Yirranma Place | SJB

Yirranma Place | SJB | Photographer: Anson Smart

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Yirranma Place | SJB

Traditional Land Owners
Gadigal People of the Eora Nation

New South Wales

Commercial Architecture
Interior Architecture
Mainbrace Constructions
Anson Smart
Tom Roe
Project summary

Built in the 1920s in the interwar Beaux Arts style, this beautiful building was first utilised as a gathering place for the First Church of Christ Scientists. Reimagined as Yirranma Place the precinct is now home to the headquarters of the Paul Ramsay Foundation and is a true reflection of the legacy of the Ramsay Health founder and generous benefactor to Australian charities committed to breaking cycles of disadvantage.

Light touch interior renovations reflect a guiding principle to acknowledge and celebrate past forms through a sequence of beautiful spaces sitting within the existing shell – new additions are sculptural, robust and respectful of the heritage fabric.

New areas are designed with future flexibility in mind while the openness in design creates clear sightlines, allowing light to penetrate the depths of the new floor plates.

National Architecture Awards Accolades
National Commendation for Commercial Architecture
New South Wales Architecture Awards Accolades
Award for Commercial Architecture
Commendation for Interior Architecture
Shortlist – Commercial Architecture
Shortlist – Heritage
Shortlist – Interior Architecture
New South Wales Jury Presentation

Once in a while a design opportunity arises to weave an extraordinary existing fabric with contemporary technologies. The transformation of the much-loved 1927 First Church of Christ Scientist building in Darlinghurst into Yirranma Place was one of those moments.

Retaining the envelope and the bulk of the heritage significant internals of the original building established sustainable foundations for the project. Great care has been taken to retain the existing structure with only minor structural modifications to some rooms to create amenities and services.

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