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Testimonial : Surry Hills House | 08.06.2016

“I had a wonderful experience working with Benn & Penna on the renovation of my house in Surry Hills. The role of an ideal architect is to propose their style and ideas whilst at the same time listening to the needs and desires of the client. In this respect Andrew is the perfect architect and it has been a pleasure to work with him. He is an excellent listener, very professional and good at proposing solutions that work. I thoroughly enjoy seeing the project coming to life. We met almost every two weeks on site with the builder, had several phone calls to discuss the finishes and it was a pleasure to see the project evolving during this time. When there were unexpected issues or problems, Andrew was again excellent at finding solutions that satisfied all parties and the final result was in fact better than I had expected when I started. The finishes chosen by Andrew gave the house a modern look while retaining its character. The spaces are used in the best possible way and give the feeling of a beautiful home that is inundated by natural light. I am more than happy with the result and have since recommended Benn & Penna to friends of mine for their own renovation”

Patrick Bertolino

Testimonial : Wood-Walther House | 05.05.2015

“Our project involved alterations and additions to a modest single story brick and weatherboard cottage, including a new upper level containing a master-bedroom, ensuite and mezzanine study. From the very beginning Andrew delivered some remarkable design concepts and an understanding of the character of this 1880’s cottage. His willingness to engage with our ideas and to expand on them over the many months of planning was most enjoyable and exciting. Even after construction had commenced there were many times a new idea would emerge and Andrew would always fully engage with us to incorporate and develop the ideas. This collaboration was one of the most satisfying and fulfilling experiences. The final result is a well thought out and highly individual building that is sympathetic to the character of an 1880’s Balmain cottage, and which reveals a wonderful utilisation of space and light. We were very fortunate having the opportunity to engage Benn & Penna for our project and have no qualms in recommending them.”

David Wood & Marlis Walther (ph 0416 115 946)

Quote : Wallpaper* Magazine | 07.01.2014

“Sydney-based architecture and design firm Benn + Penna have been turning heads in Sydney with a residential project for their own extended family….the homes our clearly contemporary but with a layering and grain that speak to the historic area of Balmain”

Wallpaper* Magazine (for full article see our Awards & Publications, or Twitter feed pages)

Testimonial : Jenner House | 27.11.2013

“We could not be more happy with the professionalism and outstanding attention to detail that Benn & Penna have shown throughout our project. With limited space on a small inner city allotment, and with an existing weatherboard dwelling that had not been touched since its conception in the 1920’s, our brief was to extend to the rear and maximise the scale of each room in a contemporary manner, whilst retaining its classic charm. In an local government area renowned for delays in gaining approvals Benn & Penna managed to deliver our brief and gained approval within 6 weeks. Andrew fully immersed himself in every aspect of the project and has worked closely with us to ensure our expectations were met. We now have a beautiful yet extremely functional space that is a pleasure to live in for the entire family. It is also sensitive to our surroundings and considerate to the aspect of the land. The positioning of the fireplace, utility cupboard, pantry, study area, bathroom wet area, recessed vanity, the rear deck with external kitchen (the list goes on), everything just works. We would have no hesitation in recommending Benn & Penna and I am sure we will engage them again in the future”

Felicity & Tim Jenner (ph 0405 538 008)

Testimonial : Southern Highlands House | 01.11.2013

“We couldn’t be happier with the beautiful design that Andrew and Alice developed for us at our rural property. Despite the logistical difficulties in designing for and building in a remote, fire-prone location, the whole process went extremely smoothly from beginning to end. Andrew and Alice are deeply consultative in their approach, and helped us find an excellent local builder with whom they worked in a very productive and harmonious collaboration. The design concept they arrived at perfectly suits our needs and provides us with great aesthetic pleasure. We couldn’t  recoomend them more highly”.

Kerry Schott and Lindie Clark, Bullio NSW, October 2013

Testimonial : Balmain House 1 | 27.09.2013

“Our brief to Benn & Penna was to bring together two rather decrepit semis in a contemporary design that was sympathetic to our heritage area where there are quite stringent planning restrictions. We also needed a flexible design which incorporated both home and office spaces. We are thrilled at the outcome. The whole design and building process was carefully managed in a consultative fashion so that we finished with a building absolutely suited to our needs, with little cost overrun. Most importantly the houses are lovely to live in, light filled and angled to make the most of the view and the aspect. We love the feeling of space and that we have all this while treading lightly on the land”

Andrew Martin (ph. 0417 249 408)

Testimonial : builder for Southern Highlands House |

“We thank Benn & Penna for inviting us to tender and build the Southern Highlands project. This certainly wasn’t a standard run of the mill residential project, but rather a very clever design that complimented the ‘pavilion styles’ of the existing dwelling perfectly. The plans and documentation were very detailed and well thought out which made this complex job much easier to price and build. We are proud to have been associated with this project and hope to work with Benn & Penna in the future.”

Andrew Corby, Director : A J Corby Constructions Pty Ltd  

Testimonial : builder for Balmain Houses | 10.07.2013

“We had the pleasure of building Andrew Benn’s Balmain Houses project and found his approach to design and management very thorough and complimentary to our approach as builders.  Benn & Penna’s absolute commitment to delivering highly functional yet creative spaces is a credit to their talent as architects that is deservedly seeing them emerge as one of Sydney’s sought after names in Architecture. We are proud to have been given the opportunity to be involved in the Balmain Houses project and look forward to working closely with Benn & Penna in the future.”

Josh Leong @ Join Constructions (ph. 02 8544 0656)

Testimonial : Lloyd House |

“We are absolutely thrilled with the outcome of our recent house renovation design by Benn & Penna.  Andrew certainly maximised the available space and completely satisfied our needs with a superlative concept and an imaginative use of materials on our waterfront reserve.  All negotiations with Council planning authorities went remarkably smoothly which was no doubt due to an excellent understanding of strict council requirements in our environmentally protected area. Overall, Benn & Penna have produced for us a highly professional and truly satisfying result.”

Ray & Esme Lloyd (ph. 02 9810 5110)