Make Sydney relocates

Make Architects, the international practice behind Wynyard Place is cementing its commitment to the region by relocating to larger premises to cater for its growing portfolio and employee base.

Led by Directors Simon Lincoln and Tracey Wiles, who between them draw on over 40 years of cross sector, international experience, the practice is working on an ever-expanding portfolio of projects ranging from major masterplans and landmark commercial buildings right through to boutique hotels and the interior design of luxury penthouses. Projects stretch across the country, from New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland.

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Ken Shuttleworth with Sydney studio directors Tracey Wiles and Simon Lincoln.

The global firm has had a base in Sydney for five years now, and the new studio is indicative of Make’s plans to invest in the region, as Simon Lincoln explains:

“When we first came to Sydney five years ago after winning Wynyard Place, we were never expecting to grow so quickly. But we have since relocated a number of partners from London as well as recruited locally. There is such a wealth of opportunity here and a real appetite for great architecture. Our global network of studios means we can collaborate across time zones and geographical regions and we work incredibly closely to share skills and best practice. Clients really value the mix of local and international knowledge and expertise.”

Australian native Tracey Wiles added: “Having worked overseas for nearly two decades, I was thrilled to come back to Australia in 2016 with international experience and a diverse portfolio. The Australian response to our brand of architecture – which blurs the boundaries between different sectors and challenges conventional thinking – has been very well received and it’s been wonderful to collaborate with exciting clients on exceptional projects across Australia.”

“We are now working on several high profile masterplans and a reimagined retail concept and applying our international experience from projects such as The Temple House Hotel for Swire Hotels which is regularly in the world’s Top Ten Hotel rankings, through to the phased renovation of Harrods, the renowned luxury London department store and the award winning Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery at the University of Oxford.”

The studio is under the guardianship of the employee-owned practice established by Ken Shuttleworth in London in 2004. Make’s ethos is the same regardless of location, with the practice committed to designing the best buildings, places and spaces in the world with the same inquisitive, problem solving process to explore the unique potential of every brief to find the best solution for each individual project.

Founding Partner, Ken Shuttleworth said: “We are extremely proud of what the team has achieved in Australia. To have such an incredible portfolio and client base in such a short timeframe is testament to their dedication and our commitment to Australia.”

Having more than outgrown their residence at Carrington Street, the practice is has relocated to 309 George Street.

Make’s client list boasts projects including:

  • Brookfield Office Properties’ AUS$1 billion Wynyard Place development
  • Pontiac Properties’ The Sandstones Buildings on Bridge Street
  • Macrolink and Landream’s residential development, Opera Residences and private amenities at 71 Macquarie Street including private commission for the penthouses
  • Interior design for residences for One Sydney Park for HPG
  • Pacific Group – Development of 3 beachside hotels located in Manly, Noosa and Terrigal.
  • 36 Carrington Street, Sydney
  • Built’s Queen Street luxury residential development

Make is now based at Level 3, 309 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000.

Contact details will remain the same: +61 2 8316 8950 / email: sydney@makearchitects.com

Make’s London studio will turn 15 in January 2019. It has also had a presence in China for the last 10 years, establishing a studio in Beijing in 2008 before relocating to Hong Kong in 2012. The practice also founded the Future Spaces Foundation in 2013, an international think-tank which aims to generate new thinking and research to inform the design of the spaces we inhabit. It has published three reports to date as part of their of Vital Cities programme, looking at how to revive the High Street; an analysis of Garden Cities as a solution to the housing crisis and more recently a look at 13 global cities and their infrastructure and connectivity as a response to density.

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