Bennett and Trimble
Matthew Bennett and Marcus Trimble set up their practice in 2009 after working with Rafael Moneo and BVN respectively. Trimble also ran his own studio, Super Colossal, and was one of the instigators of Sydney’s Pecha Kucha creative forum; both partners teach at the city’s University of Technology. In practice, Bennett and Trimble combine a traditional architectural approach with a strong focus on urban design. This means they’re working on everything from a master plan for Macquarie University to a warehouse conversions and modest suburban family houses. They describe their work as honest and direct. ’We value exploration, invention and originality, and privilege unexpected, direct and often blunt form over more appealing and obvious architectures,’ the duo explains. Each project, whether it is a private house or a ’social learning space’, is a multifunctional realm, a carefully wrought arrangement of elements designed to suit the occupants’ changing needs.