Conversion of a boarding house within the Bourke Street North Heritage Conservation Area into retail and office premises.
The scope of works includes construction of a new five-storey annex, partial demolition of an existing building, facade restoration and various building upgrades. The primary feature of the development is a curvilinear metal lattice which envelops the new building’s southern and south-eastern elevation. The existing façade of the building facing South Dowling Street will be restored via an interpretive reinstatement of the original Victorian-period frontage. This includes the creation of balconies with cast iron columns and lacework, French doors with trims and mouldings, and a new slate roof and dormer windows.
The architectural design aims to create a gateway marker to the commercial and creative heart of Surry Hills, approaching from the east. The development’s heritage impact statement describes it as a “superb example of contemporary infill” and “when complete, would be an important part of the contemporary architectural legacy of the City of Sydney”.
Smart Design Studio