ARCHITECTURE – Future Systems

At studioJLA, we feel our architecture is an evolving process between design and technology. With advancement in sustainable technologies and being more affordable, their is an opportunity for the built environment to be more efficient in adapting to changes to its environment.

These technologies provide a dwelling with the ability to react to immediate changes in their environment while just a passive design approach generally is a response to seasonal changes and solar access.

For instance the typical home generally relies on mechanical air conditioning to heat and cool to bring a home to a constant thermal comfort level. Which the amount of air cooling or heating is determined by design and its existing thermal conditions.

However new technologies such as smart ceiling fans that reacting to the temperature of a space and adjust their fan speed to moderate the temperature of a room. The monitoring and small input of ventilation reduces the need for large input to cool and heat a space. Such large mechanical systems also require labour and resources to fabricate all the components. So each system needs to consider the input of each technology vs its output.

Such systems has been mainly for the commercial market but with large companies seeking to develop home automation systems based off AI, we are seeing many companies bring many smart home technologies to allow homes to assist in creating a sustainable future.

At studioJLA we are evolving our design approach and knowledge of various technological systems to provide a reactive built environment and systems that reduces our impact to the environment.










Castle Hill House by studioJLA ( Architect )



Once DA consent has been granted by Council, generally we begin the discuss the next steps forward in bringing your project in fruition. We believe each element needs careful thought and refinement to make a great environment to be enjoyed by its occupants. To do so, we believe in taking the time to create spaces which are both personal yet be each element work cohesively to create a seamless interaction between spaces. Our process moving forward is designed to assist our clients in their desire to create a dream home that inspires life yet meets its function.

We believe the next phases to be the most technical and complex phases of work, as they include all the issues such as design, planning, building regulations, cost and contractual issues to bring forward the project into fruition. We feel our expertise and experience in working with clients from start to finish, provides the expertise to make this time an enjoyable process while refining the design to create a special place.

To meet various building standards and requirements, this process requires the coordination of various consultants such as engineers, suppliers and specialized consultants to ensure all elements work together in a cohesive manner.

This process involves both design, coordination and technical knowledge to bring all the elements into a package suitable for costing and to complete the project. We appreciate most clients have little or no experience in construction process and therefore we provide both guidance, expertise and knowledge to procure documentation and management of the various stages moving forward.

We are typically involved from start to finish for our projects, we do believe our experience in all areas of the design and building cycle allows us to take a value-added approach to all elements to find the balance between design, cost and your needs.











Castle Hill House by studioJLA ( Architect )

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A short video illustrating our project in Epping and its progress over several months. The video illustrates the process of construction of a the light weight structure and its relationship to its exterior finishes. We look forward to providing more details as the project moves towards the interior fitout.











Epping House by studioJLA ( Architect )

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We have been given the opportunity to design a home on the northern beaches to provide accommodation for a large family and their many pets.

The property is discreetly positioned at one of the highest points in Dee Why with ocean views towards palm beach and to narabeen beaches.

After living at the residence for a number of years, the owners felt the existing layout of the house did not suit their lifestyle and wanted a home that took advantage of its position plus meet their everyday needs. However it was also important to them, the house be also a place of rest and inspire creativity and ideas.

As part of our design process for this residence, we completed a preliminary investigation to determine if a good design outcome could be achieved
with the constraints of ‘Alts & Adds’ or if a new dwelling was the appropriate form of development.

After considering all the issues, we set ourselves a challenge to see if we could achieve a good design while retaining the lower portion of the building. We believed the cost to rebuild elements such as the pool would be a very costly exercise due to the limited site access.

With this in mind, our design is a series of two linear elements extending the length of the site to embrace its view. The residence has been configured with an ‘upside down’ configuration with bedrooms on the lower level and living on the top. Allows us to maximise the water views from the living rooms spaces.

The linear configuration allows all rooms for a simple structural grid form to allow the glass facade system to be non-load bearing, a solution inspired by one of the masters of architecture ‘Mies Van De Rohe’

The design takes this a bit further by cantilevering elements over the existing foundations below to draw the surrounding views into the residence.

The residence has a series of outdoor connections on all levels and including a large alfresco area around the pool to entertain friends & family. On the top level, the open plan configuration which allows for the view to be admired from every point of the room.

We feel we have achieved a good design outcome for the owners with a degree of confidence that we have chosen the most appropriate form of development.

Dee Why Residence by Architect – studioJLA