The Belvoir Theatre project was an opportunity to work with one of Sydney’s leading cultural institutions to develop architectural strategies and designs for the foyer, street facade and entry-way. A new bar/cafe was introduced for additional vitality and an expanded offering to the public. A new awning, signage, outdoor furniture and facade restoration was designed to enliven the public face of Belvoir Theatre.Â

By Toby Breakspear, in collaboration with Tomek Archer, 2012-2014.


The Blue Mountains World Heritage area sits nearby the growing city centres of Sydney’s west. From this city expansion comes an increase in the desire to live in or visit the Blue Mountains towns, such as Blaxland. The Blue Mountains City Council engaged Breakspear Architects to envisage new housing and commercial typologies within Blaxland’s existing built fabric. The aim was to explore how urban vitality and density could be increased in Blaxland whilst respecting the existing community priorities and world heritage surrounds. Underground parking, train connectivity, pedestrianised streets, shop-top housing and landscaping were considered as evolutions to Blaxland’s existing street pattern and two-storey building heights. It is hoped the Blaxland study can inform how the Blue Mountains towns can develop in a fine-grain manner that maintains their existing qualities and sense of the wilderness beyond. 

By Toby Breakspear, Tiffany Liew. For Blue Mountains City Council


  • Lune de Sang Shed

Lune de Sang is a unique inter-generational venture that will see former dairy farm properties transformed into a rainforest landscape for selective harvesting. Time is a fascinating consideration for the project as the native species planted will take up to 300 years to mature. The sheds and houses designed amongst the site are conceived with a sense of permanence in response to the rainforest timeframes.

Toby Breakspear was fortunate to work on the Lune de Sang project for two years with CHROFI prior to establishing Breakspear Architects. He is very grateful for the experience, and it has informed much of how he approaches design with Breakspear Architects.

By CHROFI, Toby Breakspear as Project Architect, John Choi, Steven Fighera, Tai Ropiha, Jerome Cateaux, Clinton Weaver, Linda Lam, Felix Rasch, 2009-2011. Photography by Brett Boardman.

2015 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Awards
2014 World Architecture Festival category winner
2014 Archdaily finalist for World Building of the Year
2014 Australian Institute of Architects, Commercial Architecture Award
2014 Architizer A+ Award, Category Winner