The Irving Street Brewery is an outstanding example of the retention and adaptive re-use of a significant heritage building. It acts as the generating focus of an entire new urban precinct, whose masterplan is by the same architect. Tzannes Associates has created a landmark of almost futurist-inspired forms at the level of the skyline and people-scaled urban spaces at ground level. On top of the historic brick brewery, part of a trigeneration plant for the entire surrounding development has been imaginatively integrated. The project thus combines new technology, sustainability, urban design and heritage.
The rooftop additions, clad in expanded metal mesh fabric, are exciting and dynamic, with a clear definition between old and new. These elegantly detailed forms stand in memorable contradistinction to the relatively uniform fabric of the surrounding highrise apartment towers and slabs. In short, Tzannes Associates has provided the precinct with its first “monument” and given identity to the series of substantial urban spaces and interconnections at ground level . The historic shell has been retained and awaits a new public function but all of the structure’s industrial parts, including the original hoppers, have been faithfully revealed. The Irving Street Brewery is one of the only remnants of a much larger complex of industrial buildings that originally occupied this inner Sydney site.
The Irving Street Brewery delivers significant community benefits through a highly energy-efficient method of supplying power and hot and cold water to a major inner urban mixed-use development. It provides a model of how new sustainable technologies can be integrated and celebrated with the reinvention and adaptive re-use of an important historic structure.
Read the project review by Ashley Dunn from Architecture Australia Sep/Oct 2015.
Chippendale, Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Project Team
- Alec Tzannes (project director); Allison Cronin (project architect); Antoinette Cano, Bruce Chadlowe, Derek Chin, Ben Green, Carl Holder, Amanda Roberts, Nadia Zhao
Acoustic engineer Acoustic Logic
Art consultant Turpin and Crawford Studio, Barbara Flynn
BCA consultant City Plan
Civil engineer Mott MacDonald
Electrical, lift, hydraulic and fire engineer WSP Group
Environmental engineer WSP Group
Facade engineer Surface Design, Meinhardt Facade Technology
Heritage consultant Urbis
Landscape architect Turf Design, Jeppe Aagaard Andersen
Lighting consultant Webb Australia Group
Mechanical engineer WSP Group
Model maker Modelcraft
Perspective artist Tzannes, Ivolve Studios
Planner JBA Urban Planning
Quantity surveyor Altus Page Kirkland
Structural engineer Robert Bird Group, Meinhardt Group
Surveyor Degotardi Smith & Partners
Traffic consultant Masson Wilson Twiney
Waste management consultant Arup
Wind engineer Cermak Peterka Petersen
- Site Details
- Project Details
Public / cultural
Type Adaptive re-use, Heritage