Studio Nicholas Burns

Studio Nicholas Burns


  • Practice: Studio Nicholas Burns
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  • Firm Location: Australia, Indonesia, Portugal
  • Country: Australia, Indonesia, Portugal
  • Year: NA

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Nicholas Burns

Practice Ideology

Our priorities

We understand the person and place before design ideas enter the picture.

Once these, along with climate, microclimate, local planning regulations, available materials and crafts, are researched, the design process can begin as a distillation of a complex set of variables leading to a unique and personal outcome. Functions are first resolved to a high level; only then can the emotional and experiential elements come into play and be expressed as form.

What we work with


Materials and detailing are used carefully and consistently as part of a coherent whole rather than as a feature with the intention of the design to craft space and experience. The physicality is, in a sense, dematerialized with the framed views, light and shadow being the elements perceived.


The experience of working in different parts of the world creates a unique perspective, starting with a honed understanding of the local conditions and then drawing references to design typologies from other places and cultures, deepening the scope and richness of design potentialities.

This combination of elements and method of approach; leads to highly resolved buildings quietly and sensitively placed in the landscape with the utmost care prioritizing the experience of the client, enhancing the quality of life and a sense of wellbeing with deep connections to nature, landscape and an appreciation of the importance of everyday functions and rituals.

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