For those interested in the detail, Shiro is something of a play on words. Hiromi’s name has often been abbreviated in the Australian vernacular to “Hiro”, and in Japanese, the family name, and hence its initial, comes first, preceding that abbreviation.

But, as in that language the Chinese character 白, or Shiro, is the stem of her family name, Shiraishi, or “white stone”, Shiro suggests a philosophical translation in which beginning a design with an absence of colour, or the clean white sheet, can give rise to the purest creative design approach.

When attacking any design problem, Shiro Architects starts from that blank sheet, and it is from this perspective that our practice aims to learn to overcome some of the most challenging of modern architectural problems.


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