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Duckbuild is an expressive, progressive, Melbourne based architecture firm. Our focus is aesthetic delight, client bliss, functionality, cost control, construction management and ecological sustainability. Our mission is to create great products.


Duckbuild started as a part-time residential drafting business and… Read More
Duckbuild is an expressive, progressive, Melbourne based architecture firm. Our focus is aesthetic delight, client bliss, functionality, cost control, construction management and ecological sustainability. Our mission is to create great products.


Duckbuild started as a part-time residential drafting business and sustainability consultancy in 2004. Since April 2009 Duckbuild has been the full-time architectural practice of Simon Cookes. We have experience in feasibility studies, various types of design, obtaining planning and building approvals, drafting construction drawings and documents as well as various types of project management. Our projects generally range in value from AUS$50,000 to $5,000,000.

We believe that the principles of design and project management can be applied to a wide range of project types and scales. From concept to delivery, the production processes are controlled in order that the project is of the highest value to the owner, end-users, wider community and environment. Read Less
People, place and performance are together the qualifiers of architecture. When done well they sing in harmony. The architecture resonates with the culture and physiology of its people. It is where people take place to perform their purpose with grace. The space is a stage and its furnishings props, and so life’s… Read More
People, place and performance are together the qualifiers of architecture. When done well they sing in harmony. The architecture resonates with the culture and physiology of its people. It is where people take place to perform their purpose with grace. The space is a stage and its furnishings props, and so life’s performance is played out. The space is not just any, but a place with relevance and context in its time and environment. They are places where we belong, so dwell and dream.

Architecture is corporeal - alive and dying like all other creation. Design a body – a mass of living flesh. Something that you can sense and feel and love. Something that talks to you, and you listen and respond to. The enjoyment of dress ups, and undressing. The seduction of the skin. The strength in its skeleton and power in its movement. Creations that breathe, consume, excrete, and change. They mediate the climate. They nurture naturally.
(Simon Cookes 02/06/2009) Read Less
Core Stages of Architectural Service

1. Design Schematic: concept design
2. Development Approval: planning permit
3. Design Development: detailed design
4. Contract Documentation: working documents and building permit
5. Contract Administration: client agent and independent assessor during construction

Building… Read More
Core Stages of Architectural Service

1. Design Schematic: concept design
2. Development Approval: planning permit
3. Design Development: detailed design
4. Contract Documentation: working documents and building permit
5. Contract Administration: client agent and independent assessor during construction

Building Types

• Residential: alterations, additions, new houses
• Multi-unit residential: subdivisions, townhouses, apartments
• Commercial: new office buildings, internal fit-outs
• Retail: new shops, shop fit-outs
• Hospitality: bars, nightclubs, cafés and restaurants
• Temporary: pop-ups, events, stage sets, installations

Other Services & Collaborations

• Drafting services
• Sustainability consultancy
• Feasibility studies
• Interior design and decorating
• Construction management
• Furniture and hardware design
• Landscape design and documentation
• Rendering, photography and montages
• Graphic design and creative consultancy
• Property development Read Less
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