Panopticon House a finalist in World Architecture Awards

We are excited to be able to share that Bild’s Panopticon House has been announced as a finalist in this year’s World Architecture awards:

The World Architecture Festival is dedicated to celebrating, sharing and inspiring outstanding architecture. Held in Amsterdam this year, the WAF awards sit at the heart of the festival, the only global awards programme where architects present their completed buildings and future projects live to a panel of internationally renowned judges and delegates from around the world.


The Panopticon House featured in Houses Magazine

Bild’s Panopticon House has been featured in this month’s edition of Houses Magazine, with great images from TM Photo and an insightful and generous review by Professor Leon van Schaik:

Arising from the undulating dunes of Cape Otway, this house combines a classic nine-square plan with a floating, independently resolved roof profile that controls and enhances panoramic views. Empires thrive by absorbing and including others. This is true in many ways, and very evident in art. Romans strove to exemplify and then outdo their forebears in civilization, the Greeks. The ways in which the American cultural imperium builds on British roots is revealed – at a distance – by a recent house on a coastal headland in the Otways in southern Victoria. In an era in which almost every one of the headlands on our island continent seems doomed to be surmounted by an overblown ranch house, it is significant that one dream house inspires such reflection.

Ben Milbourne announced as Victorian Emerging Architect of the Year

Founding director of Bild Architecture, Ben Milbourne has ben announced as the 2017 Victorian Emerging architect of the year. The Emerging Architect Prize recognises an individual emerging architect or emerging architectural collaboration’s contribution to architectural practice, education, design excellence and community involvement, which advances the profession’s role within the public arena. The award citation notes:

Ben Milbourne is the 2017 recipient of the Victorian Emerging Architect Prize. The energy, breadth and quality of Ben’s endeavours is striking. He is the sole director of Bild Architecture, was a co-founder of Regional Associates, maintains a collaborative installation art practice and is a co-founder of NAAU. Through built work, speculative projects, research, education and collaboration, Ben demonstrates exceptional leadership and dedication to the environmental and social concerns of our age.

Ben is a true industry leader. As director of Bild he has been investigating urban adaptation in response to climate change, with his speculative project ‘Saturation City’ exhibited at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale. At RMIT, he is actively involved in research into future cities, material technologies and construction systems.

With funding from the ARBV he has been investigating the future of architectural practice at RMIT. With Regional Associates he was engaged in the development of disadvantaged communities. Through his  collaborative practice NAAU, he is working with municipalities in NSW and Victoria, developing business case studies for public projects. Ben is to be commended for his spectacular emergence.

Panopticon House Progress

Our Panopticon house had broken ground and is making great progress. Excavation is nearly complete, with basement level poured and formwork progressing for the ground level. We will post more photos as the project progresses thoughout 2016.

New brand and website

To celebrate moving into our new studio we’ve freshened things up a little, and are excited to share with you our brand new website.

Many thanks to Richard & Co., for all of the hard work.

New location

After nearly 6 years in the Century Building, we have moved into a great new studio with our friends and colleagues from LAB Architecture, Mártires Doyle & Hinge.
We are now located at: 3/373 Litttle Bourke St, Melbourne

Emerging Architects Tasmania – 2014 Dulux Study Tour

Ben Milbourne and Jenna Rowe will be presenting at Emerging Architect’s Tasmania, hosted by Ethos Basement Bar/Provedore, 2:30-4:30pm on the 10th of September.

Jenna and Ben will be speaking about their experiences on the 2014 Dulux Study tour to New York and Chicago.

Chicago Architecture Foundation Presentation – 2014 Dulux Study Tour

Ben Milbourne and the other participants in the 2014 Dulux Study tour will be presenting in 20×20 format at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, hosted by the American AIA, on Tuesday the 14th of May from 6pm.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation is the leading organization devoted to celebrating and promoting Chicago as a center of architectural innovation. As Chicago’s forum for the exchange of ideas on urban design, CAF inspires people to participate in the building of vibrant communities and to demand the highest standard in urban design. CAF awakens young people to achieve their potential through the discovery of architecture, engineering, and design.

If you are in the Chicago Area, please come on down to see recent work from Bild, Terrior, Searle x Waldron, Studio Zanardo & CKDS Architecture.

Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards – 2014 Dulux Study Tour

We are proud to announce that at last night’s Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards, Ben Milbourne was revealed as one of the participants of the 2014 Dulux Study Tour, along with Jenna Rowe (Terrior) Suzannah Waldron (Waldron Searle), Cherry Williamson (CKDS Architecture) & Michael Zanardo (Studio Zanardo).


Now in its seventh year, the Dulux Study Tour is committed to supporting some of Australia’s most promising young architects. The coveted program inspires and fosters emerging talent by providing recipients with the opportunity to embark on an overseas adventure to view recently completed architectural projects and meet with the industry’s most prestigious firms and practices. The Tour is a collaborative initiative between Dulux, the Australian Institute of Architects and The Emerging Architecture and Graduate Network (EmAGN).


