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From anthracite to anthrosite

The genus of our name began with an informed desire to respond to the place we practice; Newcastle. Inescapability, we came across anthracite. A reference to coal mining: the foundation for the original settlement of Newcastle.

Wikipedia defines Antracite as:
“… a hard, compact variety of coal that has a submetallic luster. It has the highest carbon content, the fewest impurities, and the highest calorific content of all types of coal…”

This seemed somehow very appropriate to our little design practice located within one of the world’s leading coal export ports. There is no denying, coal mining is far from a promotable identity for a region. Newcastle’s past and present are inextricably intertwined with this commodity, a fact we cannot deny and won’t hide from in understanding our local context.

Thus, we improved the spelling:

anthro = human, and
site = place.

Our intent is to create places for people to inhabit, human and contextual responsive design.


Coal seam in detail as seen in merewether/Burwood Beach cliff face.


Mayfield coal loaders.


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