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23-25 Egan Street
by Mackenzie Pronk Architects, Julie Mackenzie, Shack Design & Kieran McInerney - Architects in Association

            

IN THE ARCHITECTS WORDS

As a group of young architects we sought a warehouse building for adaptive reuse into which we could build affordable apartments. 23-25 Egan Street, Newtown, constructed in 1923, offered a simple architectural form, utilitarian finishes, original timber trusses, painted signs and artefacts of industrial archaeology worthy of conservation. The key architectural philosophies guiding the project were to retain a tangible memory of the building's past, venerate the existing significant fabric and insert strong new elements that were functional, contemporary and sympathetic. Despite the small dimensions of the site, measuring only 27m x 8m, we arrived at a design to create 3 apartments, with a separate studio shopfront. The layout retains a generosity of space and maximises the usable area whilst appearing a natural evolution of the existing building. The apartments are accessed via a common corridor to the south. Each apartment has an open plan kitchen, dining and living room on the ground floor arranged around a north-facing courtyard. The courtyard facades are glazed and feature large folding doors and a two storey north facing glazed wall. Upstairs a bathroom, bedroom and study are housed between the original trusses, with large skylights providing light and ventilation. A steel framed void
 
 

connects the storeys. We designed the apartments for ourselves as a collective, pooling skills and resources to gain access to the housing market. The layout and details were common and costs were strictly controlled. The overall construction cost was $550,000. Materials were recycled on site including bricks, original trusses and timbers. New work was built in recycled timber and steel with hoop pine ply joinery. Energy efficiency is achieved through a layout that optimises solar access to habitable spaces for the winter months. The provision of ample natural daylight to habitable rooms and inclusion of solar hot water further reduces energy demand. The roof overhang provides shading to glazing during the summer months and the cathedral ceilings are fully insulated. The void over the dining area encourages stack ventilation that is further enhanced by vented skylights. Passive solar design principles and natural ventilation have reduced the dependence on artificial heating and cooling in the apartments. The project provides a viable model for adaptive reuse of an industrial heritage building to create affordable housing and work space. It advocates sustainable design and retention of heritage significance in preference to demolition, to create a richer urban environment.
 
DETAILS

Location
Newtown, NSW
Architect
Mackenzie Pronk Architects, Julie Mackenzie, Shack Design & Kieran McInerney - Architects in Association
Contact address:
Mackenzie Pronk Architects, Julie Mackenzie, Shack Design & Kieran McInerney - Architects in Association
Project Team
Design architect: Mr Neil Mackenzie, Mackenzie Pronk Architects
Design architect: Ms Julie Mackenzie
Design architect: Ms Heidi Pronk, Mackenzie Pronk Architects
Design architect: Mr Jason Veale, Shack Design
Design architect: Mr Kieran McInerney, Kieran McInerney Architect
Structural consultant: Richard Green, Taylor Thomson Whitting
Hydraulic consultant: Andreas Heintze, Warren Smith & Partners
Acoustic consultant: Jason Cameron, Acoustic Studio
Environmental consultant: Jason Veale, Shack Design
Builder: John Pullan, W F Pullan & Sons
Fire Engineering Consultant: Jason Jeffress, Defire
Photographer: Oliver Berlin, Oliver Berlin Photography
Heritage consultant: Julie Mackenzie
Entered
2006


Photographs by Oliver Berlin of Oliver Berlin Photography, text by Mackenzie Pronk Architects, Julie Mackenzie, Shack Design & Kieran McInerney - Architects in Association

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