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One to One

21 architects, 21 students, one pile of junk, one challenge: to create a fully functioning bar in a day.

One to One


November 1st, 2011

Launched by Tim Hastwell of JDH Architects, the One to One challenge sought to bridge the divide between the professional and student bodies. For one day, 21 architects and 21 students worked together to turn a massive pile of junk into a working bar.


Image: Nick Obbelode

Participating firms were JDH Architects, HASSELL, BVN, Hames Sharley, Woodhead, Fitzpatrick & Partners, Snell Architects and SJB. Participating universities were UNSW, UTS and the University of Sydney.




Images: Phil Cooper

Each of the 7 teams were assigned 2 core materials from the junk pile – selected materials that were otherwise destined for landfill.

Professional architects and budding architects let their imaginations run wild, creating objects as diverse as bike wheel chandeliers, tables made from carpet rolls and a chill-out room made of plastic containers.






Images: Nick Obbelode

The result was a bar that opened to over 150 students and professionals from across Sydney. Upon dismantling, the materials used were donated back to Reverse Garbage for reuse.

One to One is set to become an annual event in Sydney, with other states invited to take on the challenge too.

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