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2016 NSW Chapter Hugh & Eva Buhrich Award

We were absolutely thrilled and honoured to receive the Hugh and Eva Buhrich Award for Residential Architecture (Alterations & Additions) at the 2016 NSW Chapter Australian Institute of Architecture Awards for Darlinghurst Rooftop

Jury citation:

“This elegant project defines an understated approach to alterations and additions that enhances the best qualities of the existing building, whilst simultaneously building on the opportunities that the site, context and client present.

In this partial conversion of a pair of small arts and crafts apartment buildings, a new residence has been crafted out of one to create space and amenity without compromising the character and grace of the original building. Considered and subtle interventions open up the original apartments and shared staircase. The natural light that now floods down from the rooftop living space above reinvigorates and connects the existing original spaces with the new.

The rooftop addition is both subservient and exuberant, sitting low and unobtrusive at the street edge of the building while opening up to the north and the city view, to the sky and garden. The individual arrangement of the rooms in the rooftop living spaces channel the sensibilities of the former apartment rooms below, but are unified by the garden aspect. The garden itself is an extraordinary inner city oasis that appreciates but is not slave to its view – an exemplar for green rooftops.”