60 Years of Innovative Architecture

60 Years of Innovative Architecture

Construction in Focus, Issue: February 2013
20.02.13

For the architects in the Sydney, Brisbane and Beijing based firm, design is more than a routine technical process; it is an art form. And this creative approach, Mr Heenan insists, is key. Of course, “we do structural analysis, environmental modelling, thermodynamic analysis, and materials research,” he adds. “But what you are really trying to do is get all over that and start being poetic. Start lifting it beyond the norm.”

Allen Jack+Cottier have certainly succeeded in pushing beyond the norm. The firm boasts a roster of trailblazing projects – from a new city in China able to accommodate 30,000 residents to portable living quarters in Antarctica. Indeed, some of the company’s most exciting recent developments are challenging the entire industry to rethink the limits of retail and mixed use development here in Australia. The team believes that, “we can do much better than the standard big box shopping centre model. You can have a wonderful community feel in a large development,” Mr Heenan insists. “You can have retail development, you can have community facilities, and you can have wonderful landscape.”