David Bridgman has experience in all stages of project delivery from early master planning studies through to contract administration during the construction phase.
Our work encompasses a broad range of building types including residential, commercial, institutional, educational, healthcare and defence in urban, rural and remote regions across the Northern Territory.
Our approach to each project is to work closely with clients to achieve their desired outcome. Our inspiration is drawn from the site, the local climate, history and social context. We have experience in the design and management of building projects supported by a detailed understanding of construction methods, buildability and experience in designing to meet important cost targets.
Bullocky Point Education Precinct
The NTSDE is a secondary distance education school located within the Bullocky Point Education Precinct. It is a striking building drawing on an industrial vernacular of steel and concrete set by the nearby heritage-listed water tank from Vestey’s Meatworks. Winner of the top NT Architectural award in 2017 and described by the jury as '...most assuredly a work of the Northern Territory' the NTSDE was completed while Studio Director at Mode (NT). The design team included David Bridgman (Principal Architect); Stefney Schultz and Kelly Ingrames (Interior Designers); Lucy Baker (Architectural Graduate); Jovette Tan (Technician).
Charles Darwin University, NT
Winner of the top Northern Territory Interior Architecture award in 2017, the Information Technology and Management Support Unit’s new office is a creative high-energy environment with design efforts focussed on crafting a range of zones for different types of activity: quiet, focussed, collaborative and technical. It is a beautiful office, slightly quirky, but with a harmonious industrial feel to stimulate minds and inspire innovation.
This small building is a separate studio addition on the site of a heritage listed house in Darwin. The studio is designed to complement the detailing of the nearby house in the use of shutters and casement windows to direct breezes through the interior.
Darwin River, NT
The Wavertree House is a sustainable 3-storey residence designed for maximum comfort in the wet-dry tropics. The house was constructed on a natural bush site in the Darwin River area and generates 100% of its own power through a stand-alone photo-voltaic system. The design was developed in close collaboration with the owners.
The Palmerston waterpark is a NT Government facility managed by the YMCA. The park features wet play areas, a racer slide, barbecue and picnic facilities and a kiosk. The kiosk, built into the escarpment, includes a café with indoor / outdoor seating areas and the administrative offices and facilities for the waterpark.
Charles Darwin University, NT
This large building, designed in collaboration with the University architect, provides teaching and workshop facilities for the various trades that are currently taught at the university. A large roof top solar array provides both power to the building and is a teaching tool for engineering students.
Tennant Creek Hospital, NT
This large veranda was added to an early Darwin house where it provides a spectacular entertainment and recreational area. The veranda is independent of the main house with access provided along a narrow bridge. Timber screens shade the veranda while cooling sea breezes add to the pleasure of the space.
Haasts Bluff Community, NT
A new store in the small desert community of Haasts Bluff replaced an old tin shed that served as the Community store for many years. Located adjacent to an open park in the centre of the community, the distinctive graphics enliven the facades and provide a sense of identity. The store was funded by the Commonwealth Government.
Babica, Southern Poland
Located in a rural setting in the small village of Babica, not far from Krakow in southern Poland, this house for a musician looks across cultivated fields to the spectacular Carpathian mountains in the distance. Taking pride of place in the main two-storey lounge room and performance space is a restored early nineteenth-century harpsichord.
David Bridgman has worked for Woods Bagot, MMP Architects, The Architects Studio, and MODE. Some of the featured projects were completed while working for one of the aforementioned firms.