The 2014 tour will explore the United States of America visiting key sites in Chicago and New York City, for more information about this year’s tour and to follow the progress of the tour, please visit the blog via:

Blurred House – Wonen magazine

Bild’s Blurred House project has been featured on the cover of the latest issue of Wonen magazine in The Netherlands.

For more information or to order a copy of the current issue, see:

California Dreaming – Masterpieces: Bungalow Architecture + Design

Bild’s California Dreaming project has been featured in Masterpieces: Bungalow Architecture + Design publication edited by Michelle Galindo for Bruan Publishing:

The bungalow construction style is celebrating a revival. Its history began in India when British colonial administrators adopted a traditional Bengal building style for their summer residences. In the early 20th century, it became part of the American Dream in the US. Today, bungalows combine the ingenious spatial solutions of apartment layouts with the autonomy of detached single-family homes. Consisting of a single floor or one and a half stories, they are highly functional, environmentally friendly, and virtually free of barriers. The projects presented here highlight the various possibilities of bungalows in terms of size, spatial division, and design. All presented bungalows have in common the fact that they satisfy the highest demands of uniqueness, comfort and design quality. 

For more information or to order a copy of the book, see:

Ross Langdon and Elief Yavuz

We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss our friend and colleague Ross Langdon and his partner Elief Yavuz.

Profoundly talented and full of life, Ross enriched the lives of all those around him. Ross’ leadership on projects in Australian and Internationally, was inspirational. Ross was living his dream, greatly contributing to the lives of people within highly disadvantaged communities and to habitat conservation for some of the world’s most threatened species.

Ross will be very, very sorely missed. Our deepest condolences and thoughts are with Ross and Elief’s families at this very difficult time.

UnWaste Bookcase – Australian Timber Design Awards

Bild & Eco Innovator’s UnWaste Bookcase is a finalist in the 2013 Australian Timber Design Awards: Furniture & Joinery Category.

The Australian Timber Design Awards are a national competition to promote and encourage outstanding timber design in the built environment professions. Now in their thirteenth year, the Awards are distinguished by a proud heritage of innovation and achievement. The awards develop a timber design ethos through the encouragement and showcasing of exemplary timber design in a variety of applications.

For more information or to order a copy of the current issue, see:

Green Square Library – MOMA (NY) Exhibition

Bild & Index’s proposal for Green Square Library is to be shown in the upcoming MOMA (Museum of Modern Art, New York) exhibition Cut ‘n’ Paste: From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City, curated by Pedro Gadanho.


The ethos of collage shapes every aspect of contemporary culture, from the glut of signs and images to the many layers of digital information to the art of sampling. This installation revisits early uses of collage to trace its evolution as both an aesthetic technique central to architectural representation and a cultural practice of layering, juxtaposition, and remix that configures the city. Opening with the seamless digital collages that dominate contemporary architectural practice, Cut ‘n’ Paste pairs the early photo-collages of Mies van der Rohe with avant-garde experiments in photomontage, graphic design, and film. Architectural thinkers Colin Rowe and Fred Koetter’s Collage City (1978), an urban manifesto for the medium, provides a backdrop through which to reframe contemporary uses. As an architectural tool, this wide-ranging medium mixes high and popular references and offers a dynamic, inventive connection to cultural context.


The exhibition runs from July 10, 2013–January 5, 2014, for more information, see:

‘Green Speak’ Interview – Home Review Magazine, India

A recent interview with Ben Milbourne and Ross Langdon has been featured in the Green Speak section of current issue of Home Review Magazine from India. The interview focuses on Bild’s design approach in relation to environmental performance, and the evolving role of the architect:

What advice would you give a budding architect? “Our profession is complex and evolving rapidly; yet some things remain constant, including that design should deeply investigate any given task; using the unique convergence of the client, site and the brief as a springboard for design thinking. A process that is interactive and consultative in order to meet the needs of a client with true design innovation.”

YVAG + Federation Square – de/Develop exhibition

Developmental sketches and models of Bild’s Blurred House project are being shown in the de/Develop exhibition at Federation Square, showcasing the work of Victoria’s emerging design talent, including:

Bild Architecture
Edwina Brisbane
Droop Street Studio
Architecture Architecture
MUSK Architecture Studio
Statkus Architecture
Here Studio
Studio OSK
Andy Yu

Exhibition is open now until June 16th. Opening drinks Thursday June 6th, 6.30pm @ BEER DELUXE.

Catalogue of Splendid Failure- GhostTown Exhibition, Platform Gallery

Bild’s ‘Catalogue of Splendid Failure‘ instillation for the GhostTown Exhibition at opens this Friday, 6-8pm at Platform Gallery.

