peek into an architect's home, manly house construction + community events

mm+j in the community

manly womens shelter (MWS)

masquerade ball


Masked guests attended the sold-out MWS gala ball event on 3rd June, which raised $140,000 on the weekend.


northern beaches architects unmasked -David + Luisa enjoyed the evening and were proud to sponsor the event.

read all about it!

reasons to support manly womens shelter shared by mm+j architects on the northern beaches

did you know last year MWS supported 77 women with a total of 3284 bed nights last year?

Just a few reasons to donate to MWS today!



mm+j attended the DoubleTALK event at Brickworks Building Products in Sydney last Thursday. DoubleTALK is curated by renowned Sydney based architect Stephen Varady and co-moderated with Bob Nation as series of talks engaging two speakers, showcasing some of the best Australian architects.

These are great events revealing the behind-the-scenes insights from initial client brief, site issues, design process, construction process and of course - through to the completed build.

Click here to view upcoming events by Brickworks Building Products.

project file

fairlight | 01

We specialise in diverse projects across Sydney. We will be sharing a series of project files over the coming weeks.

This was a fun project + opportunity for mm+j to apply our favourite design principles in our own home. View our fairlight house project below.

client / our brief

Additions and alterations to a 1920s timber semi, including a new first floor, rear ground floor, decking and carparking. Retain the original facade and balcony and any changes to be complementary to its heritage

the solution

The original house facade facing the street was retained, and a new entrance created in the side elevation. This lengthways re-engineering of the entrance to the north-facing side of the home, enabled the creation of one large open-plan living space, without the need for a corridor.


Internally, the living spaces are bright, minimal and airy, thanks to the row of large windows bringing in as much light as possible and opening to the rear courtyard and raised decking area.

Clever use of space, including a feature staircase breaks up the design creating integrated storage and segments the space. The addition of a first floor add the extra 2 bedrooms, bathroom and home office.

“Small walls with integrated storage serves two functions, so it’s a really effective solution for a lot of people”

- David McCrae

(The Daily Telegraph,Chelsea Clark, 18 Feb 2017, p128)

The transition from lighter existing timber weatherboard to darker lightweight metal cladding assists in maintaining the original building character whilst reducing the building bulk using colour, and details. The roof is a linking element, reducing and masking the addition from the street.

under construction

manly | 02

Manly house 02 is nearing completion. The sliding doors from the dining and living areas will open up a corner onto the deck overlooking swimming pool.

To view other work currently under construction or on the mmj drawing board

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