WOLF Architects are award winning architects designing luxury homes in Sydney and Australia wide. The WOLF team consists of accredited architects, interior designers, stylists and drafting specialists experienced in designing luxury homes customised to your unique lifestyle. We are committed to creating unique, inspirational and sustainable luxury residential architecture in Sydney that will nurture and inspire you for a lifetime.
Sydney has a unique landscape and environment and WOLF Architects understands that you need architecture that works with your environment and makes the most of your landscape.
Whether you wish to take advantage of harbour views or make the most of your block of land. WOLF Architects has the experience to create a state of the art and completely bespoke home for you, uniquely crafted for your lifestyle needs. With experience creating award winning contemporary residences, beach houses and multi residential developments, WOLF Architecture delivers designs that are world class standard.
An architect designed home should be created to suit your individual lifestyle. Whilst most people see architects as designers of “the big things”, we focus on your entire living experience. As a complete architectural service, we know that this is not just a building, this is the place where you will experience a large part of your life, so we always focus on the small details that make everyday living more enjoyable.
You will get personalised architectural services from a premier team of Sydney architects who specialise in creating the home that you have always dreamed of owning. WOLF Architects listen to you and create the home that you want, keeping you updated and informed throughout the whole process.
WOLF Architects are premier architects with the experience and knowledge to provide you with the architectural services to design your home from concept to completion. Contact us if you are looking to build a home that will provide you with lifelong enjoyment.
Who Are WOLF Architects?
The 5 WOLF Points of difference:
One’s home is sacred and it is a privilege for us to be a part of the process of creating yours. We remind ourselves with every project that we don’t live in the houses we design… you do. And while we always try to make each home wonderful enough that we would want to live in it ourselves, we respect the fact that you have the final say. We will take the time to fully understand your life and living requirements. We expect to spend a lot of time with you exploring ideas and listening to your needs. We also understand that with a busy schedule we have to fit in with your availability. We will be able to meet with you at your home or other places of convenience. We also expect to be available to you after hours and on weekends in order to ensure that the design moves quickly.
Only registered architects can use the title “architect” and “architectural”. Wolf Architects is insured with ArchiTeam and registered with the Architects Registration Board of Victoria. Taras Wolf is an A+ member of the Australian institute of Architects, and also a regular lecturer and teacher of Architecture at the University of Melbourne. The team at WOLF ARCHITECTS have all had a formal design education at a top University and are committed to to ongoing in-house training programs that are designed to keep their design instincts and senses sharp. They are trained to be highly skilled and with regard to design, have what is known in our practice as the “Eye of the Wolf”.
We understand that you require this project to be completed in the shortest time possible. Having much experience with projects and clients in Asia, we have learnt to keep up with fast paced societies and have been able to apply that knowledge locally. A supporting team of highly skilled WOLF designers will be carefully selected to support our principal architects to ensure that your project remains on the fast track. We believe that the only delays should be caused by other consultants, authorities or even the client who may require additional time to make important decisions.
WOLF ARCHITECTS pays attention to the smallest of design details and remains dedicated to projects from the start to beyond completion. We design furniture and even fittings such as lights and water taps. There is no challenge too great or too small for our creative minds. WOLF ARCHITECTS also offers landscape and interior design as an integrated part of our service. A three-in-one service is not common amongst most architectural practices. We are also driven by results. We do not record the length of every phone conversation or charge for every piece of paper. We look at the bigger picture which is all about your dream home. We do limit you or the project’s potential by presenting only one or two options. We show our clients as many as it takes to get the right results.
Taras graduated with 1st class honours from the University of Melbourne. After his studies, he pursued spanning painting and sculpture, interior design, graphic design, property development, and for 15 years, he was one of Australia’s top professional ballroom dancers. He lectured, coached, competed internationally and ran his own dance school. It is his broad ranging background in all things artistic that gives WOLF ARCHITECTS its greatest edge.
He has won awards, worked throughout Asia and is renowned for designing luxury homes. His work has been featured in design magazines internationally and has drawn winning record prices in the streets of Melbourne. For almost a decade, Taras has also taught architecture and design theory subjects at the University of Melbourne. More importantly though, his clear communication with clients helps create their dream home.
Frequently Asked Questions
The course to become a registered architect is not brief, averaging ten years from the commencement of university to registration. This places architects in an entirely different league to building designers or draftspersons. The title “architect” and the term “architectural” are protected by the Architectural Registration Boards and can only be used by those who have earned it.
Registered architects are highly qualified and skilled at finding creative solutions. They understand space and how to use it to best advantage, resulting in buildings that, over and above being purely functional, enhance our experience of their use and offer visual delight. The architectural registration board of Victoria (ARBV) has a website listing names of those registered.
Architects are the specialists of the building design world. Unfortunately, the use of architects in Australia is often seen as an expensive luxury when, really, it is an investment in our largest assets, our homes or places of work! Architects have been unfairly compared to draftsmen or building designers, which has led to misunderstandings regarding fees. There is no true comparison that can be drawn between them due to the differing qualifications and skills.
- Architects understand the true meaning of customisation. Providing three options as with many design and construct companies, is not a customised service. It is a menu and does not allow for true creativity.
- Architects please both heart and eye, but never at the expense of function.
- Architects respond to the site, location, and surrounds with sensitivity. Display homes on irregular blocks or sloping sites cannot respond to their context.
