We create high-functioning showcase commercial and residential projects, taking the forward-looking, innovative character of modern, minimal Japanese architecture as inspiration.

Our buildings both win awards and make clients money.

That used to be sufficient, but now we can go one better, feeding vastly better information to those making such investments in modern-age buildings straight from the minds of those who will commission and use their spaces.


Turbo-charge your revenue through briefing that brings users’ knowledge to life in your buildings’ designs

Given the availability of universal access to the intelligence and wishes of internet-connected occupiers, too little of it is finding its way into the briefing of spaces which could work better for those who live and work in them.

Yet, by fixing this problem, we can transform better knowledge of user needs into demonstrable product improvements to help you build knowledge and reputation to win and keep new customers.


Using our unique knowledge and experience, we can help you get inside the minds of users in a way other practices can’t.


Through designs that take advantage of perspectives and stories across the entire user base, we can help you fit your properties better to those users’ interests.


Indeed, because we have been first to recognise its potential, we’ve been paid to write and publish on it here, in FM (Facility Management) magazine, and here, in Indesign magazine, on its specific applications to shaping the workplace of the future.

But, first things first, our architectural credentials.


The Shiro design differentiator

Prior to founding Shiro, our design principal Hiromi Lauren enjoyed a highly successful 20-year career working for Harry Seidler and Associates, where she was an associate, and one of Harry’s favourites.

Then, her first building completed subsequently in her own right, the KDV Golf and Tennis Academy on Queensland’s Gold Coast, scored her and Shiro “a hole in one” when, in June 2017, it won the 2017 Queensland state award for commercial architecture.

 

KDV Golf and Tennis Academy, earlier image of front elevation looking slightly east at sunrise, taken on a builder's phone camera.

Above: KDV Golf and Tennis Academy, Carrara, Gold Coast, Queensland

In its January-February 2018 edition, Architecture Australia magazine gave it generous coverage, and there is a link to that feature article here.

After winning the Queensland award, Hiromi’s first media interview was also published here in the Australian Design Review.

But, when working for Harry Seidler, Hiromi had already proven her ability to create unexpected financial benefits for developers.


Our commercial differentiator: Delivering design-driven windfalls for commercial multi-residential developers

At Seider’s, Hiromi earnt Harry’s esteem not least by doing just precisely this, securing her developer client an unforeseen bonus of more than $5 million when she designed an unexpected extra unit into each of 11 of 16 floors of the North Apartments building in Sydney’s Goulburn Street.

Being extremely skilled and disciplined with tight spaces is baked into her practices as a product of her Japanese architectural background and the pressures of having repeatedly had to prove her space-economising abilities to Japan’s banker-investors when working there during its economic-growth “bubble” years.

 

North Apartments, Goulburn Street, Sydney

 

North Apartments, Goulburn Street, Sydney

 

Likewise, on a current apartment-development project in southern Sydney comprising a requirement for 60 units, her design has yielded an extra four, bringing its total to 64 units.


Shiro exists to create attention-grabbing spaces to feel good about

On the KDV Golf and Tennis Academy’s completion, we were given feedback independently by groups representing each of two prestigious visiting Queensland property developers that the design characteristics that bathe its interior so generously in natural light made the project “feel good.”

Its striking appearance aside, this was also a notably inexpensive building, built on time and to budget.

We are now working for our client, KDV Sport, on its follow-up project, its student accommodation block, designed to house top-flight international sporting students in an environment that simply must follow this same “feel good” rule.


Presenting and producing new and better ways of living and working

With its form and functionality, the KDV Sport accommodation facility’s design demonstrates a model environment for any development needing to incorporate amenities shared by groups with common requirements alongside private, individual living spaces.

And because our design of high-ticket sports living quarters has given us experience in hospitality, sport and leisure, we wish to extend this expertise in collaborations that advance the development of such shared facilities in new ways of living.

Such design extends most naturally to welcoming residential spaces that facilitate retirement, aged and village living, build to rent and coliving, but also coworking and modern, creative workspaces. In any of these, their users must feel at their most comfortable and productive best. We believe there may even be a place in the world for “boarding houses for rich people.”

Working with those who wish to capture better the knowledge of users by using state of the art briefing practices will enable us further to design and deliver yet more optimal new places in which to live and work.


Growing single-dwelling residential expertise

In residential, although we never set out specifically to design houses, at around the time as Hiromi won the Queensland architecture award, we were also invited to submit three of our house designs for inclusion in the television show Grand Designs Australia

This dramatic luxury home we currently have under construction on the Parramatta River waterfront, NSW, aside (which is being built for the family of a successful multi-residential developer), the other two were in Kellyville, NSW, and Gordon, NSW.

In the Parramatta River waterfront house video, we’ve taken a bit of licence with the background, but the illustration is otherwise faithful to what is being built.

 

Under construction: Parramatta River waterfront residence

 

Under construction: Kellyville house