Archive | January, 2010

Energy Australia substation opposite Belmore Park.

30 Jan

Energy Australia substation to be built on the empty site opposite Belmore Park.

Formerly on the site was the Hotel Sydney (demolished in the 1970s, presently carpark). A far more attractive and urbane approach to the opposte park.

A rendering of the substation being constructed. It is ultimately to incorporate some commercial component.

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Centrepoint Tower- archive images

29 Jan

It was first going to be known as “The Centrepoint” after a competition called “Name the Tower” put to the public by The Sun Herald in 1968 and was proposed back then to be worth $25 million to build – lol.

Crone conceived Sydney Tower in 1968. Construction of Centrepoint’s shopping areas began in late 1970 with the first 52 stores opening in 1972. The office component was completed in 1974.

Construction of the tower component began in 1975 and was completed in 1981. However, building this tall tower was no small feat. Engineers had to overcome the potential problem of Sydney’s winds on the structure. The tower was designed to withstand a “once-in a-thousand” year storm, bending in winds in excess of 162 mph, as well as an earthquake of a force never anticipated to occur in Australia. 56 cables stabilise the tower.

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Avery Centre Reconstruction: Hyde Park Residences

29 Jan

The butt ugly 30 year old Avery Centre -former Police centre on College Street is to be guttered and floors added to become an apartment tower. 22st/85m/res
currently 21floors/83m, it will have balcs and total 30storeys tall or approx 100m.
It’s not a very interesting design, but it’s a hell of a lot better than the current box. Still, I’d love to live in one one those apartments at the northern end – views of the city, views of the harbour, no chance of the views being built out and close to everything.

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Gunyah Beach House

29 Jan

The construction process of this building on a steeply sloping block of absolute waterfront, required an acute degree of forethought & management. The design concept required a flush-finished building envelope using materials in their raw state.

This concept dictated the necessity of fine tolerances at the structural stage of the project, beyond what may be expected as the industry standard. Insitu concrete walls were formed using oregon boards running horizontally through the building. The pre-construction of these walls necessitated a prolonged programme of labour-intensive carpentry & on site surveying to verify al1 tolerances. As the structure was the final finished face, the installation & maintenance of the wall & floor protection was extensive and became a trade in it’s own right. Continue reading

Done House – Glenn Murcutt

28 Jan

Done House
Mosman, Sydney, NSW
1988-91 Glenn Murcutt

Similar to Glenn’s other houses in an urban context, careful attention was given to providing privacy from neighbours and the street whilst giving the sense of isolation in nature. The use of solid masonry walls illuminated by, and contrasting the cast sky connote Glenn’s early travels through the Greek islands. Punctuation of the exterior walls frame select views over the harbour and surrounding greenery, whilst on the street frontages, high windows are used to fill interior spaces with natural light whilst providing the privacy and intimacy common to Glenn’s work. – from the ozetecture website.

This residence has a wonderful sense of privacy for being in the center of Sydney. Skinny-Dipping in the middle of the day is not a problem. Continue reading

30 The Bond – Lend Lease + PTW Architects

28 Jan

30 The Bond, 30 Hickson Road, Millers Point
by Lend Lease design, Whittaker Hadenham Openshaw & PTW Architects
Sydney Australia

Address: 30-34 Hicksons Road Sydney.

Travel: Catch a train from any Sydney station to Wynard Station, come out the Clarence Street exit. Turn left onto Margaret Street and continue walking North.

Info: The foyer is a public space weekdays between 9am-5pm. There is a small coffee shop to sit an enjoy the space from.

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Lilyfield House, Sydney

26 Jan

While many architects thrive on the thrill and prestige of starting from scratch, there are often times when only reconstruction will do. This refined rebuild involved the wholesale overhaul of a 19th-century weatherboard house, located close to the centre of Sydney. Originally a worker’s cottage, the Lilyfield House was bought by a family that needed to maximise the available space without settling for an ersatz addition that simply mimicked the original architecture.

Nobbs Radford Architects stepped in with a design for a subtle modern extension, drawing inspiration from the humble original cottage, with its flanks clad in narrow wooden weatherboards, while still managing to convey a functional, standalone character. From the street, the new addition presents a striking geometric counterpart to the traditional pitched roof profile of the original house, with walls covered in industrial gauge steel and a monopitch roof that rises to a spiky peak. Continue reading