- A registered architect has experience that enables consideration of budget restrictions, timely results, and foresight, preventing costly mistakes. While the difference between an architect and less qualified designer may be $50,000 (for example), it only takes a small mistake to blow the budget by $100,000.
- Architects appreciate regulations, codes, and diplomacy with regards to local councils. A project that moves through town planning quickly saves valuable time and money.
- Architects offer energy efficient and sustainable results as they are mindful of how buildings affect and respond to the environment. They are often at the forefront of new technologies and approaches towards energy efficiency.
- Being able to claim a home is architecturally designed is a marketing strategy commonly employed and on inspection visitors will note the enhanced quality.
The common assumption is that architectural fees are 10% of the construction cost. This is merely a guide, however, and exactly what is included in the 10% varies greatly. A client requiring a design concept only will understandably pay far less than one wanting full design services with all the trimmings. Regardless of the detail of service, to consider a 10-20% investment into your largest and most emotionally charged asset, your home, is really a small fee to achieve peace of mind and a quality home that lasts a lifetime. WOLF ARCHITECTS is on a par with the best and our fees reflect our professionalism and quality of work. We represent exceptional value for services that can seamlessly integrate interior and landscape design. For projects under $5 million, we are able to provide a lump-sum fee based on agreed services, provided the client provides accurate information and has realistic ambitions. This removes the arbitrary percentage value that might make clients assume that architects have an incentive to increase costs.
While our work has been widely published with numerous awards the best proof of our proficiency is in our portfolio. It boasts not only a wide variety of authentic work but a level of consistency in quality that is rare. Great care and attention is given to the entire project including the interior and landscaping.
At WOLF ARCHITECTS each projects falls into one of five categories and is built with appropriate budgets. Our website showcases work from each of those categories. Having identified which category your project falls under the standard illustrated in our portfolio is what you can expect for your own project.
Email us to find out which category your project falls into.
Reality television and large display homes have lulled many into a false sense of security about construction costs. The reality is you pay for what you get, and in a home that should stand the test of time and changing weather patterns, we are seeing this start at $2,500 per square metre.
A small three-bedroom home in the WOLF economy range averages 200m2 in size (32 squares) with construction costs beginning at $750,000 + GST for the build only.
Category 2 and 3 houses range from 400m2 to 650m2 (approx. 43-70 building squares). These houses will cost from $1.2 million to $3.5 million + GST.
Projects in Categories 4 and 5 focus more on clients’ desires and less on costs. A house of 80 squares may be built for $50,000 per square ($5,387 per m2), for example and cost in excess of $4 million.
Email us to find out which category your project falls into.
The Wolf brand is an extension of the practice’s founder Taras Wolf and follows many of his principal design and work philosophies. He is the creative mind behind most projects and his ability to simply “Get it right” is a talent that no amount of training can produce. Most projects will at some point attain the WOLF seal of approval before reaching the client.
The strength of the practice however goes beyond one man and must be credited to its ability to operate harmoniously as a team who share the same attitude of “Getting it right”. All projects follow a process and system of works carefully based on Taras Wolf’s practice ideals and design philosophies. At the heart of this is an attitude of genuine care for the work and our clients. The WOLF system is a finely tuned instrument that enables the team to efficiently achieve the high standards we are renowned for.
At WOLF ARCHITECTS the cost of our three bedroom homes (build only), falls between $700,000 and $1.2 million + GST, not including landscaping or luxury finishes. Costs lower than this often fall into the category of small renovations which our practice does not specialise in.
As a boutique practice, there are limits to the quantity of projects we wish to take on without compromising our standards. Whilst we rarely refuse projects, there can occasionally be a queue in order for us to uphold our reputation as valued contributors to the building design industry.
Designing dream homes of between 400m2 and 1,500m2 (approx. 43-160 squares) is our forte. The same principles apply when we work with multi-unit developments, and our experience means a high success rate in obtaining planning permits. We also enjoy taking on low-rise apartment buildings and commercial projects.
We put a great deal of effort into the design process and our buildings are finely honed. We believe this complex process should be savoured rather than rushed.
The WOLF process can be systematically broken down into different stages. Within each are methods and approaches that ensure all members of our team work efficiently together to achieve the ever-improving WOLF standard. A house between 50-70 squares in size might have up to eight stages and takes a minimum of eight months to achieve building permits. More commonly though, to twelve to fifteen months is required depending on the following listed complexities:
- Detailed and extensive interior design
- Seamlessly integrated landscape design which is not an after-thought
- Client delays due to travel, decision making time, or family discussions
- External consultants such as Energy Raters, Building Surveyors, and Engineers
- Town Planning and council involvement
- VCAT (not to be considered as part of our regular service)
- Builder selection and tendering
WOLF Architects are ready to bring our high-end designs to any part of the globe. Our multicultural team and international network of design studios makes it easy for us to service clients on every continent.
Prior to contacting any architect, there are a few things that must be considered.
- Have you purchased land?
- Do you know how much you want to spend on the project?
- Are your finances in order?
- Are you ready to start?
These are common questions that should be satisfied prior to starting a project.
If you have read through the FAQs in this section and are still keen to progress, then we suggest you give us a call to discuss your project further. We will try to provide you with a rough fee estimate for our services. If those fees fall within your expectations the next step would be to book an appointment at our office to discuss things further.