Lennox Street, Newtown, NSW
On a very small site in the narrow streets of Newtown we have managed to create four new 2-storey apartment style dwellings, each with its own private large rooftop terrace plus three brand new 3-storey terrace houses. An existing heritage listed substation building has been wholly retained except for the roof and parts of the rear wall with a new addition formed above & behind the existing façade. The new addition is contemporary in nature yet retains a raw, industrial materiality as a nod to the site’s former use. A subtle cantilevered roof form creates an intriguing insert into the streetscape.
The new terrace houses are generous in size and maximise light & air in an otherwise awkward east-west orientation. The form & design of the new buildings picks up queues from the local vernacular but avoids mimicry. Elements of the new terrace houses tie-in with the architecture of the new additions to the substation, resulting in a homogenous development overall but one which retains the heritage item as the hero in the streetscape.
Status: Construction commencing soon.