Peter Bennetts Photography

04.02.15 Architecture Australia January/February ACT for Kids Cover Story

M3 Architecture's ACT For Kids Child and Family Centre of Excellence in Townsville is this issues of AA's Cover Story. Set along side a natural creek bed, resplendent with mature melaleuca and eucalyptus trees the materiality of the buildings draws on the legacy of James Birrells earlier work at the JCU Townsville Campus. Fences and sunshades of Koppers Logs suggest playful fun for the Centre's kids. It's a safe, stimulating and indeed wonderful envroment for vunerable children.  

Featured also in this issue is the partnership of John Wardle Architects and NADAAA's Melbourne School of Design, the new Architecture Building and Planning at Melbourne University. Abundant ideas and incredible detail flourish in a built pedagogy. Greater than the sum of it's parts the MSofD includes but is certainly not limited to a supended series of studios, cantilevered offices, deeply coffered timber skylights and a rooftop japanese garden.

It's been an incredible privelege for me to have photographed these two projects.

29.09.14 Mesa Verde Melbourne. Inside #83 Cover Story

Designed by Architect Grant Amon, who knows a thing or three about restaurants and bars. Mesa Verde - The Green Table is #83 Inside Magazine cover story. Jan Henderson writes 'Mesa Verde has developed a self sufficent (midwestern oasis!) ecosystem high in the sky that takes sustainability to another level.

10.08.14 Cubomania! Green Magazine Cover Story

Lovingly designed and imagined by Phooey. Cubo House is this month's Green Magazine Issue 38 Cover Story. Cubomania refers to a surrealist technique of collages in which a picture or image is cut into squares and the squares are then reassembled to create an entirely new work. Phooey have created a family that's so much more than the sum of it's upcycled parts. 

17.03.14 Monash Art Design & Architecture Volume Control Speaker Series

On 17 March at 6pm Peter's presenting an artist talk to students of communication design for Monash Art Design & Architecture's speaker series – Volume Control.
MADA's Volume Control provides undergraduate and Higher Degree Research students with access to artists and designers, through a series of lectures, workshops and exhibitions.

06.12.13 MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo - ERASMUS EFFECT Italian Architects Abroad

Till the 6th of April 2014 the exhibition Erasmus Effect investigates the progressive acceleration that the phenomenon of “migrant” Italian architecture has undergone in recent decades. From the work of the established international companies to the projects and built works of the young Italian studios, shedding light on both the “widespread quality” of their work and the dense network of collaborations and trans-national ateliers born in the wake of the "Erasmus generation".

I've been pleased to photograph the work of 'transnational atelier' MORQ over the last year. Projects for the exhibition incude their Noosa House, Karri Loop House and the Love Story shop in North Fremantle.

22.11.13 NGV Melbourne Now Exhibition 22 Nov - 23 Mar 2014

Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex cultural landscape of creative Melbourne.

Sampling the City: Architecture in Melbourne Now reveals the complex web of personalities, factions and trajectories that make up Melbourne’s vibrant contemporary architectural culture. Presented in an immersive video and sound space, the work and buildings by over twenty Melbourne architecture practices illustrate five themes representation and the city; craftsmanship and materiality; art-engaged practice; stitching the city; and bio-futures/advanced architecture.

Curated by Fleur Watson, the project features exhibition design by Amy Muir and Stuart Geddes, projection and soundscape design by Keith Deverall, introductory narrative by Watson and Michael Spooner, and built environment imagery by Peter Bennetts.

Peter was commissioned to photograph Melbourne for the immersive video and soundscape. Moving images of Melbourne street scenes were edited with a 'memory fade' technique rendering the environment experiential and more than just object.

The biggest and most ambitious exhibition in the NGV’s history, Melbourne Now heralded a new era and broke all attendance figures with 753,000 visitors over the 120 days of the exhibition.

