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 […]

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, […]

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.

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Vesna Trobec is teaching drawing for the City of Sydney at the Kings Cross Library and the Juanita Nielsen Community Centre in Woolloomooloo.  Sign up for free introductory classes (below) or the affordable short courses (details will be available soon). Drawing with Charcoal @ the Kings Cross Library (click to book for free – bookings required) […]

Vesna taught two full-day drawing classes over the weekend to community members of Inner Sydney. The goal was to teach students how they might think with the non-critical parts of their minds in order to see things more clearly as they are. Here is some of the work by the students. Also, upon student request, […]

TROBEC – CHIU is the practice of recent graduates Vesna Trobec and Langzi Chiu. Born in Slovenia and Hong Kong respectively, the two combine their distinct cultural lenses to explore alternative forms of habitation. Their time is split between teaching commitments and the shared space they occupy in a soon-to be demolished 1960s George Street […]

TROBEC – CHIU have been commissioned to design an alterations & addition at the front of an existing property in Kogarah. We will update this section as we progress through the project.

TROBEC – CHIU will soon send the design for two houses side-by-side on a triangular corner site in a northern suburb of Sydney out to council. The houses support multi-generational living, fit in beautifully with the local context, and promote a healthy lifestyle for its occupants. At the centre of each house there is a […]

North Sydney Girls High School asked Vesna Trobec to be a guest speaker and jury on student projects exploring ‘Design as an Agent of Change’ due to Vesna’s history of using design for social activism. – Design is everywhere. Therefore, there is scope for invention everywhere as well. – The academically gifted Year 10 students were given exemption from […]

Albert Quizon from CHROFI and Ksenia Totoeva from Lahznimmo interviewed Vesna Trobec and Langzi Chiu as one of three young practices recently formed in Sydney. The other two were Tomahawk Archer Breakspear and Aileen Sage. It focuses on the theme of creative collaborations and spaces. The interview will be published in January 2014. Photograph by […]

Decommissioned mine sites, remnant structures and associated infrastructure can be found on almost every part of the Illawarra escarpment. These sites are an integral part of the Illawarra’s cultural heritage and carry with them an inherent sense of local pride. Their fabric and spatiality hold opportunities to become very engaging culturally activated places. Studies by […]