2018 National Architecture Awards: The Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture

75 Myrtle Street Chippendale by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects Interior Architecture: The Emil Sodersten Award Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

The early-twentieth-century glass factory at 75 Myrtle Street, Chippendale deliberately maintains a mute, gritty, urban presence at its front street and rear lane addresses. There is no hint that stepping across the threshold will reveal a refined and delightful internal reinvention of two levels of space, structure, light and occupation. The new interior is an exotic cabinet of curiosities – a carefully crafted series of volumes and display cases inserted into the original building form. New patterns of circulation allow for the full appreciation of strategically placed artworks, surrounded by a series of warm, restful and intimate workspaces. Natural light is successfully introduced into the heart of the deep site through an airy glass-roofed courtyard garden that offers outlook to internalized workspaces. The design successfully retains the industrial flavour of the factory’s past by highlighting the grain and quality of original materials such as brick, steel and large-scale rustic timbers. The new interior adds a touch of glamour, with refined detailing of bronze, steel, glass and bespoke timber furniture that sits in counterpoint to the original. Great care and attention to detail suggest that this design is the outcome of a considered, collaborative and engaging process between client and architect.


Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Project Team
Roger O’Sullivan (director), Nazia Kachwalla (design architect), Alison Osborne (interiors), Alessandro Belgiorno-Nettis (graduate of architecture)
Builder Profile Property Group
Engineer Professor Max Irvine
Landscape consultant Junglefly
Project manager Aver
Services consultant Building Services Engineers
Site Details
Location Sydney,  NSW,  Australia
Site type Urban
Project Details
Status Built
Category Public / commercial
Type Adaptive re-use
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