2016 National Architecture Awards: Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions) Award

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Darlinghurst Rooftop by CO-AP (Architects).

Darlinghurst Rooftop by CO-AP (Architects). Image: Ross Honeysett

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Darlinghurst Rooftop by CO-AP (Architects).

Darlinghurst Rooftop by CO-AP (Architects). Image: Ross Honeysett

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Darlinghurst Rooftop by CO-AP (Architects).

Darlinghurst Rooftop by CO-AP (Architects). Image: Ross Honeysett

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Darlinghurst Rooftop by CO-AP (Architects)
Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions): National Award
Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

In this alterations and additions project, CO-AP (Architects) has carefully arranged a new rooftop garden and elegant residential pavilion on top of a pair of early-twentieth-century Arts and Crafts apartment buildings. This extraordinary work provides a perfect example of how we might renovate our cities to simultaneously increase both social density and the presence of nature, within the constraints and opportunities of existing settings and local planning instruments.

A singular principal residence and rooftop have been yielded from one of the buildings without compromising the character, elegance and fabric of the original structures. Careful and subtle interventions open up the original apartments and a shared staircase, introducing natural light from above to reinvigorate the existing interior and connect it with the new vertical promenade. The rooftop addition is both subservient and exuberant, and its amenity is delightful and unexpected. Sitting low and unobtrusive at the street edge of the building, the new living spaces are principally oriented to the north and the city panorama. The roofless rooms of the lush garden connect occupants to the sky, while maintaining a sense of the ground. The Darlinghurst Rooftop is a sublime example of prospect and refuge in the populous inner city.


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