05.09.13 Architecture Australia September/October La Plage du Pacifique Cover Story

In an issue dedicated to the question "Is it finished yet?" Kristin Green Architecture's yet to be completed La Plage du Pacifique resort in Vanuatu features on the cover of the latest Architecture Australia. An exhibition of photographs of this unfinished resort has led Leon van Shaik to review both Green's architectural projects and Bennetts' photography as he seeks an asnswer to the question of completion or restoration.

Also featured in this issue is ARM's stunning Perth Arena.


A gelataria, grocer, cheese room and some time exhibition space on Sping Street is the cover story of Artichoke 44. The goddess Athena albeit armed with organic gardening tools and not her usual sword can now be found on Spring Street.

01.09.13 In sunny Queensland

Shunning the snow, PB has been a regular visitor to sunny Queensland, not to escape Melbourne’s winter, but to photograph a series of new buildings at the University of Queensland. Just finished and shortlisted for the upcoming World Architecture Festival Awards is HASSELL and Richard Kirk Architects joint venture Advanced Engineering Building. The Advanced Engineering Building or AEB as it's already affectionally know as lives up to its name with state of the art teaching and lab spaces and passive and integrated sustainability initiatives.

Other new buildings at UQ lining up for Peter's lens are the Learning Innovation Building (Richard Kirk Architects), the Global Change Institute (HASSELL) and in Cairns revisiting the Eddie Orbin house.

27.05.13 La Plage du Pacifique Vanuatu Exhibition - Christopoulos, Green & Bennetts

Time moves a little slower in Vanuatu, not that anyone there actually minds, and infact this is a big part of the appeal of the place. However if you are a young, energetic architect from a fast-track city you might yearn for the pace to pick up a little, especially as your ambitious design for a luxury resort emerges ever so slowly, half-realised on a spectacular tract of land where the forest meets the sea.
Kristin Green of Kristin Green Architecture invited photographer Peter Bennetts to accompany her to La Plage du Pacifique, Vanuatu.  The resulting photographs are anything but “in progress” documentation.
Green has bravely allowed Bennetts to present her work at it’s most vulnerable but revealing such strength of form that we can already imagine the finished work.
We see the bones, the inner working, the structure – the important business of architecture before the detailing of surfaces and slick styling. This is architecture at its rawest.
Bennetts’ own unique vision has captured a profound stillness in the half-completed buildings and surrounding landscape. Time has shifted to such a degree that past, present and future/birth, life and decay, merge in one. Light and form create striking compositions that, rather than a direct descriptor, are more evocative of place.
It may seem incongruous to be opening an exhibition of architectural images in the tropics at the launch of a cheese cellar, but for those of you who don’t know, Green is also the architect responsible for the Spring Street Grocer mini-complex. To all her projects she brings a vitality, commitment to concept and a quirky sense of purpose, and this most recent collaboration with entrepreneur Con Christopoulos and photographer Peter Bennetts is no exception.
Downstairs @ Spring Street Grocer
157 Spring Street, Melbourne
Thursday 30th May 2013 from 5.30pm
(Exhibition continues until 9th June 2013)


NMBW Architecture Studio's Kerr Street Apartments is the poster for the Architectural Urbanism Exhibition at the Korean National Museum of the Arts in Seoul.

As well as NMBW's Kerr Street I'm thrilled my photographs of Muir Mendes', iph's and Kerstin Thompson's projects are writ large as floor to ceiling images. Very excited to see!

Architectural Urbanism is an ambition and sensibility for propositions that address the context of the city within the operative scale of the small architectural project. Architectural urbanism represents a tailoring of projects to the local; to the materiality and specificity of the everyday; and to the grain and substance of the location above all else. Architectural urbanism is less about erasure and more about insertion; infill; the weaving of old and new and the dynamics that evolve from subtle and careful manipulation of the city in detail.

