At Baenziger Coles, it’s all about people. Our passion for people drives the design process where developing an innate understanding of our clients and users equates into buildings and spaces that support and inspire people.

Our projects respond to place. Our attitudes are attuned to an architecture that weaves and intertwines with its physical, environmental and social contexts. Buildings and spaces endeavour to harness the subtle forces of their surrounds to reduce energy consumption while carefully minimizing their carbon footprint during construction.

Each project is unique. Our work is broad and intentionally avoids specialisation which has produced a flexible working approach and diversity of skills. Our studio team of architects and interior designers freely exchange ideas across various project scales and typologies which direct the function of our practice as an ongoing workshop for innovation.


Directors Tony Baenziger and Sue Coles lead the practice with a collaborative focus on progressive thinking and sustainable design. We have a team of highly motivated and passionate industry professionals, offering a range of various expertise in the field of architectural, interior design and project management services.

Our experience ranges from small domestic extensions, community and hospitality projects, retail design to high-rise city office projects, fitouts, residential and industrial developments. The firm has the technical capability to service a wide range of commissions and is able to offer a flexible approach to budget and program. As a result, Baenziger Coles consults to a broad cross section of private, commercial, institutional and Government clientele.


Established in 1990 by Tony Baenziger & Sue Coles, the firm has accumulated a wealth of experience in the disciplines of Architecture, Interior Design and Project Management.

Our success is built on a reputation of excellence, honesty and professional integrity. The quality of personalised service we provide is reflected in our list of many repeat clients and their positive referrals.

With pride in our past achievements we move forward with an unwavering passion to continually push the envelope, and exceed the expectations of our clients.


CitySwitch State Awards 2020

Winner of the Victorian State Awards - Under 2000m2 Category

CitySwitch Green Office Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2018

National Finalist of the CitySwitch Signatory Awards – Under 2000m2 Category
Baenziger Coles South Melbourne Office

Melbourne Design Awards 2014

Silver Winner of Installation, Display, Exhibit & Set Design
‘Family Feud’ Set Design

Melbourne Design Awards & Sydney Design Awards 2013

Winner of Installation Design/Set Design Category
‘Adam Hills Live’ Set Design

CitySwitch Green Office Awards 2012

National Finalist of the CitySwitch Awards, New Signatory of the Year – Under 2000m2 Category; Baenziger Coles South Melbourne Office

Melbourne Design Awards 2012

Winner of Installation Design/Set Design Category
‘The Footy Show’ Set Design

Timber Design Awards 2011 & 2012

2011 - Shortlisted in Residential Class 1 Category
Heiden Beach House, Point Lonsdale
2012 - Shortlisted in the Interior Fit-out Category
Komeyui Japanese Restaurant

The Laminex Group / ASOFIA 2011/12 Interior Fitout Awards

Winner of the QLD Interior Fitout of the Year Category
Mitchell Ogilvie Menswear

Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) 2011

Shortlisted in the Sustainable Project Category
Heiden Beach House, Point Lonsdale

Melbourne Design Awards 2011

Shortlisted in the Architecture Residential Constructed Category
Heiden Beach House, Point Lonsdale

Airport Food & Beverage Awards (FAB) 2011

Finalists of Best Food-Led Cafe Bar/Restaurant Category
Bar Savoia | Danks Street Depot | Bambini Wine Room | Sydney Airport

Port Phillip Business Excellence Awards 2010

Winner of the Service Excellence Category

Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Awards 2001

High Commendation in the Commercial Interior Category
Swish, Collins Street, Melbourne


The Local Project Online article published, 19 August 2021
Hampton House - Hampton VIC

Abode magazine, issue 26, 2012. Article: ‘Form Fitting’
Fairhaven Residence – Fairhaven VIC

Venue magazine, issue 51, 2012. Article: ‘Bespoke Perfection’
Mitchell Ogilvie Menswear - Brisbane QLD

Venue magazine, issue No 46, 2011. Article: ‘Slice of life’
Komeyui – Japanese Restaurant, Port Melbourne VIC

Australia’s Best House book by Think Publishing, 2011
Point Lonsdale Beach House, Point Lonsdale, VIC

The Age newspaper, Living By Design, Sept 2011 Article: ‘Style With Sustainability’
Point Lonsdale Beach House, Point Lonsdale, VIC

Venue magazine, issue 40, 2011.
Danks Street Depot, Caviar House, Bambini Wine Room & Itacho Sushi- Sydney Airport. NSW

Scene Design Quarterly magazine No. 20, 2005
Hafele – Showroom, Melbourne, VIC

Indesign magazine, Vol. 18, August 2004. Article: ‘Legible Practice’
Baenziger Coles Office - South Melbourne, VIC

The Office: Designing for Success book by Stephen Crafti, images Publishing 2004
SHL Commercial Interior, Melbourne, VIC

Making More of Small Spaces book by Stephen Crafti, images Publishing. 2003
The Tree House, Red Hill


Baenziger Coles Pty Ltd
419 City Road
South Melbourne VIC 3205

PO Box 957
South Melbourne VIC 3205

(03) 9696 6899

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