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equipment into an element that is
both architectural and sculptural,
giving it identity and meaning
within the larger development.
The conceptual simplicity of
this undertaking belies the
complexity of its execution which
involved integrating heritage,
technical, services and façade
detailing into a cohesive whole.
This project demonstrates the
adaptability of historic structures
to contemporary use, even for
highly technical and demanding
functions; conserving not just the
physical structures but also their
memory, and reimagining them
into a more sustainable future.
The Irving Street Brewery project
combines highly efficient and
progressive power generation
technology, to deliver gas
generated electricity plus hot and
cold water within a heritage context
in an exemplary manner. Located
in the heart of the new Central
Park development this project
provides a direct link between the
site’s former history and use as the
Carlton Brewery, and its present
redevelopment into a mixed-use
community. The smokestack has
been carefully conserved and
serves as exhaust for the new tri-
generation plant which sits below
the site.
The project exhibits a direct
industrial approach to form making
and detailing, taking cues from the
accretion and layering of changes in
the former Old Boiler House, atop
which now sits a new cooling plant.
Shrouded in perforated zinc mesh
the resulting form of the cooling
tower enclosure lifts the ordinary
and primarily functional plant
Photography: John Gollings
Irving Street Brewery
Tzannes Associates
Significant interiors have been
retained in the redevelopment of
the building, including the original
main hall at the rear and some of
the small bedrooms on the upper
levels. An upper storey addition
is expressed in contemporary
materials which relate Legion
House to the broader Liberty
Place development.
New services have been installed
throughout and the redeveloped
building aspires to achieve a
zero-carbon footprint through
the use of biomass gasification
to convert paper briquettes into
gas which, when operational, will
enable disconnection the building
from the electricity grid.
This project demonstrates
the creative adaptation of the
historic building to contemporary
uses, having regard for both
for its heritage significance and
sustainability objectives.
Originally constructed on
Castlereagh Street in 1902 by the
YWCA, Legion House derived
historical and social significance
from its use as a women’s
hostel and outreach service for
sixty years. This project for the
adaptive reuse of the four-storey
building transforms Legion
House for contemporary office
and retail use.
Considered as part of the Liberty
Place development, an adjoining
building has been demolished
to create a pedestrian laneway
which reveals the brick side
elevation. A new glass enclosed
lift and stair located on the
laneway elevation provides a
new entrance to the office floors.
Heritage conservation works
include the external fabric and
some internal spaces and the
reconstruction of the ground
floor facade, previously lost to
unsympathetic alteration.
Photography: John Gollings
Legion House
Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt)