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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

Vesna Trobec was invited by Elizabeth Farrelly to present her architecture work alongside Peter McGregor at Surry Hills Library in her ABOUT THE HOUSE architecture discussion series. Vesna spoke of how her work in Papua New Guinea and other influences inform her current design practice of working for her clients in Sydney. Topics covered were […]

The design brief was to transform the ‘closed in’ balcony of the converted apartment into an outdoor area where the surrounding views could be properly enjoyed by a father and his son. The deck creates playful seating, viewing and socialising options. There is a grand seating space (a ‘throne’) where shelter and aspect are combined […]

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 […]

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 […]

A project designed for Town Hall Square, Sydney. A collaboration between TROBEC – CHIU and artists Sarah Goffman & Bronia Iwanczak. We were selected as last-tier finalists by the City of Sydney and commissioned to develop the design. “Imagine arriving at Sydney Square and finding it scattered with oversized sculptural islands of found and collected […]