Steensen Varming was first established in Australia by the Danish practice in 1957, following success in winning the commission to design the Sydney Opera House with Jørn Utzon.
Steensen Varming continued as the mechanical consultants after Utzon resigned in 1966, ultimately delivering the design, documentation, contract administration and detailed site supervision of all mechanical, hydraulic and fire protection services, including the controls/supervisory system.
The design innovation and technical expertise demonstrated in this unique landmark project subsequently led to the awarding of other projects in Australia to the Steensen Varming practice. As a result, Steensen Varming was permanently established on these shores, becoming incorporated in Australia in 1973.
Gerard Reinmuth first met Steensen Varming while working on the AGNSW Asian Gallery in 1997. Since then, Steensen Varming and TERROIR have worked together on a number of occasions, and, in late 2004, Steensen Varming became a client of TERROIR via two projects - their own office and the Canberra Kiosks.