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Idle Architecture Studio is unique in that we are able to work on large and small scale projects effectively across a range of typologies. We collaborate with consultants and a range of experts in relevant fields to enrich the projects we work on.

Our focus is on establishing resilient relationships based on mutual trust and clear communication with our clients so that we can deliver the best outcome possible. We create innovative and functional designs that enrich the quality of people’s lives while making a positive contribution to the rich fabric of the built environment.

We have a strong track record after delivering more than 100 projects. We’re proud of the work we produce and the collaborative design process we engage in with our clients. Many of our clients return for new and different projects as a result of the personal service we provide and the strength of the relationship we build with them.

What We Do

Commercial Design

At Idle Architecture Studio our rigorous design process leads to innovative design responses, always within the operational and financial parameters of commercial architecture.

We understand that different building types, whether purpose built facilities or commercial market responsive structures, require significant research and exploration of design possibilities to uncover the optimal outcome.

We have developed sophisticated delivery methods that explore the latest in materials and construction techniques producing efficient solutions and adding long term value to the final built product.

Multi-Residential Design

Collective housing will be the most important form of housing built in this country in the next century. For many years Idle Architecture Studio has been delivering high quality multi-residential projects that stand the test of time. By combining our genuine interest in sustainable future housing models and our solid expertise in the field, we have an important role to play in transforming our vibrant city.

Many of our projects are delivered to the market by private clients and as such are speculative, requiring us to constantly challenge and explore housing typologies, seeking innovative solutions suited to varying locations and occupants.

The continuing pressure on our cities is forcing planning authorities to be rigorous with planning controls. As specialists in this genre, with numerous successful projects to our name, we have developed significant expertise in interpreting and applying these controls.


Bespoke houses are the ultimate personal expression and lifestyle investment; these projects have the ability to inspire us and transform the way we interact with the environment we live in.

Our residential projects are highly responsive, individually crafted dwellings that respond to the client’s needs while focusing on the thoughtful resolution of detail.

The success of these projects hinges on the development of a very close, trusting relationship with our client because starting with a ‘blank sheet of paper’ demands that a series of collective ideas and aspirations are developed, tested and ultimately built. Although not necessarily an easy process, it is an incredibly rewarding experience.

Interiors & Workspace Design

Interiors are the most intimate experience of our architecture.

Thoughtful interior design allows us to live, work and play in highly functional, pleasing environments. It ultimately involves the crafting of space, materials and light to create memorable environments.

Workspace design has changed significantly over the past decade as our economy has become a much more sophisticated knowledge-based workforce, focussed on more flexible, team-based processes.

Spaces need to be adaptable and creative; responsive to specific activities and able to facilitate varying communication types. ‘Working smarter’ is only possible when the physical environment facilitates and encourages innovative working practices.

Feasibility Studies

If you have an idea, we can work through the opportunities and constraints in an objective manner and determine the possibilities.

Often this involves looking at these things from first principles, preparing several design options and identifying where the ultimate outcome can be attained.

Drawing on our depth of experience and detailed research we develop the decision-making framework relevant to the prospective project.

Whether the project be commercial or multi-residential, all successful projects must be rigorously underpinned by solid financial practicalities and inspired by experience and vision.

Pre-Fabricated Housing

The new frontier of construction, pre-fabrication offers many solutions to solve cost, time and quality issues that make many projects unviable.

For many years we have explored numerous opportunities presented by pre-fabrication; in particular modules suited to mass production applications, such as hotels, student accommodation and remote housing.

We have recently utilised this specialised form of construction in the design of a multi-level, boutique hotel whereby construction time and cost were both significantly reduced.

We are currently involved in designing a remote, island resort using pre-fabricated modules in order to reduce time, cost and site disruption during construction.

How We Do It


Program & Plan

All successful projects start with a well prepared and inquisitive brief that enables the design team to understand where this project can lead.

As an office we like to look at every option; many sketches are prepared only the best are selected.



Materials are a huge part of what we do.

Understanding and developing new ways of using familiar materials is what fascinates us in the practice of architecture.


Be Playful

It’s easy to take architecture and design too seriously. Innovative design means thinking differently and taking risks.

Experiencing good architecture should be uplifting and fun and so should the buildings themselves.