According to the particular project requirements, DTB extends its’ architectural services to include the Interior Design elements, focussing on its’ structural, spatial, social and sensory experience.
Interior Architecture is the manipulation of the major building elements such as floors, ceilings, walls and staircases to provide the structural canvas for the overlay of fixtures, furniture, finishes, textures and colours that become the essence of the Interior Design.
In many instances the basic structural fabric and form (Interior Architecture) will be in existence and DTB will be required to work with these fixed elements to complete the Interior Design. For Laboratory projects this can include the coordination of complex servicing and other technical requirements into the Interior Architecture.
DTB strongly believe that the Interior Architecture and Design should complement the use and functionality of the space. The function of a space should be clearly read and easily understood. Whether it is the necessary clutter of a scientific space to the calm of a residential environment or race day stalls to allow the natural tones of the horses and the race day outfits to shine.
Lighting, both natural and artificial, are essential to the mood of an interior space. DTB specialise in detailing the fittings and fixtures to ensure that the sensory and visual effects of the space are carried through to the smallest item. Arriving late in the construction process, lighting can sometimes be compromised to save cost in the final phases of the building process. DTB will strongly support quality lighting due to its’ importance in the use and atmosphere of the designed space.
Multiple tools are used to convey the Concept to the Client and Stakeholders to aid in the spatial and sensory interpretation and understanding of the environment. DTB use 3D renderings & videos, mood boards, finishes selection boards, drawings, sketches and visits to suppliers or manufacturers to aid in the interpretation and presentation processes.
DTB continue to work on a range of building types and scales from residential refurbishment, office churns, new and reused educational space to large-scale sport and recreation facilities.
INTERIORS - Current
DTB are currently commissioned for a range of interior architecture & design projects.
The University of New South Wales is carrying out aesthetic upgrades to the public spaces in existing buildings. The spaces include lobbies, stairwells, hallways, student recreation spaces, courtyards, roof gardens and amenities. One of these projects involves the preservation and incorporation of highly significant artworks. These projects are currently at Concept stage.
DTB is also carrying out Compliance Review of individual hospitality tenancy designs in a CBD heritage building. Prior to DA lodgement, each design is checked for compliance with the strict and specific material and aesthetic codes that have been set for this important building and the local environment.
As architects for the new Oxford Falls Grammar School Seniors College, which is currently under construction, DTB have also now received Client approval for the Interior Design and Finishes. Stakeholders include Board members, School management, teachers, environmentalists and design commentators – the use of 3D tools to understand the different spaces was invaluable to the approval process.
DTB has recently been invited to submit Concept design for the public spaces of an exclusive, large scale, harbour-front residential complex. The submission requires re evaluation of the Concierge functions and creating a more intimate environment for residents in what are currently commercial spaces.
DTB continue to design, document and act as contract administrator for the upgrading of individual aged care units for the Abel Tasman Village to high care dual units. The progress of time, client requirements and changing legislation since the first upgrade has necessitated a review and adjustment of the original concepts.
DTB are the architect and interior designers for select private residential clients within the Sydney Metropolitan and regional areas including Petersham, Avoca, Erskinville, Forster and Gymea Bay. These projects include new build, alterations and extensions and refurbishment within heritage conservation zones.
INTERIORS - Recent
The University of Sydney, Anderson Stuart Building Upgrade – new wet and dry anatomy laboratories, lecture theatre & ophthalmology research spaces that are technology enabled were required to be located in the “Old Medical School” a heritage building in use since the 1890’s. The heritage spaces were required to be returned as far as possible to their original form with 21st century use, look and feel. Carpet patterns were chosen carefully to respect the adjoining public spaces with their original checker-board pattern and interior colours and finishes were carefully selected for the specific uses of each space.
Abel Tasman Village – Residential Aged Care – Unit upgrade. As the individual independent living cottages become available, they are converted to dual high-care units within the new single facility.
The finishes and colours of each unit conversion are altered to reinforce the individuality of the units and create a non-institutional atmosphere. Individual colours and finishes aid the care environment by assisting the residents to identify their individual place. Practical challenges are the nuances of each existing cottage and the practical and legislative challenges of a high-care facility.
Abel Tasman Village – Residential Aged Care – Link Building. All twelve existing cottages were linked to an internal corridor thereby creating a single high-care facility while residents remained in their individual cottages. The building also contains three lounge/ dining areas and a nurses station. Designed as an internal “street” with the existing tiled cottage roofs and exposed brick facades penetrating the exterior wall. To reinforce the “street” atmosphere, street furniture and street lighting were included in the interior design.
Inner West Council – Fanny Durack Café – the Client’s signature finishes in other cafes were warm timbers. In lieu of a stainless steel café fitout, a recently felled tree within the park environment was treated and shaped and used to emphasise the transparent look and feel of the space.
St Vincent de Paul Society – Ozanam Industries – Consolidation and conversion of existing warehouses used as a packaging facility staffed by people with various disabities, to a modern, efficient facility with new lobby and meeting rooms, staff amenities and recreational facilities. Each warehouse space was treated individually to create a clear spatial break between work areas, break-out spaces, storage and loading areas.
Features of the employee work-space included impressive saw-tooth roofs, clerestory glazing, exposed hardwood trusses and beams which were all utilised to provide natural light, air and vistas. Low-lying “pods” became meeting places, each capturing glimpses of the space within which they were nestled.
Northern Haematology & Oncology Group were one of the first private consultancies to move into the new purpose designed cancer centre in the Adventist Hospital, Wahroonga. Their requirement was for reception, waiting, consulting, administration and storage rooms within the allocated space. While the fit-out needed to reflect NHOG’s own branding, there were also strict guidelines within the cancer centres’ style and mood.
Adventist Hospital Dalcross – Day Surgery & Rehabilitation. DTB Architects were involved in the transition of several medical services from Killara to the main hospital at Wahroonga. Thus creating the opportunity for Dalcross to expand their Rehabilitation facilities and capacity and to introduce a Day Procedures Clinic.
The Clinic required that the new entry lobby, reception and waiting areas introduce the new style that the hospital was creating for their masterplanning of the site. Clean, modern and reassuring were the key experiences that were to be conveyed. DTB utilised a series of “mood” boards to allow the Client and Stakeholders to arrive at their preferred choices.
INTERIORS - Previous
DTB Architects has since its’ inception designed, documented and overseen the construction of a broad range of buildings and interior spaces including;
Tabcorp Park, Menangle at $35million project encompassing the Grandstands & Paceway, retail, dining and catering, commercial kitchens, administration building and the race stalls all on a grand scale for 1,000’s of participants.
The project comprised a mix of new and altered spaces most of which needed to be complete in a tight time frame to meet the Harness Racing calendars’ prestigious Inter Dominion Finals (2012 – 2014). The architectural challenges included adaptive reuse of a heritage building, environmental initiatives to conserve and recycle and DTB’s own initiative to create special viewing platforms within the race stalls so that racegoers could view at close range, highly trained and excitable horses without disturbing them and without spoiling the racegoers race day outfits.
DTB continues to specialise in heritage buildings, laboratories and teaching spaces often tasked for a combination of all three. Major clients include the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and University of Technology Sydney.
Aged Care and Health also form an integral of DTB’s extensive portfolio and includes new, existing and adapted buildings, aesthetic and compliance upgrades and peer review.