Music Room | Alexander Symes Architect

Music Room | Alexander Symes Architect | Photographer: Barton Taylor

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Music Room | Alexander Symes Architect

Traditional Land Owners
Gadigal of the Eora Nation
Year
2023
Chapter

New South Wales

Category
Lord Mayors Prize (NSW)
Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Sustainable Architecture
Builder
AJP Constructions
Photographer
Barton Taylor
Project summary

Music-Room is located in the Toxteth Conservation Area in Glebe on Gadigal Land. The home is sited next to the “Sze Yup Temple” where burning of ink printed pray papers creates an unpleasant and unhealthy air quality. The project sits at the intersection of; fitting into this conservation zone; managing the air quality of its neighbour; managing acoustics of music production; being adaptable to be a multigenerational household; a place to “age-in-place”; and also be robust towards future climate scenarios. A large part of the solution to this is targeting “Enerphit Certification” which is the adaptive re-use and renovation methodology of the “Passive House Standard.

The project is innovative in testing the boundaries of cross laminated timber and has demonstrated that adaptive re-use and high performance can go hand in hand with creating a playful and delightful home that is fit for a future climate.

2023
New South Wales Architecture Awards Accolades
Shortlist – Sustainable Architecture
New South Wales Jury Presentation

We bought our home with the aim of renovating for us to live with our teenage son and hopefully in time a home that we can age in place and our son may raise a family. Our home is next to the “Sze Yup Temple” where burning of ink printed prayer papers creates an unpleasant and unhealthy air quality at particular prevailing winds. ASA’s solution to use the Enerphit standard with a heat recovery ventilation system means that we have both a low energy consumption home but also filtered healthy air which means that we can live comfortably.

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