Celebrating the distinct character of the original building's 150-year history, this refurbishment becomes an allegory of the beauty of timber and its fundamental strength as a building material. Newly introduced elements are designed to enhance the historical understanding of the building while highlighting the charm of the retained original elements.
This inner city property features precise formal geometry of crafted quality. By using the traditional Japanese yakisugi method of wood preservation, the project is mindful of both its historical significance and the sustainability of the finished extensions.
This community centre, named after infamous local activist Juanita Nielsen, is rejuvenated as a social place without sanitisation or gentrification. The 1888 heritage fabric is retained, up-cycled and celebrated, while precise ceiling geometry creates a distinctive zigzag motif, reminiscent of Juanita's famous portrait.