Sargood Edge | Shelley Roberts Architects

Sargood Edge | Shelley Roberts Architects | Photographer: Nicole England

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Sargood Edge | Shelley Roberts Architects

Traditional Land Owners


Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
MRU Construction
Nicole England
Project summary

Sargood House is an exemplar of adaptive re-use of commercial buildings giving residential vitality to the city. Shelley Roberts Architects third apartment in this 1926 warehouse, Sargood Edge exhibits a deep understanding of its heritage shell, alongside functional ingenuity and precision to resolve a demanding brief.

The design responds to the common limitations of inner-city apartment living, i.e. achieving climatically effective outdoor space, and adequate storage. A primary move is through the contextually rigorous ‘excavation’ of the facade for a Wintergarden, which becomes a conduit for light, air and greenery. Secondly, Sargood Edge operates as an unusual home-workplace, accommodating the client’s etiquette consultancy and expansive collection of travel souvenirs and personal effects through the architectonic integration of substantial joinery and storage.

Never compromising the original sense of space and robust structure, the project achieves a rejuvenated climatic ambience and seamless incorporation of contemporary services, right down to a dramatic bathroom-steamroom.

Victorian Jury Presentation

Returning home to Australia after living overseas in several locations gave us the opportunity to consolidate our possessions in the one home. Our return coincided with Covid 19 lockdowns, which reinforced how inadequate access was to outside space and fresh air, so this, together with the need for storage (clothes) and space to store an extensive China collection formed the brief.

Project Practice Team

Usman Javad, Documentation
Victoria Ashwell, FF & E Scheduling

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Acoustic Logic, Acoustic Consultant
Adams Engineers, Structural Engineer
C & M Building Surveyors, Building Surveyor
Harlock Consulting, Cost Consultant
M.A.MGMT. Connected Mechanical Services, Services Consultant
Spectrum Building Energy, ESD Consultant

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Sargood Edge | Shelley Roberts Architects | Photographer: Nicole England

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