Nissen Hut – Belmont North: Adaptive Reuse, Additions & Alterations & Conservation Works | Nimbus Architecture + Heritage Pty Ltd

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Nissen Hut – Belmont North: Adaptive Reuse, Additions & Alterations & Conservation Works | Nimbus Architecture + Heritage Pty Ltd

Traditional Land Owners
Awabakal people
Year
2024
Chapter

New South Wales

Region

Newcastle

Category
Heritage
Builder
T. White Building and Construction Proprietry Limited
Photographer
Andrew Merry
Project summary

The adaptive re-use and conservation works to the locally significant heritage ‘Nissen Hut’ historic property was undertaken to reactivate the existing, neglected heritage structure of the Nissen Hut with an aim to continue the ongoing use of the residences, whilst maintaining as much existing fabric as possible.

As part of the Endangered Houses Trust, the Nissen Hut project required careful joint heritage and architecture expertise to design a new extension to the property rear, which now houses a new bedroom and bathroom.

The existing building is conserved and internally transformed from its previous migrant accommodation use into a family residence, fitted out with a new outdoor deck, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room, laundry and services.

Due to the modest size and changing expectations of contemporary living standards, the Nissen Hut was one of the remaining Nissen Huts built in Belmont North.

2024
New South Wales Architecture Awards Accolades
Commendation for Heritage
Region Jury Citation

The renewal of the Nissen Hut promotes awareness and respect for this compelling historical form. Nimbus’s design solves a ‘square peg/round hole’ puzzle by accommodating contemporary living within the quintessential semi-cylindrical form.

Nimbus and their client, MHNSW (formerly Sydney Living Museums), are to be congratulated for an exemplary conservation and reactivation of the Nissen Hut, by incorporating fragments of original structure with a contemporary material pallet to create a functional suburban home.

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