Tennyson Point house

When you start a new practice, it is hard to anticipate where clients will come from, especially when you don’t start out with any particular ambitions to design houses. This early design and the resulting project is the result of a chance conversation and the exploration of... read more

Design excellence in Parramatta, NSW

For a startup only 18 months in age, in October 2015, Shiro Architects joined an exclusive club when it competed on the basis of design excellence in Parramatta, NSW, in a paid, invitation-only design competition hosted by Parramatta City Council. The contest was to design what would become a 23-storey... read more

A first overseas project for Shiro

For Shiro Architects, 2016 began in Fiji, sizing up a site for the house of a major figure in Australia’s construction industry, on Vanua Levu, Fiji's second largest island. Vanua Levu is less tourist-oriented than Viti Levu, and all the more pleasant for it. As far as the eye can... read more

Apartments, St Marys, NSW

Shiro Architects has been approached to work on the feasibility of a residential development at the town centre of St Marys, NSW, close to its railway station. The proposed site allows for ground and first floor commercial use, and the client wishes for both West Lane and Queen Street ground... read more

Gordon House

In January, we spent two days in a workshop with a charming, super-intelligent couple wishing to redevelop their house in Sydney’s leafy suburb of Gordon. As former academics now deeply embedded in the world of corporate strategy, they are deeply concerned with process, so our admittedly small workshop – two... read more

Meriton Tower, Sydney CBD

Hiromi: “Harry Seidler and I designed Meriton Tower together. Meriton’s Harry Triguboff owned the Village Cinema site, which had its stage one DA approved design done by Hassell. The City of Sydney had just then introduced its competitive design process for design excellence, and as the client, Harry Triguboff,... read more

Sydney Fish Market gate design

Hiromi: “First of all, for the Fish Market gate, I came up with really big Calatrava-style arch but it couldn’t be built as we had to use the existing foundation already built according to a previous architect’s scheme, meaning we had to stick with its column positions. “But the previous... read more

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre

One of Australia’s first Indigenous theme parks, Tjapukai Cultural Park is an Aboriginal cultural centre located in Carvonica, just outside Cairns in far north Queensland. Its purpose is to educate and inform visitors to the city, especially those from overseas, about Aboriginal culture. Hiromi: “This is a replacement design for... read more

National Arboretum, Canberra

National Arboretum, Canberra, Freefall Experience Design Ideas Competition entry, July 2014. Hiromi: “The intent of our entry’s design was to create a striking structure, an egg-shaped pod with a compelling story, in line with the competition’s aim of increasing the number of people visiting the National Arboretum Canberra. “We aimed to... read more

200 George Street, Sydney, redevelopment

In 2011, Hiromi worked in conjunction with collins and turner architects, MBMO Architects’ Sven Ollmann and Plus Minus Design’s Phillip Arnold on collins and turners’ shortlisted entry into the design excellence competition for the $215m redevelopment of Mirvac’s 200 George Street in Sydney’s CBD. The brief called for a detailed... read more