People

Topology Studio was founded by directors Amy Hallett and Darren Kaye in 2012. Together, Amy and Darren bring to their practice a combined 40 years of experience in delivering projects with inherently complex and unique briefs, and a passion for exacting design standards. 

Topology Studio’s designs are informed by the unique attributes of each site, in particular the physical landscape and the climatic conditions, to create bold, rich and meaningful places. Their work combines a design-intensive, creative approach with robust, process-driven architecture. 

Having spent a decade as Associate Director at one of Australia’s most respected architecture practices, Darren has extensive experience leading residential, commercial and hospitality projects across all scales. His innovative approach to design is driven by an interest in the way sustainability principles can enhance the inhabitant’s experience of architecture, as well as the broader environment. 

Amy’s experience working for leading design architects has developed her passion for detail and conceptual legibility. She has worked on numerous public, residential and educational projects in Australia and overseas, notably The British Library Centre for Conservation and The Jewish Museum in London. Having a young family has provided new insight in designing for children and families in both the residential and public spheres.

Our Approach

Topo (place) ology (study)

Established in 2012, Topology Studio is a creative practice that is passionate about design and high-quality built architecture.

For us, the starting point for any design is a strong cup of coffee followed by a study of place. This may be the natural, cultural, urban or historic landscape. This consideration for the existing landscape, for your brief and for your personality ensures each project we design is unique and uniquely tied to place.

We question and test the brief to make sure we clearly understand your needs and aspirations. In a rigorous design process during which a wide range of possibilities are developed and tested, we seek to define the essence of the design. Light, proportion, materiality and efficiency are both our tools and our signature. Appropriate passive design strategies are integral, and materials are carefully considered for their sustainability, longevity and environmental impact.

We understand the value of clear communication and a transparent process. Our directors engage with every client, ensuring each project is underpinned by equal amounts of passion and vigour. 

In our work, we strive for a delicate balance between the functional and the poetic. Ultimately, once the builder has finished and the dust settles, we hope our architecture will bring continued joy to its inhabitants.

Collaborations

We believe that drawing on the knowledge and experience of others ensures richness in thinking and promotes meaningful exchange.

We have undertaken a number of collaborative projects with John Hallett Art + Design to produce special timber hardware for our projects. John is an artist and designer who works with a range of materials, specialising in timber and glass. www.jhallett.com.

The ability to fabricate unique items that have been designed specifically for a project opens up the possibilities beyond the range of commercially available architectural hardware. We are fortunate to be based in Melbourne where there is a rich and diverse design community. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with specialist designers and seek to specify locally designed and produced furniture, fabrics and lighting whenever suitable.

Collaboration with the consultant team is instrumental to achieving a quality outcome. We hand pick the best team to deliver each project.

The city of Melbourne has a wealth of design events that we love to be involved in. We have participated in public events such as Open House Melbourne and the Robin Boyd Foundation’s Architecture Awards 2017 Open Day. We have also been invited to speak at the Robin Boyd Foundation’s Design Discussion and at ArchiTeam Member Night.

Awards

2017 Victorian Architecture Awards
Kevin Borland Award for Small Project Architecture
South Melbourne Beach House

Commendation for Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
South Melbourne Beach House

2017 Houses Awards
Shortlisted – New House Under 200m2
South Melbourne Beach House

Shortlisted – House in a Heritage Context
South Melbourne Beach House

2017 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards
Finalist – Architectural Design
South Melbourne Beach House

2017 Architeam Awards
Finalist – Residential New
South Melbourne Beach House

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