The Beehive, exterior. Photo © Prue Ruscoe

The Beehive 2018

Focus Tour - Saturday 3 November

Surry Hills




Raffaello Rosselli Architect in collaboration with Luigi Rosselli Architects


2018 NSW Small Project Architecture Award, AIA

2018 NSW Sustainable Architecture Award, AIA

2018 NSW Commercial Architecture Commendation, AIA

2018 Commercial-Office – Low Rise (1–4 Floors) – Winner, Popular Choice, Architizer A+ Awards

2018 Details – Plus Architecture +Facades – Jury Winner, Architizer A+ Awards

2018 Robin Dods Roof Tile Excellence Award, Think Brick

Stitched between a century-old brick warehouse and a row of Victorian terraces on a former car park, The Beehive offers an illusive first impression. Terracotta roof tiles have been reconfigured and stacked vertically into a rhythmic brise-soleil that defines the facade and informs the building’s name.

Designed as the new studio for Luigi Rosselli Architects, The Beehive challenges the conventional limitations of discarded terracotta roof tiles, a building material without an established re-use market. It celebrates the act and art of creating something beautiful and new from ‘found’ materials. And it sets an example for how waste products may be reclaimed, reimagined and re-used, with minimal energy. Understandably, it won a string of accolades on completion, including a sustainability award from the Australian Institute of Architects.

Tour experience

Step into The Beehive with its architects and makers. Your Sydney Open tour of this multi-award-winning new architecture studio will provide insight into the inspiration for this brilliant design, and firsthand accounts of the research, development and construction techniques that went into realising it.


Raffaello Rosselli creates architecture that is both grounded in place and unique, through a process that redefines and reimagines neglected and waste materials. This method of design and development stems from the knowledge that, in Australia alone, construction process creates up to fifty-percent of the country’s waste output. Material reuse reduces this environmental impact and is the most efficient method for building. He has been touted as an emerging architect to watch in global publication Casabella and has been shortlisted in the Dezeen Awards emerging architect of the year category.

Luigi Rosselli is a Milan-born architect who came to Australia in the 1980s as part of the winning architecture team for Parliament House, Canberra. Over three decades of practice in Sydney he has developed a reputation for innovative and inspirational architecture with a humanist focus.

Callum Coombe sits somewhere between designer and maker. Having worked for years on construction sites, he joined Luigi Rosselli Architects for the prototyping and construction of The Beehive. Callum thinks about architecture through the lens of his many passions, its materiality, its process and its place in nature.

Key information

Session duration

45 mins


This tour has a capacity of 20 people per session.

Visitor requirements

Please meet outside the venue on Buckingham Street. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of your tour. There is no parking available at the venue and parking near the venue is very restricted, so we encourage you to use public transport or walk or cycle to reach us.

The building is fully wheelchair accessible.

to know

  • Photography restricted
    Photography is permitted of the exterior of the building and in the lobby only.

  • Accessible