Our work is a reflection of our ability to listen to our clients, assess their needs and fulfil their dreams. Our reputation is a reflection of our ability to go beyond the brief to exceed our client’s expectations.
Founded in 1990, Corben Architects is one of Sydney’s most experienced and respected architecture & interior design practices specialising in residential projects. Over 30 years we have designed and built over 300 projects, each one underlying our reputation for functional, elegant, high-quality architecture and outstanding client service.
We specialise in sophisticated and distinctive residential projects ranging from substantial new houses to smaller scale alterations and additions and boutique, multi-unit apartment developments. While the majority of our work is Sydney based, we have also designed retreats in the Snowy Mountains and luxury beach houses along the NSW coast.
Our approach is always to work closely with our clients, to ensure your ambitions are realised in a manner where everyone feels in control. Our project management skills ensure we deliver both great architecture and efficient project execution. We never forget that your investment in us is also an investment in your future.
Over the decades we have built up an intimate understanding of planning controls and procedures. In the process, we have nurtured an excellent working relationship with Councils to achieve a reputation for successfully negotiating development approvals.
We are proud to say all our work comes from client recommendations and referrals. Real Estate agents also cite our name in their listings. They know it stands for timeless design and quality architecture that will enhance the potential value of a property.
Our fundamental philosophy is we keep our designs responsive and uncomplicated. This allows the design ideas to develop with clarity. Our buildings are distinguished by their individuality rather than their similarity.
Contemporary and traditional
Our work encompasses a range of architectural styles from innovative contemporary design to more traditional architectural approaches including detailed heritage restoration work.
Functional and Innovative
We love to innovate, but our feet remain firmly on the ground. Our projects are renowned for thoughtful and functional planning, timeless elegance, liveability and quality craftsmanship. In short we create homes that look great, last the test of time and are a joy to live in.
Context and Fit
We carefully listen to our clients to interpret their brief and ambitions. We also analyse the context and attributes of the site to ensure we design buildings that sit comfortably within both their urban context and natural surroundings.
We are also committed to designing projects that adopt sound sustainable design principles that reduce energy usage and minimise their carbon footprint.
Corben Architects has an exceptionally talented team of over twenty architects, interior designers and administration staff. We operate in a collaborative work environment, one that encourages creative design solutions and the efficient execution of every project. We believe our success can be attributed to the fact that our three directors have worked together for over two decades and many of our staff have been with us for over ten years.
We use the latest Archicad CAD software to create detailed 3D models of our designs. These provide a ‘virtual experience’ of your project. As your project evolves, these walk-throughs are developed to incorporate interior and external finishes and specific detail.
Scope of Services
We provide a full range of services including pre-purchase advice, development feasibility studies, master planning, concept sketch designs and preparation of Development Applications, detailed contract documentation and full contract administration services through construction. We also prepare detailed cost planning budgets for every project and development feasibilities for developer clients.
Consultants and Builders
We work closely with a large number of experienced planning and engineering consultants. We have also worked with the very best builders and sub-contractors capable of building high quality projects. We work as a team to provide a comprehensive service that ensures a seamless design and construction process.
At Corben Architects we work as a team with our clients to ensure we achieve our mutual objective. To ensure every client is as proud of their project as we are of our architecture.
By providing both architectural and interior design services within the one practice, using the same CAD system, we deliver more comprehensive, coordinated documentation and a more integrated overall design. We simplify decision making and time-management by having a ‘one-stop’ service which encompasses all aspects of your project.
By commissioning us to create your interiors, they are finished and furnished in keeping with the overall vision agreed for your project and ensuring a superior outcome that is beautiful, practical and cohesive. One that complements the architecture and stands the test of time. Our designers also manage procurement and maintain quality control, co-ordinating ordering and installation of all furnishings.
Our approach is to work closely with our client to understand exactly what you want for your home and your lifestyle. We then investigate your desired lifestyle — the future story of your home — and use mood and concept boards to communicate the character, layout and feel of our proposed interiors.
Once colour schemes, materials, furniture and furnishings are agreed, we create detailed drawings for all key areas to show exactly how furniture and furnishings, lighting, joinery, fixtures and appliance selections will look. Accompanied by a fully itemised budget, the end result is a highly considered design solution that will enhance your everyday living for years to come.
As much care on the inside as the outside.
Corben Architects has a flexible approach to fees and work on either a ‘fixed fee per stage’ or a ‘time and disbursements’ basis, up to a ‘not to exceed’ percentage fee. This is based on the final cost of the project including all internal fit out, external works and landscaping plus GST.
Fees are competitive, transparent and commensurate with the extensive experience, high level of design skills and client services provided by Corben Architects.
Architectural fees are generally divided into the following stages:
- Concept/initial sketch design
- Full sketch design
- Design development to development application(DA) or complying development application (CDC)
- Contract documentation to tender
- Tendering and contract negotiations with suppliers
- Contract administration during construction
We also provide an in-house interior design service which can be fully integrated into your architectural project or used as a stand-alone service.
For the best advise on how to approach the fee structure for your project, please get in contact as we will be more than happy to guide you through this process so you can make an informed decision.
Our fees are competitive and comensurate with our extensive experience, high level of design skill and client service.