis in the design is on energy efficiency, through smart use of materials such as masonry walls and prefinished insulated metallic panels on the walls and roof.
A mix of level changes creates an alfresco entertaining and pool area on level one of the complex and enables an interesting undercroft aspect to the lower bedrooms.
Local to Darwin, Rossi Architects understands the unique environment in the Top End and created an open plan design with connectivity to the outdoors that is a true highlight of this contemporary design.
Two new four-bedroom luxury townhouses have transformed the streetscape following this project to rezone a site from single to multiple dwellings.
Situated in the sought after suburb of Larrakeyah, the design meets the brief of executive living, offering an open plan, spacious rooms, two story voids and dramatic entry and staircase areas for a striking point of interest.
Direct connectivity to a large outdoor entertaining area takes full advantage of Darwin’s tropical climate and the stunning harbour views, while almost every window offers a view of greenspace.
Outstanding for function as well as style, the aesthetic of the complex is finished by a mix of rendered walls, expressed panelling, clean roof forms, large cantilevers and a monochrome palate.
Beautifully situated on the water’s edge at Cullen Bay, this Rossi Architects designed home is a striking residence that takes full advantage of its prime location.
Created for comfortable, stylish entertaining, the residence bounds a park, road, and water’s edge and takes in amazing panoramic views. The stunning two-story home features high-impact linear forms and large expanses of glazing to capture views of the water and the park.
On the water’s edge side of the home two story voids, large roof overhangs, and cantilevers create a dramatic, futuristic look that adds interest at every angle. A modern, minimalist front façade subtly hints at the high impact design style that unfolds and flows through the rest of the home.
Created for open plan living, the home was smartly planned for high environmental performance with low ‘e’ energy saving glass used throughout. A sweeping staircase adds curves and interest to dominant modern linear forms, while a mix of materials and textures from horizontal joint panelling and smooth rendered walls results in an incredible home with lasting impact.
Metal roofing and steel building product specialists Steeline GRP turned to Rossi Architects to create a stunning, impactful street presence at their existing Darwin office.
Working in partnership with our client, we created a bold look that perfectly showcases Steeline’s materials and products. On the street frontage Steeline steel with a vertical corrugated pattern works in partnership with the sharp angles and straight lines of a sawtooth-style roof to create a look that is completely modern, yet retains links to traditional industrial aesthetic.
The project included renovation of an existing warehouse facility, which blended the old with new seamlessly. Key considerations of the warehouse development included strategically placing workshop machinery to ensure optimal and efficient use of space. The result is a purpose built facility that delivered on the client’s brief and goal for an efficient, functional work environment, and which creates a memorable first impression for Steeline visitors.