From a core belief that architecture can affect change through movement, activity and the inciting of sensory cues, PopovBass has established itself as a firm that is constantly absorbing, learning from and finding inspiration in its surroundings. Headed by founding directors Brian Bass, Alex Popov and Natalija Sarar, the team continues to sculpt the built fabric of cities both near and afar.
Immersed within Sydney’s Surry Hills, PopovBass was originally established in 1983 and has had a key role to play in curating and carving the built and urban fabric of both Australian cities and international locations. Having had a front row seat to Sydney’s growth, PopovBass has been able to grasp a clear understanding of the innate workings of cities, while being able to study the movement of its humans and the qualities of its many spaces.
Embracing a love of the outdoors, each proposal is seen as being deeply connected to its place, with the reverberating effect of its presence considered from its inception.
PopovBass sees the discipline of architecture as having an important and intuitive connection to the earth. As a medium sized firm, projects of a variety of scales have been embarked upon over the years, creating some significant landmark residential buildings and interiors. At the core of the practice sits a highly collaborative approach, in which interconnected relationships are the integral foundations of the resulting work. Over its 30 years in practice, the firm has been the recipient of a number of awards and draws from a collective inspiration from its Sydney beginnings. Embracing a love of the outdoors, each proposal is seen as being deeply connected to its place, with the reverberating effect of its presence considered from its inception.
Creating a balance between the structured and the organic, the known and unknown, PopovBass believes architecture can enhance its environment. Although architecture is seen as an imposed element, PopovBass considers the other, less tactile elements that also affect space: those that encourage and spur memory and, ultimately, enable a connection to places and spaces through design. Through a reductionist approach and absorbing spatial, historical and storied cues, the technical basis of the firm’s work allows the less tangible to be felt.