Bondi Mews is a personal and professional collaboration between MHNDU principals Brian Meyerson and Kevin Ng, a significant undertaking which was built upon an envisioning of potentiality beyond initial planning and size constraints. The project has re-characterized a long-neglected, heritage-listed terrace house and adjoining empty lot, as three modern homes which fulfill the demands of elegant urban family living, while rejuvenating the streetscape beyond its boundaries.
Despite its prime location in a residential Bondi Junction pocket, agents had difficulty selling the site due to planning constraints. After a two-year wait following the submission of their contextually informed proposal, Kevin and Brian’s intrepid vision to create two new homes, which would transform the long-derelict space, as well as rejuvenate the long-neglected heritage terrace home next door, was collaboratively explored and welcomed by council. A triumph of a tailored, site-specific vision over heeding generalized regulatory restrictions, the proposal detoured numerous planning controls yet presented a logical solution for the site, particularly in terms of the proposition’s respectful consideration of urban design outcomes and heritage values.
According to its designers, Bondi Mews is not strictly conceptualized as an architectural project. Conceived foremostly as an urban design project, a heritage project, and a landscaping and interiors project, the size parameters were so constrained and the requirements for each residence so specified, that there remained little leeway for artful touches without functional application. And yet, the resulting homes are an architectural success story, reinventing the wheel of the compact inner city terrace home with creative yet pragmatic design solutions which address the needs, both practical and aesthetic, of the design conscious, modern family.
MHNDU is a Sydney architectural collective dedicated to creating timeless spaces which cater to modern sensibilities. Dedicated to our craft for over twenty-five years, our ethos is unwavering: to cultivate experiential beauty in built form.
All of our projects are a physical testament to our fundamental philosophy of respecting the nuances of the architectural artform, catering to our clients’ needs for a unification of residential liveability and luxuriousness.
MHNDU represents the holistic union of principals Brian Meyerson, Kevin Ng and Liam Hancock. Together with their talented team, they fuse their experience, dedication to design creativity and strategic architectural visions with the ultimate goal of cultivating a legacy of quality, enduring and sustainable buildings.
MHNDU has established a strong reputation in our industry based on our unique blend of technical excellence, commercial acumen and forward-thinking design sensibility. We have cultivated a timeless portfolio of over a hundred works specialising in developments ranging from bespoke houses and small to medium size multi-residential projects to large scale urban renewal projects within the Eastern Suburbs and Greater Sydney area. Our projects are characterised by their confident, modernist statements tempered with an intimate knowledge of local climate, lifestyle and culture.
At MHNDU we understand that the development approvals process is one of the most challenging and daunting prospects for our clients. We have built our name on our ability to engage and mediate the processes involved between clients, council, neighbours and major stakeholders. We assist our clients’ assessment of their site’s development potential through feasibility and early concept design studies for a wide range of projects. We assess the potential for bonus floor space via voluntary planning agreements, affordable housing schemes and exceptions to the planning controls to increase the yield of our client’s sites.
We are proudly affiliated with interior design studio Lawless and Meyerson, experts in intentionally cultivating interior spaces which complement the architectural concept and elevate their client’s experiential sense of home. Headed by interior designer Jo Lawless, Lawless and Meyerson have collaborated with MHNDU on a range of multi award-winning projects, building on a wealth of experience and style of relaxed sophistication. From high-end bespoke homes to luxury apartments, each collaboration is treated individually and holistically from the inside out: a seamless blend of architectural expression and refined interiors.
Nominated Architect Brian Meyerson. NSW Registration No 4907. VIC Registration No 19861.