New South Wales
The restricted site for the project was two disused and degraded industrial buildings, the Shelly Warehouse and the former Electrical Substation 164. The Machine Hall of the substation, although neglected offered the opportunity of a grand industrial volume connecting Clarence and Sussex Street.
A new curvilinear transparent form of layered glass and linear varied white ceramic frit has been carefully profiled in plan and section to give the impression of lightness and suspension above the heavy and articulate masonry facades of the heritage buildings. This form tampers back above the Substation through a significant cantilevered structure to maintain the open volume of the Machine Hall and emphasis the lightness of the new elements.
The project has a wholistic approach to sustainability, adapting existing buildings to create healthy and authentic places to work and be. This is a project about the future, that preserves the past through complement and contrast.