Come on down and help celebrate un-built and speculative work of twelve emerging Melbourne architecture practices:

Exhibition runs from Monday 04/02 through to Friday 01/03.

California Dreaming Project – Sendpoint Publication

Bild’s California Dreaming project is featured in Utilisation: Creative Home Design, edited by Lin Shijian, for Sendpoint publishing Shanghai.

The nature of living space has undergone a profound shift in recent years. Changing societal values and the pressures of increased overcrowding have led to new paradigms in habitation. Indoor is out and outdoor is in as walls are removed to create great multi-use rooms where family and friends can come together for a variety of activities.

Utilisation: Creative Home Design contains a stunning selection of projects from around the world — all exemplary for their creative use of space — and includes diagrams and floor plans.


For more information, or to order a copy see:

Blurred House – Architecture Review Asia Pacific

Bild’s Blurred House project is featured in this month’s Architecture Review Asia Pacific with a great review by Toby Horrocks:

“With the small-scale Blurred House, Ben Milbourne gets down and dirty with a contemporary suburban extension. Yet small it may be, but it isn’t short on aesthetic or material drama, transitioning between old and new in a way that avoids the usual cliches… The new work is a mutation of the California Bungalow’s own form and material. Metal roof cladding extends down to become wall cladding and the pitching roof is exploited for its sculptural and volumetric potential – angular geometry and drama is coaxed out of a traditional typology.”

For an electronic version of this month’s AR, check

Premier’s Design Awards – Finalist

Bild has been shortlisted for the 2012 Premier’s Design Awards, for our UnWaste Bookcase project. The Premier’s Design Awards recognise and reward Victorian designers and businesses using exemplar design effectively and sustainability.

Winners are announced on the 19 of September, wish us luck!

Melbourne Design Awards – Winner

We are excited to announce that we won a Melbourne Design Award last night for our Un-Waste Bookcase collaboration with Eco Innovators.

The Melbourne Design Awards represent the diversity and culture of the Melbourne design industry. Melbourne as a recognised global design city, features both local and international design activity, and the shortlisted entries represent an annual snapshot of the sophisticated design culture in the Melbourne marketplace.

UnWaste Bookcase – Green Magazine

It seems that September is the month for publication at Bild; Green Magazine has a great feature in the UpFront section on our UnWaste bookcase project in this month’s edition. As always Green has a range of  great features focused on sustainable design; and is produced on 100% recycled post-consumer paper stock.


For more information, or to order a copy of this month’s issue, see:

IDEA Emerging Designer of the year – Shortlist

Bild has been shortlisted for the 2012 IDEA awards, in the Emerging Designer of the Year, and Object (Furniture & Lighting Categories).

The Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) is Australia’s largest and most successful independent design awards program. Launched by (Inside) magazine in 2003, the program celebrates the best of Australian interior and product design across 11 categories and five special awards. 

To check out our entry and for more information on the IDEA awards see:

Blurred House – Viridian Glass Case Study

Bild’s Blurred House project featured in a recent Viridian Glass case study, high-lighting our innovative use of glazing in residential architecture:

‘The centerpiece of the renovation, quite clearly, is the fully glazed east-facing rear wall, which is the focus of all major internal spaces. The upper level of the two-level extension features an internal mezzanine/loft-style sitting room and sunny balcony, which serves as a springboard for a host of lively internal features. The mezzanine allows for an airy vantage over the lower internal living area as well as the external backyard and pool’

For the full Case Study as a PDF see:

Venice Architecture Biennale

Bild architecture, in collaboration with other members of Studio 1104, have been selected for inclusion in the upcoming Formations publication, as part of the Australian pavilion for the 2012 Venice Biennale.

Formations will showcase Australian architectural practices that are challenging conventional perceptions and definitions of what it is to be an architect and the possibilities for the profession to make significant contributions to new domains of work through innovative ‘practice formations’. The exhibition participates in the current global discussion about the evolution and future of practice, placing Australia’s most forward-thinking architects at the heart of this conversation.

The book will be released in Autumn 2012 as part of the Biennale project, and will be available online, in stores and will be available in the Australian pavilion throughout the Biennale as a key document associated with the exhibition.

For more information, see:

Saturation City – FUTURISTIC publication

Bild’s project Saturation City, produced in collaboration with MGS, Dyskors and Material Thinking to to be published in the upcoming book Futuristic: Visions of Future Living, published by DAAB Media, Cologne.

FUTURISTIC introduces architects, interior- and product designers working today in a visionary way with the needs of future generations to come. The focus lies on new, ground-breaking approaches, innovative shapes and unusual materials. This volume presents project’s that span from utopian visions to actually realizable projects.

For more information, see:

AIA A+ Membership – Bild joins Australian Institute of Architects

Bild Archiecture has joined the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) as an A+ practice.

