Phillips/Pilkington Architects Pty Ltd was formed in Adelaide in 1992 by Susan Phillips and Michael Pilkington and has achieved a reputation for design excellence and innovation in more than four hundred projects undertaken over the past twenty two years.

Phillips/Pilkington Architects have a particular interest in developing and enhancing a sense of cultural identity within their projects which is evident within their tourism and community based work. The practice enjoys the dynamic of working with clients, artists, design professionals and communities to develop site responsive and culturally appropriate environments which develop a real ‘sense of place’.

The practice has a strong commitment to environmentally sustainable design which further reinforces a sense of place by responding to local climatic conditions. Educational, residential, tourism, public housing and community cultural facilities are a key focus of the practice with major Design Awards being received for over twenty-five projects. The Practice has been represented in the following exhibitions: 

• 40 UP National Young Australian Architects 1999
• Venice Biennale 2006
• Venice Biennale 2008

cultural context
a sense of place
accommodating people
the potential of materials
collaboration
environmental responsibility
community enhancement

these are the things that inspire us in our work

Since 1992 our practice has pursued the design expression of an architecture suited to its location. Almost all of our projects are broadly located in a 'hot-arid' climate and we have sought to express these characteristics by designing low-energy, sheltering structures which require less energy to operate due to the incorporation of many passive design features such as active shading systems, reverse veneer wall systems, high thermal mass interiors and super-insulation. Over the last decade, these strategies have been developed and overlaid with a stronger consideration of materials selections and attention to more active energy systems such as solar space heating and PV power generation. Further active environmntal considerations have involved the source of products selections, resources used in the production and transportation (embodied energy), waste minimisation and materials recycling. In 2008 we designed a 5 star GreenStar 'Office' project; a New Research Building for the University of South Australia, at the Magill Campus. This project provided office accommodation for 80 social research academics, but was not built. The projects listed below illustrate our directions in the regard to the production of Environmentally Sustainable Design.

 


University of South Australia, New Learning Centre,
City West Campus, 2010 - 2013

  • 5 star Greenstar building
  • Hot solar water
  • Stormwater capture and reuse
  • Effective sunshade to all elevations
  • Maximum daylight penetration
  • Mixed mode air conditioning to ground floor

 

 

 

University of South Australia, New Research Building, 
Magill Campus, 2007 - 2008

  • 5 star GreenStar 'Office' rated, "as designed"
  • Shaded ventilated south/north day/light light/air system
  • Extensive sunshading verandah's and sun-control fins.

 

 

 

 


MADEC, Mildura, 2005 - 2007

  • Use of low embodied energy materials including
    rammed earth, recycled and plantation timbers
  • Underground water storage and re-ue in flushing toilets
  • Effective sun-shading to all elevations
  • Internal thermal mass to modular temperature
  • High-level exhaust of hot air
  • Winter solar entry directly onto thermal mass
  • Hybrid steel/timber framing system for floors and roof

 

 


McCormick Centre for the Environment, 2001 - 2002

This project in Renmark South Australia, incorporated the
following ESD features:

  • 5.4 KW power generation
  • Solar/Gas wet radiator space heating system
  • Large internal thermal mass
  • Collection and re-use of all rainwater
  • Passive solar design, shading etc.
  • Large-scale timber LVL structural framing system

  


Innes National Park Visitor Centre, 1996 - 1998

This project located in coastal Innes National Park tested
ESD principles involving the following considerations:

  • Simple 5'shed' roof form with simple roof overhang
    to provide shading
  • Suspended and slab-on-ground floor system
  • Timber cladding
  • Domestic evaporative cooling system in lieu of
    commercial refrigerated
  • Local stone walls
  • Landscape integration

 

Monarto Zoological Park Visitor Centre, 1995 - 1997

The building employed a number of environmental strategies
to minimise environmental impact, including:

  • Recycled timber for the structural framing, cladding,
    flooring and joinery
  • Development of a suspended floor above natural
    ground
    level to minimise impact to the site
  • Development of subsidence cooling towers, in
    association with architect Emilis Prelgauskas, as a low
    energy alternative to air conditioning
  • Collection of all rainwater to eliminate use of the River
    Murray mains supply
  • On site treatment of waste water
  • Promotion of natural ventilation through extensive use
    of glass louvres on both internal and external walls
  • Design of wet radiator solar heating system for future
    installation
  • Provision for future roof-mounted photo-voltaic power cells

This project won three Awards of Merit in the Royal Australian Institute of Architects' (SA Chapter) including Energy and Environment and is very popular as a conference and meeting venue.

 


McLaren Vale Visitor Centre, 1994 - 1996

The building employs the following strategies to minimise
environmental impact:

  • Low embodied energy materials including locally
    sourced rammed earth and stone
  • Plantation grown timber roof trusses and recycled timbers for
    main and structural framing and joinery
  • On-site treatment of waste water, recycled for irrigation
  • Orientation of building to maximise solar performance
  • Collection of rainwater
  • On site retention of stormwater

 

The facilities are extensively used for conferences and meetings. This project won a Civic Trust Award for Buildings in their setting and was displayed in the 40 UP Exhibition, an international touring exhibition featuring the work of 40 young Australian Architects.

Phillips/Pilkington Architects have worked for a wide range of Institutional, Commercial and Private clients including:

  • ATSIC
  • City of Adelaide
  • City of Mitcham
  • City of Marion
  • City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters
  • City of Port Pirie
  • City of Port Augusta
  • City of Whyalla
  • Concordia College
  • Country Arts SA
  • District Council of Streaky Bay
  • DOCs - NSW
  • Eastern Health Authority
  • Dominican School
  • Glynde Lutheran Church
  • Hewitson Winery
  • Housing SA
  • Light Regional Council
  • Loreto College
  • MADEC
  • National Parks and Wildlife Service
  • Pedare Christian College
  • Pilgrim School
  • Remark Paringa Council
  • Royal Australian Institute of Architects
  • SA Community Housing Authority
  • SA Housing Trust
  • Seymour College
  • St Columba College
  • St Joseph's Hectorville School
  • St Jude's Parish
  • Stockland
  • St Peters Blackwood Lutheran School & Church
  • St Peters Collegiate Girls School
  • Tatiara District Council
  • Torrens University Australia
  • Tourism SA
  • Town of Gawler
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of South Australia
  • Wilderness School
  • Woodcroft College
  • Zoos SA
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