Brooking Design Architects is a protean and collaborative architectural practice, based out of Fremantle, Australia. This firm was established in 1993 by architect and designer Tom Brooking RAIA. Brooking Design has been widely acclaimed for its projects ranging from residential to hospitality and from retail to conservational projects.

1. Doongalla Road Residence, Melbourne.

Type of project: Residential

Seeking its inspiration from a stone quarry, the Doongalla Road residence is the perfect amalgamation of smooth finishes and raw textures. A profligate dream, this residence has a perfect combination of tranquillity and bespoke. With a Japanese Garden, meditation desk, and a koi pond, this house’s sure to suit any modern individual’s fast-paced life.

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2. Habgood Street Residence, Freemantle.

Type of project: Residential

Tom Brooking’s Habgood Street residence is a river-facing residence that was created as an ideal home to any modern family. With synchronizing walls and roof, this residence creates coexistent spaces that provide for equitable privacy for both children and adults.

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3. JSRACS Kindergarten, Mirrabooka

Type of project: Educational

This highly recognized and awarded building for BDA has been one of the key projects since its establishment. The playful and bright interiors of this building make any visitor a child. BDA’s reference from expressionism and Nordic style of design sort of blends along with the heavy use of color, making this area a place worth lingering around, not to mention the pieces of mammoth puzzles placed in the center add to it.

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4. Brine Residence, Little Marine.

Type of project: Residential

This award-winning residence shatters the notion that beach-side homes look like shacks. This modern-day shack comprises materials such as textured glass and zinc. Robust design with brightly lit interiors perfectly embodies automated buildings with befitting design.

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5. Pakenham Street Residence, Fremantle.

Type of project: Residential

This interior project by BDA tells the story of an indulgent designer. The mezzanine and the sloping roof of this heritage residence are overtaken by the glossy black storage unit that encapsulates a hidden staircase placed at its core.

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6. Japanese Fan House

Type of project: Residential

The Japanese Fan House is structurally created by two intertwined semicircles that create a convoluted building. The radial plan creates a two-faced building with one face having a strong boulder-like exterior while the other creates a more warm and intramural space.

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7. Live Headquarters, Perth

Type of project: Commercial

The Live office headquarters designed by BDA displays a fine quality of high-end office interiors. An office designed in not a large space as the earlier works of BDA, this project is a perfect example that quality work can be displayed anywhere. The workspace partitioning has been done while catering to the brand’s repute of taking risks.

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8. Ocho Apartments, Leederville.

Type of project: Residential

Ocho (or eight) apartments are placed in a family-friendly neighborhood of Leederville located in Perth. Designed around a Red Cedar tree these apartments contradict the general notion of rectangular stacks, with a cantilevered roof, soothing exteriors, and unbarred openings for the Sun.

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9. Live Store, Westfield Carousel.

Type of project: Retail

The non-native interiors of the live store are an attraction point of the adolescent retail market for the company. The almost alien-like interiors have been inspired by NASA and to portray them industrial material like glass, stainless steel, and plastic have been used which are unlikely to be found.

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10. Electro Lounge

Type of project: Entertainment

The lounge is an example of BDA’s diversification in the entertainment sector. With the wave-like ceiling, limestone cladding and a ‘jester’s hat’ like centerpiece sofa, unveils the architects love for contrasting elements that symbolize a form of rhythm.

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11. Frugivorous Kiosk

Type of project: Retail

If God is in the detail, Tom Brooking is a true believer. The Frugivorous kiosk is a well-conceptualized juice bar made using bright color panels perfect to allure customers. The colors and shape of the kiosk have been selected to reflect the textures found on fruit skins.

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12. JSRACS, Senior Learning Centre

Type of project: Educational

This senior learning center is built around the principle that learning never stops. The large mezzanine with exposed high-span LVL timber beams creates a large space that acts as an escort for open thinking and free sharing of knowledge. The exteriors not only complements the large green space around it but also symbolizes the magnificent learning opportunity the center provides.

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13. LULU Childcare

Type of project: Educational

With an indirect derivation from a Rubik’s cube, the elevated structure of the building brands itself as a symbol of reliability. According to BDA’s brief, every color panel in the façade alludes to a certain value the company wants to inculcate in the children.

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14. Industrial Development, Bibra Lake

Type of project: Commercial

The free form roof acts as a point of attention to all those who glance at the building. With the exteriors using curtain glazing, the building cannot be guessed to encompass factory units and offices. A large span covering roofs suggests a similar representation to the Athenian Parthenon.

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15. B-Shed, Fremantle.

Type of project: Heritage Conservation

Creating a clear distinction between the bygone and the present stands the B shed, bordering with the Fremantle Harbour. This 85-year-old heritage shed was a heritage conservation project undertaken by BDA. The large steel truss supporting the iron sheets creates a clear distinction with the contemporary interiors.

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HitarthDev Singh is an architecture student, who is trying to experience as much as he can before the robots take over. Hitarth loves public speaking and writing. When he’s not working, you can find Hitarth listening to the Beatles or hanging out with the Chihuahuas.

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