Six Degrees formed in 1991 when six recent architecture graduates shared a studio space Richmond, Melbourne. The group collaborated on small domestic and commercial commissions, public sculpture and architectural competitions. At the time of deciding a name for the practice the temperature on the iconic Nylex clock read an icy 6°, the name stuck and Six Degrees Architects was born.
The recession of the early 90’s meant it was a difficult time for architecture (notoriously many architects were driving cabs to survive) but it had a significant influence on the development of the Six Degrees practice. Early projects were inventive and resourceful, adapting warehouses and empty CBD office buildings into dwellings, often using low cost or found materials. This approach was used in the design and establishment of Meyers Place Bar - commonly recognised as the first laneway bar in Melbourne - kicking off a revolution in hospitality design.
The ensuing 20 years has seen Six Degrees develop as specialists in high-use spaces in diverse applications; including University & School buildings, offices, city precincts, restaurants and pubs. The public nature of much of Six Degrees’ work means it has become an iconic part of Melbourne’s architecture, recognisable for their distinctive use of raw materials with a highly crafted finish.