TOTS (Trentham Opposite The Station) | SOS Architects

TOTS (Trentham Opposite The Station) | SOS Architects | Photographer: Aaron Pocock

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

TOTS (Trentham Opposite The Station) | SOS Architects

Traditional Land Owners
Dja Dja Wurrung


COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
Regional Prize (VIC)
Urban Design
Title Block
Aaron Pocock
Anthony Dawkins
Project summary

This small scale regional project is made unique through civic generosity and community mindedness. It comprises 5 commercial tenancies and one house occupied by the developer, whose goal was to make a positive contribution to the community of Trentham whilst creating an income stream for retirement.

The project demonstrates a contemporary and finely crafted architecture that references elements of the local vernacular in both materiality and detailing.

Passive solar design has been prioritised, with all tenancies facing north, and a generous landscaped public forecourt has been incorporated into the layout that activates and elevates the tenancies and provides a new space for both locals and tourists to enjoy.

Victorian Architecture Awards Accolades
Shortlist – COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
Victorian Jury Presentation

‘TOTS’ was a dream of mine for many years and it’s been a wonderful journey to witness its realisation. Since my home forms part of the development, it was important that this project be sensitive to the context of a small and discerning regional town, while also being aspirational in its reflection of my personal philosophies around design and community. TOTS anchors and activates a previously dis-used corner of the Trentham township, bringing a sense of pride and openness that is regularly enjoyed by both locals and tourists alike. I am proud and inspired by what has been achieved here.

Project Practice Team

Anthony Dawkins, Project Architect
Hayden Dickson, Draftsperson
Rachel Low, Graduate of Architecture
Silas Gibson, Project Architect

Project Consultant and Construction Team

BCS Consulting Engineers, Structural Engineer
BSP, Building Surveyor
NJM Design, Services Consultant
R&P Green Solutions, ESD Consultant
Sinatra Murphy, Landscape Consultant

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