What will happen to our roads when reliance on cars starts dropping away? We spoke with 100’s of Sydney-siders to tap into our collective imagination. Here is what they told us. The collective imagination island: Local farmers, artisan and garage-sale markets. Music in the streets. Public rock climbing gyms. Petting zoos. Urban farming. Public baths. […]

STUDIO TROBEC presents a speculative project that re-imagines our busy and polluted roads after our need for cars has significantly decreased (some statistics state that with automated vehicles we will need only 5% of our existing cars, which will free vast amounts of space for new things to happen). Roads could become vibrant public spaces. […]

Photographer Alisha Gore (https://www.alishagore.com) visited our studio for a morning to capture how we work. Pictured: Vesna Trobec and Stephanie Gotis-Graham.   NOTE: This is actually Stephanie’s model, not mine.

Vesna Trobec and 20 students from The University of Technology, Sydney are in the remote black opal mining town Lightning Ridge (north-western NSW) where they will investigate the role of regional galleries after the unfortunate fire that burnt down artist John Murray’s gallery. They will explore both temporary and long term design options for the […]

Vesna Trobec collaborated with Min W Dark, Langzi Chiu, and Chris L Smith, on the design of the Super Mini House. Their project was selected as an international finalist from amongst 100’s of entries. when folded  tataMi house is a home for nomadic and mobile futures. tataMi house is towed by a tata ‘nano’ car to whatever available […]

This is a removable structure that is inserted into a rarely-used balcony to create a child friendly urban space in Newtown. It is designed to create a variety of seating, interaction and play options for a father and his son. New games can be invented. The sand-pit can be converted to another flower bed when […]

STUDIO TROBEC assisted architect/Associate Professor Chris L. Smith with getting his unconventional design of an Inner West outdoor deck with bathing facilities through the City of Sydney council and then by obtaining the Construction Certificate. The deck was built by Chris L Smith himself together with Ben Warren. In its materiality, composition, programming, and detailing, […]

For this rear extension within an eastern suburb, we are making iterative models to explore how form can break away, transform, merge, match, and become something beautiful and new. The way that new built fabric converses with existing built fabric (and environmental and cultural characteristics that exist within a place) is a primary focus of […]

Vesna Trobec collaborated with Architecture Professor Chris L. Smith to create a drawing that would accompany his essay. Both will be exhibited alongside the other at an exhibition titled: ‘Great War Island: Desert Fictions’. The project Great War Island: Desert Fictions addresses architectural and urban phenomena in the context of research and modes of writing. […]

Winner of a World Community Architecture Award. Vesna Trobec helped to master-plan, design, and build, a series of buildings at a new in-land village that had moved from a previous location due to frequent flooding. Together with a team she designed and constructed an aid post, a maternity house, a community training hall, a public laundry, ventilated pit […]

An existing house nestled amongst trees at the base of a ridge will be a witchy, forested secret place for entertainment, music, and home life.

Pictured above is an image from the early Concept Design stage as the two design firms collaborate to re-think the existing interior spaces of a terrace house in Paddington. More updates on the design process coming soon.

A group of French & Australian scholars, architects and artists put together an exhibition, ‘Shifting, drifting, dribbling’, as part of Sydney Design Week. The shared interest was in the intersection between Art, Cinema, and Architecture. Drawings, films, photographs, and texts were created that explored ‘architecture in film’ or ‘architecture of film’. Those involved included, Chris L […]

The proposal was to add 3 repetitive small extensions to 3 living spaces within the existing openings of a Silos Apartment in Newtown. By doing so, the circular floor plans become more versatile and liveable. This happens by extending living spaces outwards, providing a subtle rectilinear geometry (while respecting the circle), and creating more useable shelter […]

The designs explore the atmospheric power of light and darkness, borrowed space, layers of privacy, and materiality, to create two textured urban dwellings in Newtown. A challenge was to improve upon the conventional terrace house type and to work within two very narrow and long sites. Below is a (very tiny) preview into the often […]

We are designing an extension to a Pettit + Sevitt architecturally designed project home conceived of by Ken Woolley AM (who, by the way, critiqued Vesna Trobec’s work when she was a Masters student at Sydney University). When an architect designs modifications to another architects work, it takes place like a conversation. In this case, it is a non […]

We will publish images of the process here as we explore the spatial potential of the Sydney terrace house. Contributors to this process are Russell Rodrigo, Min W Dark, and Vesna Trobec.

The new roof will improve the existing home by bringing in healthier light and air-flow, re-working spatial hierarchies to improve them, and by extending the living spaces upwards for a growing family. These models are some very early experiments by Michelle.

The photographer Alisha Gore is working on a creative artist series of photographs with people who have inspired her. She uses photography to tell a story about her subject’s creative (in this case architecture) practice. In her collaboration with Vesna Trobec she is focusing on Vesna’s use of layering,  depth, and tone, in order to create rich […]

What is the minimal intervention that will create the biggest change to how an office works? STUDIO TROBEC have been commissioned to come up with strategies that re-think how the community organisation will work as it grows and inhabits various council-owned buildings. Their mission is to “pursue our vision of a fair society based upon […]

STUDIO TROBEC have been commissioned to design concept options that explore how an existing house could be transformed to accommodate a growing family.

STUDIO TROBEC have been commissioned to extend the existing house down-wards opening up new possibilities for how the family could interact with each other and the contoured gardens of their property. Images from the process (Sketch Design):

STUDIO TROBEC have been commissioned to transform an existing mixed-use podiatry practice and home in an eastern suburb of Sydney. With a 1m intervention and a few internal changes, what is now a 1 bedroom house will become home to a growing family and business. Watch this space for updates on the design process.

Elizabeth Farrelly (architecture critic, columnist, author) wrote a compelling article in today’s Sydney Morning Herald on the Tiny House Movement, quoting “the enchanting tataMI house” for “nomadic and mobile futures” designed by Chris L Smith, Min W Dark, Langzi Chiu, and Vesna Trobec (STUDIO TROBEC). With the high cost of housing in Sydney and the tremendous capacity […]

We were asked to re-design the front of a house due to the existing major structural problems and used the opportunity to add to & improve the spaces. The re-design of the sun-room will transform the existing storage room into a private and bright new study + guest room, and improve the spatial ambiance of the existing master […]

The design of the studio at the back of a cottage in Balmain has been finalised and lodged to council. The design provides our clients with more versatile options for their future living arrangements and those of their adult children. The brief was to replace the existing carport with a new studio containing a place for living, sleeping and entertaining, as well […]

RAWArchitects were invited to submit a scheme for Zetland, which Vesna was on the team to help develop. It is a housing project that proposes new configurations of collective space in the heart of the changing suburb. The project will make a contribution to the character and vitality of this urban renewal area and provide Sydney with much needed housing stock close to areas of […]

A ceramics artist has commissioned us to design a small ceramics school on her property that sits dramatically on the edge of Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. She will begin taking classes upon construction completion in the earlier part of 2014.

Here are some previews from our design process during the design of the ceramics studio for an artist and her students. The design is approaching council lodgement. The studio sits on the edge between the existing house and Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park (where the old car-port used to be), using the surrounding natural landscape from the National […]

At the back of a property in Balmain the owners have decided to get better use out of their property by adapting it to the current and future needs of their family. The existing carport will be demolished and replaced with a small live-in studio, workshop and new enclosed car space. The brief is to maintain […]