Architecture & Interior Design
Armadale, VIC, Australia
Studiofour is a collective of architects and designers, led by directors Annabelle Berryman and Sarah Henry. With over thirty years of industry experience, studiofour combines the four disciplines of strategy, architecture, interiors and landscape to provide a holistic design solution for each project.
Annabelle’s experience as design director at Metier3 then as a director at Carr Design helped shape her desire to start a studio based practice that blended the disciplines of art, architecture, landscape and interiors. This vision for design to be seen as a holistic solution, not a compartmentalised one, is central to studiofour’s philosophy.
Sarah’s experience as a senior project architect both at Carr Design and O’Connor + Houle, together with her passion for innovative and cohesive design solutions, inevitably led Annabelle and Sarah to formalising a working partnership.
The hands-on approach by both directors through each phase of design and project delivery ensures the initial design vision is carried through every aspect of the project from inception to completion, and is executed through all layers of design detail and construction.
This combined passion and focus is supported by strong technical knowledge, ongoing exploration into materials and construction techniques, and fervor for rigorous detailing.
The studiofour team comprises of staff with experience in architecture, interiors, landscape, art and fashion. The studio environment allows each individual to bring to the table their unique skills and perspective. This design dynamic is key to informing their early workshops and the creation of each bespoke project vision. Also paramount to the studiofour approach is breaking down the boundaries between disciplines to allow each to bleed into another, to create a cohesive and highly considered outcome.
Each project begins with an extended workshop where computers and rulers are absent. Instead, a collective of artists and designers use different media to explore the client’s brief and the site’s particulars over a number of days. What comes forth at the end of these sessions may be a charcoal line drawing that captures the essence and vision for the project. This artistic methodology is continued in various capacities through all stages of design through to the built realisation of each project.
This approach ensures each design response is bespoke and highly innovative.