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To ‘lull’ is to induce a temporary state of calm. Lull creates a sense of calm with its main architectural feature; a rhythmical membrane canopy.

This element is designed to interact with natural elements; dancing in the light, singing in the rain and breathing in the wind. In much the same way it is relaxing to sit in the dappled shade of Eucalyptus branches, so too will it be a tranquil experience under the weave of Lull’s canopy.

The Lull pavilions offer shelter to visitors of public facilities in parks and urban spaces by playfully interacting with the natural elements. Sunshine, rain and wind are celebrated as phenomena that can give an unexpected sense of delight to the public architecture and enliven a visitor’s experience. Rather than construct a solid roof, Lull proposes a dynamic canopy from a folded membrane that weaves light and shade, sways in the breeze and reveals the fall of rain. Though protected, the space beneath Lull’s canopy is not enclosed or static, but is ever-changing with the time of day; an architecture attuned to the beauty of the outdoors.

Lull is a prefabricated structure with two elements: a steel frame, consisting of posts and trusses and a single membrane canopy. The membrane material can be provided in a range of colours and textures and is typically used in contexts where durability, low maintenance and light transmission is desired, such as stadium roofs. The steel frame is similar to the standard 4-post shelters found universally in parks and urban spaces; a generic form suitable for any public setting. The folded membrane expression is understated and experienced from within, rather than seen from afar. Construction of a Lull shelter is a simple two-step process. Firstly, the prefabricated truss and posts elements are bolted together on site to form a frame. Secondly, the single membrane sheet is tensioned within the frame. The process is fast and can be completed without training or specialised equipment.

Meet the Designers

Toby Breakspear

Toby Breakspear

Toby Breakspear is the director of Breakspear Architects.
Registered Architect NSW, registration number 8774
B Arch (Hons 1), University of Sydney
B Des, University of Sydney

Toby was a director of Tomahawk Archer Breakspear from 2013-14 and previously worked with CHROFI on a broad range of architectural and urban projects from 2006- 2013. Tomahawk Archer Breakspear’s Poly pavilion was selected from the Fugitive Structures competition for fabrication and installation at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF). Poly was on exhibition at SCAF in 2014. At CHROFI, Toby was the project architect for the national and international award winning pair of buildings; the Lune De Sang Sheds. Recognition and awards for the Lune De Sang Sheds project includes; World Architecture Festival 2014 category winner, Finalist of International AZ Awards 2015, winner of the Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Awards 2015, gold medal winner of the International Design Awards (iDA) 2014, Archdaily World Building of the Year Finalist 2014, Australian Institute of Architects Commercial Architecture Award 2014 and the Architizer A+ Award Category Winner 2014.

Toby currently teaches design at UTS and has previously taught at USYD and UNSW. Together with John Choi, Toby co-ordinated and tutored the final year architectural design studio at Sydney University. Toby also wrote, co-ordinated and taught the Sydney University Second Year Communications Course together with Lucy Humphrey.

Toby graduated from the University of Sydney and was the recipient of the Graduate Award for Architecture History and Theory from the RAIA NSW Chapter and received the Ethel M Chettle Prize in Architecture from Sydney University. Toby worked as a senior architect for 3 competition winning schemes with CHROFI; the Macquarie St Tower Competition, the Manly Centre Competition and the Danks St Apartments Competition. His entry in collaboration with Lucy Humphrey was a finalist in the 2G International Ideas Competition for Venice Lagoon Park and has been exhibited at the Venice Arsenale and the European Landscape Biennale in Barcelona.

About Breakspear Architects

Breakspear Architects is an ideas-driven office that offers services in architecture, interiors and concept development. The practice embraces the collaborative nature of design to produce work with material and intellectual coherence. We revel in both the practical and abstract sides of architecture by thinking strategically with our clients about social, environmental, technological, economic and spatial issues.

Concurrently, we strive to develop new construction details and fabrication processes that optimise and improve upon standard techniques. The combination of our generalist approach with a sensitive awareness of individual client aspirations and site conditions is the key to finding unexpected ideas and excellent solutions for any project.

Current projects by Breakspear Architects include a mixed-use restaurant/residential building in Surry Hills, private residences in Manly, Vaucluse and Marrickville, an office building in Balgowlah and a library and community centre in the Blue Mountains. Breakspear Architects is prequalified under the NSW Government Architect’s Strategy and Design Excellence Scheme.

In 2015 Breakspear Architects received first place for a City of Sydney Design Excellence Competition for the design of a 180 apartment residential building in Erskineville and second place in a design competition for 170 apartments in the Rocks. Each competition was undertaken as a collaboration between Breakspear Architects as the design architect and Kann Finch as the executive architects. The oneA Erskineville apartment design is currently being developed for construction.