Projects Recognised by Landscape Architecture Australia

March 10, 2017

Two of our most loved projects, The National Arboretum, Canberra and Paddington Reservoir Gardens, have been selected by Landscape Architecture Australia in the top 10 most significant works of Australian landscape architecture between 2001–2017.

Completed in 2009 with JMD Design, the international award winning project, the Paddington Reservoir Gardens were initially expected to involve capping off the original heritage listed site and building a brand new urban park on top. But TZG Architects and JMD Design believed that the concept existed within the artifact itself.

This resulted in what we now experience as the wonders of the sunken garden, chosen by Landscape Architecture Australia for it’s successful execution of Urban Adaptation.

Photo: John Gollings

Photo: John Gollings


Selected by Landscape Architecture Australia for Urban Biodiversity, The National Arboretum in Canberra, was designed in collaboration with Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL), and opened in 2013 to commemorate Canberra’s centenary. It was created on 290ha. of bushfire damaged land north of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin. The Arboretum is a collection of 100 forests, each home to a single internationally-endangered species.

The forests are complemented by the Village Centre visitor’s centre, the Margaret Whitlam Pavilion reception centre, a fantastic regional Playground and the first of the many gardens planned for the site. A full road and pedestrian circulation system is operational, and a site-wide interpretation strategy underlines this project’s long-term ecological benefits.

We can appreciate the forethought that has gone into these collaborative projects. Now a few years old these sites are maturing and instead of decay we see growth and beauty flourishing. Time is testing their concepts and longevity, and they are proving themselves successful.


Photo: Eric Sierens

Photo: Eric Sierens


2016 Rowing Champions!

September 8, 2016
Last weekend TZG entered the Leichhardt Rowing Corporate Regatta for the first time and came away with the champions trophy, winning both heats and the final for a clean sweep in the event.

In what was a great experience, the team, made up of Ed, Todd, Lauren, Melinda, Colebee, Sandro and Alison, battled the cold and early starts, in an effort to learn how to row. Solid team cohesion, enthusiasm and fantastic coaching by Alex Farcash, lead to the crew improving rapidly, even managing to beat a team made up of seasoned rowing club members in the heats. All the team look forward to taking part next year and defending the title.
Congratulations Team TZG!


TZG pulls in awards at 2016 AIA Awards

July 4, 2016

TZG has scooped up a handful of awards at the recent Australian Institute of Architect’s 2016 Architecture Awards.

In NSW TZG received the Heritage Award for The Old Clare Hotel, Sydney.

In both NSW and Queensland,  Tonkin Zulaikha Greer were awarded the Interior Architecture Awards for Bennelong Restaurant, at the Sydney Opera House and the Virgin Australia Airport Lounges in Brisbane, respectively.

An Urban Design Commendation was received for the Riverbank Bridge in Adelaide, South Australia, a collaboration with engineers and urban designers from Aurecon and landscape architects Taylor Cullity Lethlean.



Walsh Bay Sydney Writers Festival_Courtesy australiadotcom

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct

March 24, 2016

TZG are excited to announce our appointment as lead architect on $139m Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, where we’ll work with the State Government to create a distinctive and accessible public celebration of the arts in Sydney and NSW.  We will be collaborating with our talented team comprising of McGregor Coxall, Tropman + Tropman, Arup and Accessibility Solutions to realise the project which is expected to begin construction in 2017.


The Old Clare Hotel shortlisted

March 23, 2016

Our Hotel has been shortlisted in the 2016 Australian Interior Design Awards amidst some stiff competition including ACME. Fingers crossed!

Richard Glover

The Old Clare takes out Architecture of the Year at Asia Awards

March 11, 2016

Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and the hotel’s client, Unlisted Collection, have won the Architecture of the Year (Urban) at the Asia Hotel Design Awards in Singapore last night.  The Old Clare Hotel beat the entries by Foster + Partners and Make Architects.


Bondi Pavilion to get revamped by TZG

December 15, 2015

Estimated to cost around $38 million, the conservation and upgrade project aims to protect and celebrate Bondi Pavilion’s heritage whilst creating contemporary and flexible cultural, community and commercial facilities and spaces.

“This building is a precious heritage landmark, and the project will conserve and reinstate so much of its heritage character – and remove intrusive modern additions.  At the same time, we want this building to be a vibrant hub for the community, whether that’s visiting art exhibition spaces, relaxing in the beautiful courtyard gardens, dining at a restaurant or enjoying a theatre performance.” – Peter Tonkin

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2014 IDEA Interior Awards

November 24, 2014

After hearing both our submissions, the Sydney Virgin Australia Lounge and Norton Street Cinema Redevelopment, were shortlisted for the IDEA Awards, we are now proud to announce that Norton Street won a high commendation in the competitive Hospitality Category.  The Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) is Australia’s largest independent design awards program.

