Oculus | SJB and Richards Stanisich

Oculus | SJB and Richards Stanisich | Photographer: Felix Forest

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Oculus | SJB and Richards Stanisich

Traditional Land Owners
The Gadigal People of the Eora Nation
Year
2023
Chapter

New South Wales

Category
Commercial Architecture
Lord Mayors Prize (NSW)
Builder
Impero Constructions
Photographer
Felix Forest
Project summary

The redevelopment of 249-255 Crown Street reimagines the site as a mixed-use commercial building with a series of playful geometric openings and a handsome brick façade. The central ‘oculus’ showcases nature with a single central tree amongst low level planting prioritizing landscaping within the development.

The project comprises ground floor retail, four levels of commercial, a roof terrace and two basement levels of parking for 12 cars, 5 motorbikes, 37 bicycles, storage, and plant. Due to the sites natural slope down from Crown Street to the rear laneway, the parking area is accessed virtually on grade to achieve maximum vehicle efficiency.

Features include windows revealing a steel-and-glass box structure within that houses the main commercial office footprint. The steel glazing knits the curtain wall glazed system back to the primary concrete structure and allows for clear 11-metre internal spans. Workplaces are above ground floor retail and enjoy generous landscaped terraces.

2023
New South Wales Architecture Awards Accolades
Shortlist – Commercial Architecture
New South Wales Jury Presentation
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Oculus | SJB and Richards Stanisich | Photographer: Felix Forest

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