Michael Bell crafts classic buildings that embrace quality and beauty, from country estates, regional farmhouses and city residences, to seaside cottages.
Michael Bell established Michael Bell Architects (MBA) in 1998 with the vision to provide families and individuals with the highest quality architectural services, project management and interior design. His commitment to excellence was recognised by the National Trust, through the 2017 Continuing Tradition Award.
Michael Bell believes a successful project has strong and trusted relationships. He believes that the foundations must be set with careful research and understanding. It is this shared philosophy that has brought together the skilled and committed team who are MBA.
Michael Bell lived for a time at ‘Clydesdale’, a pre-1840’s Georgian farming estate in Western Sydney. This experience led to an empathy for classical and traditional vernacular architecture and continues to drive his passion for historical buildings including those which are heritage listed. He believes historical buildings should be preserved and their lifespans extended; this may incorporate re-establishing relevance to accommodate lifestyles of today.
Working with Interior Decorators and Designers is welcomed and seen as an opportunity to collaborate and extend project possibilities. This, along with the importance of incorporating custom joinery and quality finishes, was learned from friend and mentor, Michael Suttor. Suttor emphasises that it is essential to fully address both function and beauty, ensuring that at completion, the building is quite simply, ‘ready to be enjoyed’.
Another early influencer, botanist Jean Galbraith, taught Michael the importance and value of a garden. As such, MBA carefully address outdoor space, ensuring buildings sit comfortably within their landscape and that gardens are enticing and purposeful. The involvement of landscape architects and/or designers early in the planning is also embraced.
MBA creates bespoke spaces, carefully incorporating individual client tastes and modern family traditions, whilst focussing on comfort and longevity. They will age gracefully. Completed projects are valuable; a family treasure. They are seldom traded and are intended to be appreciated by generations to come.