Norton Street Cinemas is the latest in TZG’s growing portfolio of interior design projects.


Playhouse wins National Heritage Award

November 7, 2014

The 2014 National Architecture Awards ceremony, hosted in Darwin, saw TZG’s restoration of the 1887 Burton Street Tabernacle into the Eternity Playhouse receive the Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage Architecture.

What is especially impressive is that the memory of the former tabernacle and aspects of its colourful history have been lovingly preserved in unexpected places, sometimes humorously. Old doors and timber panelling from the pulpit and other materials have been recycled so that they may be enjoyed again. Stories of these discoveries flowed during the jury’s visit. The original cast-iron structure has also been partially re-used and the former timber floor of the tabernacle forms the new ceiling of the downstairs foyer.

Watch the short film screened at the Awards, featuring Glenn Terry, director of Darlinghurst Theatre Co. (Film by SRH)

Photo: John Gollings

Arboretum Wins at the World Architecture Festival

October 7, 2014

On the final day of this year’s World Architecture Festival, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer & Taylor Cullity Lethlean were awarded Landscape of the Year for the National Arboretum in Canberra.

The National Arboretum was selected by a jury of some of the world’s most highly regarded architectural and urban designers. It overcame competition from a shortlist of ten entries from Australia, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Switzerland and Turkey.

The Arboretum is now the recipient of nine prestigious national and international awards.


TZG receive Heritage Award at the AIA NSW Ceremony Last Night

June 27, 2014

Our Eternity Playhouse was awarded the Greenway Award for Heritage Architecture Creative Adaption.  It follows in the footsteps of previous TZG adaptive re-use projects – Carriageworks, Paddington Reservoir Gardens and Hyde Park Barracks – that were recipients of this award over the past years.

The Interior Architecture Commendation was presented to TZG for the Virgin Australia Sydney Lounge.



Riverbank Bridge opens in Adelaide

June 20, 2014

Construction has completed on Adelaide’s Riverbank Bridge, a 75m pedestrian bridge over the River Torrens.  TZG designed the bridge and surrounds collaboratively with landscape architects Taylor Cullity Lethlean following the successful design competition entry in 2012.  The underside of the elegant curved bridge has been clad in large white glass panels.  See the construction process in time-lapse here.

TZG_The National Arboretum_Brett Boardman Photography

Arboretum bestowed with the Canberra Medallion

June 16, 2014

Our National Arboretum was honoured with the prestigious Canberra Medallion at the 2014 ACT Architecture Awards on Saturday.   After winning the design competition in 2004 with landscape architects Taylor Cullity Lethlean, the site has since transformed from fire ravaged hills into a series of pavilions, trails, gardens across a sculpted landscape. Importantly, the site harbours newly planted forests of endangered, rare and significant species.

The National Arboretum has transformed a devastated site into a major education, research and recreation venue for the national capital. The collaborative architecture and landscape teams have established a significant green heart for Canberra,” the jury said in a statement.

We were also presented with the 2014 Sir John Overall Award for Urban Design, and our Virgin Lounge at Sydney Domestic Airport was commended in the Interior Architecture category.

Read more about the 2014 ACT Awards:

Sydney Morning Herald article

ArchDaily Announcement


Eternity Playhouse - Photograph by Brett Boardman

Eternity Playhouse wins Heritage Award

May 14, 2014

TZG’s acclaimed Eternity Playhouse has been presented with the National Trust of Australia (NSW) Heritage Award for Adaptive Re-use 2014.  Originally known as the Burton Street Tabernacle, the heritage-listed 1887 church has been reestablished as a cultural hub in Darlinghurst with its transformation into a 200 seat theatre. State of the art theatre facilities have been integrated with restored and reused original features such as the decorative timber ceiling and stained glass windows.  The theatre is the latest addition to TZG’s established track record of outstanding cultural and heritage public works around Sydney.

“This project answers an extremely demanding brief for a modern theatre into an 1887 Tabernacle which is no mean feat but accomplished here with skill and grace adapting the existing Tabernacle and adding new buildings.”

Read more about the Playhouse here.


Three Projects Shortlisted for 2014 NSW Architecture Awards!

May 5, 2014

TZG are thrilled to see three of our recent projects shortlisted in the AIA’s 2014 NSW Architecture Awards.

Eternity Playhouse in Heritage (Creative Adaption)

Glebe Town Hall in Heritage (Conservation)

Virgin Australia Sydney Airport Lounge in Interior Architecture

View the full shortlisted entries here