Architectural Urbanism/Melbourne Seoul opens March 28 - April 5






31.12.12 Architecture Review Summer 2012/2013 #128 COVER STORY

ARM's Wanangkura Stadium is the cover story of AR's summer edition. Named for the local Aboriginal word for cyclone, the building is as a mirage, a shimmering, rippling effect on an otherwise flat landscape. It's not every shoot that you have a building happily activated by the whole town; premier league basketball, football, a carnival AND fireworks! Wanangkura Stadium is in Port Hedland in the remote North West of Western Australia. 

03.12.12 Marina Bay Financial Centre Singapore

I've been busy in Singapore for Kohn Pedersen Fox photographing four crystaline 50-storey towers that make up the iconic Marina Bay waterfront development. Singapore's gloomy haze and humidity made it difficult - the taxi drivers will tell you it's due to the burning rain-forests in Indonesia. But fortune favours the brave and we were always poised for the faintest clearing of the skies!

02.12.12 Venice Biennale photo essay for (inside) magazine

Commissioned for the latest issue of (inside) magazine #74 I've photographed and written of the highlights from the 13th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. Always a pleasure working with editor Leanne Amodeo and art director Michael Bojkowski. Pictured is the Russian Pavilion, every surface covered by enlarged QR codes.

01.11.12 Looking Down, A view from the clouds

Commissioned by Piccolo and Cornwall - A view from the clouds is an interpretative art piece by photographer Peter Bennetts. From the heady heights of the clouds we asked Peter to explore the macro view afforded by simply being elevated. Melbourne didn't disappoint. This stunning point of view exposes some of the rich texture of Melbourne - from architecture in development up to icons complete. There is nothing but an upside down outtake when looking down on this beautiful international city.

27.08.12 la Biennale di Venezia Italy 'Traces of Centuries & Future Steps' Exhibition

I'm in hot and sultry Venice for the Architecture Biennale and particularly 'Traces of Centuries & Future Steps' my exhibit with Paul Morgan in the Palazzo Bembo which opens today. I've photographed Morgan's work, process and environment which will be presented as two simultaneous looping videos and a soundscape. Michael Quinlan has edited the fine production. Hope you can see it and let me know what you think! That's the Palazzo pictured.

05.07.12 Brookfield Place Perth

Brookfield Place Perth is a just completed commercial precinct featuring a new 45-storey tower designed by HASSELL. The tower's anchor tennant is BHP Billiton. The development includes retail and great restaurants in a restored series of heritage buildings that front onto St Georges Terrace. I'm thrilled to be working with good friend and editor Helen Kaiser and the whole team at publisher Hardie Grant on a book of the development.


Last nght was a big one at the AIA 2012 Victorian Chapter Awards held at the house of spin - Melbourrne's Crown Casino. Congratulations to all the winners! Really wonderful to see emerging practice Folk Architects win an Architecture Award in the Comercial Category with Medhurst Winery in the Yarra Valley. I'd photographed a good number of the winners including NMBW's Fitzroy Apartments, Minfie Van Schaik's Edithvale Discovery and Mildura House, Susi Leeton's Treehouse, HASSELL's Dandenong GSO, Edwards and Moore's Artist Car Park Studio, Andrew Maynard's Hill House, BKK and Peter Elliot's Hi-Pod and the aforementioned Medhurst Winery.

06.06.12 OTTO Launch Party SOHO June 13

I'm looking forward to the OTTO launch party next week, June 13. Let me know if you're in New York and would like to come for a night of fun, celebration and cheers in SOHO! "OTTO represents the best photography of architecture and design, dedicated to licensing the work of preeminent architects and designers from around the world as captured by master contemporary photographers."

23.05.12 Opus Hong Kong

in Hong Kong to photograph Gehry Partners Opus Hong Kong at 53 Stubbs Road, The Peak. I thought a great way to experience and photograph the building would be to scale Victoria Peak starting from the harbour...a hell of a climb with a camera bag and tripod through surprisingly tropical and verdant jungle. The building is more easily visited in a chauffer driven Maybach or Rolls Royce!