Its all about the community…

Salisbury Community Hub an Award Winner

We’re proud on behalf of Hassell to have won the  Jack McConnell Award for Public Architecture and a Commendation for Interior Architecture for the Salisbury Community Hub at the Australian Institute of Architects SA Chapter awards.

We love these community projects, and we’re delighted at how the locals have embraced this one as their own – it’s worth checking out

From the Jury:

The architects have ensured that Salisbury Community hub displays a strength and consistency of architectural and interior expression from the external ground plane to the upper level.

The expressive foyer allows daylight to permeate the building’s spaces making the activities of Council staff and public apparent to each other. The design invites opportunities for community use, both internally and externally.

The building is sited immediately adjacent to a local cemetery and the design team has successfully embraced this unique site feature providing a strong sense of place for the building’s users, gently looking back to the past and nodding forward into an exciting future.

Photography: Baukultur and Lillie Thompson

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Unprecedented times…

In this ever-evolving landscape, the need for kinship is now greater than ever before. Foremost is the health and welfare of our community and reducing the risk of the spread of this infection.


We are following the guidance from the Australian and State governments, as well as the World Health Organisation, and like many in our community are minimising face to face contact where possible.


We are fortunate to have geared our business to be mobile, agile and highly adaptable, so you can be assured of a seamless service for your projects. Flexibility is part of our culture and a basis of our approach to working.


Our entire team are working remotely in our homes to deliver projects, benefiting from years of experience of virtual teaming – although we are dispersed across Adelaide, we are still working as a team. Business continuity is being maintained through a multitude of online technology platforms and the dedication of our staff.


This is a challenging time for us all, but now is a time to reflect, conceptualise, brainstorm and plan for the future. We hope that you are all remaining positive and that this experience will unite us as a community, more than ever.


We look forward to the day when we can connect again in person and welcome you to our studio. In the meantime, we will continue to work with you online – rest assured we are all here and striving to maintain business as usual.


This is a good moment in time to remember that through adversity comes ideas, innovation and reinvention to the benefit of all of us.


We hope you all stay safe.


Baukultur team



Baukultur opens its doors…

Baukultur [is a compound word]; it combines the verb to build or construct (Bau-) and the noun for culture or civilisation (Kultur), giving it a simultaneous meaning of a society’s particular ‘culture of building’ (how they go about creating their built environments) and the ‘building of this culture’ (how the quality of what they do and what they produce can be raised).

Matthew Trigg, Public Affairs Manager at London North Eastern Railway

It is with great delight that Chris Watkins, David Homburg and Mariano DeDuonni announce that this morning our new design practice baukultur opens its doors in the Darling Building, 28 Franklin Street, Adelaide South Australia.

baukultur isn’t business as usual – its driving force is design, but it is much more than a traditional architecture practice.

We will be harnessing our skills as designers, working collaboratively with our clients and our communities, and using ‘design thinking’ to create solutions to current-day challenges – built environments that have enduring cultural, social, environmental and economic value.


We know from 85 years of practice experience between us that design is a powerful tool for generating creative new solutions to disparate and complex challenges. We will continue to design, and we will use design processes to provide even more focussed, strategic and uplifting outcomes in the built environments around us.


Our practice will work toward both the creation ‘of architecture’ and ‘the architecture of’ a particular outcome – this is where our value as designers lies.

We can’t think of a better place than Adelaide to strike out in a new direction at the end of our long association with Hassell. We live and work here in Adelaide because we love the place and believe in this city. And working with us are some of the most talented people you can find anywhere!

We know that it is a great place for incubating new ideas and doing business across the globe – if you can get something working here, it will work anywhere.


baukultur’s purpose is to give life to the insights that arise when design thinking inspires our collective imaginations.


We look forward to continuing our working relationship with you.