A+ Architecture which speaks for Itself. Innovative. Inspiring. Progressive.
The Australian Institute of Architects’ premium A+ membership represents practices that embody these qualities. Created to promote unrivaled excellence and best-practice standards, the A+ brand represents the pinnacle of quality architectural practices in Australia. Australian Institute of Architects.An A+ Practitioner is a leader. They are best practice professionals who have access to expert industry knowledge and maintain specified levels of continuing professional development.

Saturation City – showing at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale

The Saturation City project, by Bild Architecture, Dyskors, Material thinking and MGS is currently being shown at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale as part of the touring Now&When exhibition.

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is a multi-tiered, month long festival of photography staged across multiple venues throughout the City of Ballarat and surrounds.

BIFB’11 is extremely proud to present ‘Now and When’ as an extra special event as part of the 2011 festival. ‘Now and When – Australian Urbanism ’ was the undoubted hit of the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale. Housed in the Australian Pavilion at the Biennale, the show attracted an audience of over 93,000 visitors during the festival, and garnered rave reviews from media and visitors alike.

‘Now and When’ will show at the Art Gallery of Ballarat from August 20th to September 18th 2011

Saturation City – Australian Center for Craft and Design

Object Gallery (Sydney) is showing the Now&When exhibition from the Australian Pavilion of the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, including our Saturation City project, produced in collaboration with Dyskors, Material thinking and MGS.
Opening evening of Thursday 30th of June through to till September 25th, for more details see:

Saturation City – Utopia Forever publication

The Saturation City project, by Bild Architecture, Dyskors, Material thinking and MGS is to be included in the upcoming Gestalt publication Utopia Forever.

Utopia Forever is a collection of current projects and concepts from architecture, city planning, urbanism, and art that point beyond the restrictions of the factual to unleash the potential of creative visions. In contrast to the largely ideal-theoretic approaches of the past, today’s utopias take the necessity for societal changes into account. The projects in this book explore how current challenges for architecture, mobility, and energy as well as the logistics of food consumption and waste removal can be met. 

For more details see:

Saturation City project exhibited at the Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA)

The NOW and WHEN: Australian Urbanism exhibition, including our collaborative project Saturation City, has opened at the Seoul Museum of Art. The exhibition is part of the Australia Digital Urban Portraits show, a Korea-Australia exchange program celebrating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between both countries. Prime Minister Julia Gillard was a guest of honour at the opening.

The exhibition’s staging in Seoul is due to the generous sponsorship by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Australian International Cultural Council.

Bild & Regional Associates Partnership

Bild Architecture has joined with Regional Associates in a strategic partnership to deliver projects in environmentally sensitive locations with in Australia, including eco-tourism, development and residential projects.

Regional Associates are an award winning young, enthusiastic and dynamic design and consultancy studio specialising in unconventional sustainable design solutions. RA draws upon a broad range of experience, from urban planning, eco-resorts, institutional, public and residential architecture, interiors, academic research and speculative proposals; providing a depth of expertise in dealing with the multiple scales of architecture and urban design.

With impetus on the local rather than the universal, Regional Associates produce site specific design solutions which draw on the diversity of traditional materials and construction technologies inherent in a given site. Our architecture is in response to a unique research process undertaken for each and every project. This ensures results that are suited to the existing context, environment and most importantly the end users.

For more information on Regional Associates see:

Linear Monument project awarded Honourable Mention in Open Agenda competition

Bild & Dyskors’ Linera Monument proposal has been awarded an Honourable Mention in inaugural Open Agenda competition. Open Agenda is an annual competition aimed at supporting the development of a new generation of experimental designers in Australian architecture. Open to recent architecture graduates, Open Agenda is focused on developing the potentials and possibilities of speculative design and research in response to current and future issues facing architecture, design and the built environment.

This national competition is intentionally broad in its scope, and dedicated to fostering new discussions on architecture in the public realm. Open Agenda is an initiative of the School of Architecture at UTS.

For more information see:

Blurred House – Published in The Age

Our Blurred House project has been published in the Domain section of the Age, with a glowing review by Jenny Brown.

‘The wow factor is the folding, pitching, ever-changing roof line that creates a series of subliminal sensations as one moves from the original rooms through to the addition and, especially, upstairs in the new mezzanine lounge and the attic-stashed study/fourth bedroom and bathroom.’

For the full review, see:

Little Babylons published in UnMagazine

The Little Balylons (1:20) project by Ben Milboune (Bild Architecture) and Tanja Milbourne (Tanja Milbourne Photography, has been published in the latest issue of unMagazine.

un Magazine is one of Melbourne’s leading independent magazine for contemporary art, and is an important platform for the dialogue of ideas extending from the local into national and international contexts.

See to download a copy or pick up a free hardcopy from numerous independent galleries around Australia and NZ.