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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 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 […]

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 […]

A duplex design for two families, each with a series of high quality, bright, ventilated and healthy spaces, has been lodged to council with construction to begin in 2015. Each duplex has its own internal courtyard with the main internal spaces openable up to it. There is the potential to create a large number of spatial configurations, making this […]

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.

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 […]

Vesna Trobec was both a participant and invited guest critic at Gold Medal Architect Peter Wilson’s drawing workshop on the character (and then abstraction) of Australian trees. He visited Australia from his home in Germany to run a national lecture series. These are some process drawings from the workshop.

TROBEC – CHIU have designed a new “house” for the Prime Minister of Australia. The form of the headland is preserved so that the rich experience of walking along its main ridge-line is not diminished; there is not a manicured green but the natural plateau lends itself as the space for outdoor functions while remaining versatile […]

TROBEC – CHIU team up with artist and curator Bronia Iwanczak for a new public art proposal (following the success of our submission in 2011 to the City of Sydney). The artwork uses humour and personalised social engagements to target ageism within public life in Sydney city. Bronia Iwanczak is a visual artist whose mixed […]

TROBEC – CHIU have been commissioned to design a site specific shelter on top of a hill south of Mission Beach in Far North Queensland. Our priority is to make the basic aspects of living as enjoyable as possible: sleeping, resting, cooking, eating, washing, connecting, and hosting occasional guests. The clients want a minimal structure, […]

The brief was to replace an existing deck that had been destroyed by the growth of a tree at a preschool in Botany. The Spiral allows the tree space to continue growing as well as provides new possibilities for children to play around and interact with the tree. It is a place for new games […]

The Education Faculty at the University of Sydney commissioned us to design concepts for their new Educational Design Research Room. For what is to be an inspirational learning environment, the challenge was to create a sense of intellectual and creative freedom in a room with no windows. By abstracting ‘nature’ using light and organic form […]

As university students, Vesna Trobec and Langzi Chiu decided to work together on their graduation project, Conversations with Middle Head. The project was nominated for the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Design Medal and exhibited around Sydney at various galleries. This project marks the beginning of Langzi’s and Vesna’s professional partnership as well as outlines […]