Urban design strategies inform a two-storey steel framed addition to an existing 3-storey masonry building on a prominent inner-city corner. The additional floors serve to re-organise and consolidate the disparate commercial operations of a clothing manufacturer in one location. The first new storey is setback behind the existing parapet on two frontages and the second new storey is brought out to the street boundaries, enabling a clear distinction between existing and new fabric.
The project also entails substantial refurbishment of the existing 3 levels. Organised vertically, the Lower Ground level accommodates store rooms and an office, the Ground level accommodates an entry foyer, reception and showroom and the First level accommodates open-plan offices. The first new storey houses meeting and office spaces and the second new level accommodates open-plan offices and a large open-ended roofed terrace for in-house social gatherings and clothing line launches.
In plan, all levels are organised around a permeable glazed void and new
smoke-isolated glazed stair core which serve to physically and visually link
all levels vertically. The atrium, stair and services are organised along the
‘rear’ length of each floor plate, which in combination with newly inserted
structure, free-up the main frontages and corner of each floor plan to meet programmatic
Location: Foveaux Street, Surry Hills, Sydney
Structural Engineer: SDA Structures
BCA Consultant: DLM Consulting
Surveyor: Junek & Junek
Drawings: Christopher Polly Architect