After honing their craft at a number of highly regarded architectural practices including CHT, Jackson Clements Burrows and CLP, Phil Snowden and Manos Mavridis founded Ola Studio in a modest workspace in Preston. Their early years were heavily focused on bespoke residential work, and as the studio grew so did the size and type of their projects. Their folio of work has since diversified to include multi-residential developments, intricate bar and restaurant fitouts, and complex institutional and zoological works. Their holistic approach to architecture has gained Ola a reputation for delivering imaginative and successful solutions to a wide range of project types and scales.
They appreciate that every commission is unique and individual, and enjoy working closely with their clients to establish strong relationships based on mutual trust and clear communication. Coupled with a rigorous and collaborative design approach, they aim to create places that belong to and are loved by their clients, by their company and by the greater community.
Integral to their design methodology is a focus on how they can contribute positively to both the living and natural environment, and minimise the negative environmental impact their work may cause. They advocate passive thermal efficiency through clever construction techniques and sensible planning.
Wulff Projects is about property with purpose. A property developer with a proven track record of creating places of value which change the urban landscape for the better, Wulff has distinguished itself through the delivery of high-quality living environments with community benefits built in.
With the successful completion of several notable projects across inner-Melbourne, Wulff has demonstrated that its approach of meaningful consultation and collaboration will always deliver strong social and built form outcomes. The team works with like-minded architects, builders and all stakeholders in a detailed and diligent way, and always with an appreciation of good design, clear processes and uncompromised quality.
Perhaps the ultimate show of faith in what Wulff Projects is doing is the fact that its people choose to live in its finished properties, such as the award-winning 122 Roseneath. Everyone is looking forward to building upon this foundation at Alexandra, and continuing to make a positive contribution to Clifton Hill. Once again, Wulff Projects will be working with a trusted team to deliver upon its promise to the community and to each individual purchaser with pride.
Carta Group was established in 2008 by Paul and Chrissi Hayward, following their sale of a longtime and highly successful furniture distribution business in Australia and New Zealand. The goal was to specialise in projects around inner suburban Melbourne. Working initially with leading architectural practices CHT Architects and Neil Architecture, Carta quickly made a mark on the industry with innovative projects like Centennial Apartments in Kensington, and Maze Apartments in Richmond. Maze was widely considered to be ahead of its time, in terms of its materiality and refreshing design, enriching Melbourne’s famed inner suburban back streets.
Projects subsequently completed include August Apartments (Bruce Henderson Architects) and Access Apartments (CHT), both in Balwyn. The Richmond theme continued with 290 Bridge, a JV mixed-use development with Neil Architecture. In more recent times, Carta has focused on Melbourne’s gentrifying inner north. Patch Apartments (Fieldwork) in Clifton Hill and 344 Johnston (CHT) in the emerging Abbotsford, were on sold successfully with planning permits. The progressive projects continued with a significant heritage renovation challenge in Battery Point Hobart, completed in mid-2018. Newry Richmond finished later that year – another acclaimed project with Fieldwork, which redefined the innovative inner-city townhouse design market. More recently, Alexandra has been Carta’s primary focus. Since acquiring the site in 2016, the project has been carefully refined to meet the Clifton Hill market and enrich the streetscape.
United Products offers wet area artefacts for contemporary and classic spaces. They are designed with intention – marrying function with elegance; distilling precision in form.
Their designers’ industry knowledge is unparalleled. Unifying creative intuition and anticipation of user experiences, a new standard for bathroom products is set.
Signorino is the preeminent supplier of quality tiles and natural stone in Australia. Their 50 years in the industry has brought an unparalleled wealth of experience and expertise in providing the very best materials to the market. An uncompromising approach to quality makes Signorino the chosen supplier for the architectural industry’s largest and most important projects, with notable examples including Melbourne and Sydney Airports, Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance and award winning hotels such as the Jackalope Hotel on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Signorino is driven by the mantra of founder and Managing Director John Signorino – “Strive for perfection and settle for excellence.”
The Plant Society has been born from a passion for design and plants, but also to create a plant community, or as they like to call it, a ‘plant social network’. Their goal is to nurture and preserve rare and interesting plant species for future generations and share the knowledge and skills required to grow them with the community.
At The Plant Society, they believe it is vital to build relationships not only with the plants, but with the people who grow and nurture them. They have immense appreciation and respect for the knowledge cultivated by growers, collectors and propagators, and they regularly forage the country to build relationships with these important people.
Urban Initiatives is a collaborative landscape and urban design practice with a strong commitment to enriching public space in practical, sensitive and sustainable ways. They strive to produce well-resolved projects that work for their clients and the public and that contribute positively to the natural and built environment.
At Urban Initiatives, they embrace both the expertise of allied specialist consultants as well as the particular knowledge of local communities on a broad range of projects. This openness to a range of views is critical when addressing the complex and yet generally very specific nature of landscape and urban design projects.