Louise Nettleton Architects (LNA) is an architectural and design practice based in Sydney with a portfolio that includes residential, public and commercial projects. It is run by its founder, Louise Nettleton, and opened for business in 1999.
Prior to LNA Louise worked at Tzannes Associates, Ken Maher and Partners, EMTB and Espie Dods.
Prominent LNA projects over the years have included the refurbishment of the Clock Hotel in Surry Hills, the adaptive reuse of Rathbourne Lodge at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens and the design of new facilities and dining room at Tetsuyas Restaurant. Residential projects of note have included Point Piper House, Clifton Gardens House and Foxground House.
Louise Nettleton Architects has won a number of awards for work that’s individual in scale, expression and materials. Consistent to all LNA projects is a design process seeking to actively engage the imagination of the client and to produce buildings and spaces – within cost constraints — responding directly to the site and in synch with the individuals, families and communities who enjoy, inhabit and use them.
“If I were to articulate what’s most crucial to us about what we do in creative terms,” says Louise, “I’d say that we hope to create buildings that look like they’ve been rigorously thought about, considered and realised. I think an architect has succeeded if the initial concept is very apparent in the finished building. I also think that detailing is all about expressing the beauty of a building.”
In practical terms, the crucial element LNA is committed to is the one always fundamental to every project (but not always implicitly acknowledged or applied): staying within budget.
“I am very cautious to give clients cost plans so that things stay on track. What I always counsel my clients to do is engage a quantity surveyor. Architects have unfortunately become synonymous with projects that can overrun by as much as 100 per cent. The most I’ve ever been over budget,” says Louise, “is 10 per cent at the very most.”
We are thrilled to have been selected WINNER of the invited competition to for a NEW BUILDING FOR THE PBSLSC to accommodate women members and associated facilities as well as training facilities for all members of the PBSLSC. KICK OFF IS EXPECTED EARLY MARCH!
SQUEEZED INTO WHAT was once a driveway, this slim standing-room-only cafe in Sydney’s Surry Hills has exactly the dark industrial atmosphere its comic-character-loving owner was after for his new “caffeine laboratory”. “He wanted a dark and grungy den-like cave,” says architect Louise Nettleton. “It suits the ephemeral and theatrical sense of this part of the […]
THEY MAY BE best known for capturing images of buildings but five of the country’s best architectural photographers — in a recent exhibition entitled Behind the Lens — showed that it’s not just bricks and mortar that meets their eye. Curated by Nettleton Architects in association with CarterWilliamson Architects the photographers were asked to submit […]
2010/ ASI Steel Design Awards - NSW & ACT High Commendation Award
2011/ Mosman 04
2009/ Mosman 04
2005/ Point Piper
2005/ Point Piper