Di Mase Architects
Modern life has quietly brought endless changes into our lifestyle and environment, especially the built environment in which we live. People are busier than ever, technology more advanced and unfortunately, our natural resources are becoming fewer and fewer.
At Di Mase Architects, we believe quality architecture plays a vital role in the evolution of modern life and that design, in all its forms, has the ability to transform people’s lives. It is for this reason that we seek to make our built environment more accessible, more sustainable and more engaging for everyone.
Ultimately it is through design that we strive to create architecture that connects people to their environment and makes the best possible use of our diminishing resources.
Our design considers the practicality of our client’s lives and is centered on the concept of ‘real people’ needing ‘real design’. Our pragmatic approach to design sees us working collaboratively with our clients to achieve the best possible design outcomes.
“Antony is a positive and attentive professional who takes care in understanding his client’s needs, both in design and budget!” – Geoffrey Moyle, Cost Planner
Each project, no matter the scale, is an opportunity to serve both the client and community interests. This is why we look optimistically at the present, the resources available to us, and serve to mindfully create something that will make the most of a site and its potential.
We are just as excited by the opportunity to create something completely new as we are by the character and potential of existing sites. While we may labour over bringing a completely new vision to life on an empty site, it is our dedication to the creative re-use of older buildings and daylight design in architecture makes the most of what is immediately and (cost effectively) available to us.
“It is refreshing to come across a practice that understands the potential of adaptation and re-use, rather than spruiking their environmental credentials on the basis of knocking down existing building fabric and replacing it with the latest and greatest ‘green’ technologies.”
Examples of our latest and greatest works include:
Pursuing our philosophy of creative re-use, this warehouse renovation strove for a sustainable outcome. Specifically, our clients wanted to pursue the voluntary European building standard known as ‘Passive House’ (PassivHaus), which provides a comfortable internal environment while reducing household energy use by up to 90 per cent. Shortlisted for AIA Architecture awards in two categories during 2016, Gezellig house achieves a truly comfortable and sustainable home for our clients.
Middle Park Terrace
A graceful combination of old and new brings life, light and air to this Middle Park terrace house. This beautifully crafted home responds to contextual constraints whilst transforming this compact ageing terrace into a series of peaceful and relaxed spaces for everyday living.
Bennett Street Project
The owners of this tiny single-fronted cottage in North Fitzroy were looking for an affordable rejuvenation that would save them having to move to a more distant suburb for more space. This was the sort of challenge we relish: coming up with a functional and ergonomic design that would enable our clients to ‘live small’ without compromising on good design, space and the creature comforts modern families expect. The ‘puzzle’ is to make sure every detail matters and every square centimetre is used effectively.