An adaptive reuse of a century-old brewery at Sydney’s Central Park precinct has won the coveted Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage at the 2015 National Architecture Awards.

Irving Street Brewery by Tzannes Associates involved the repurposing of the heritage-listed Kent Brewery into a new commercial, retail and residential building to complement the surrounding developments at the Central Park precinct.

It was also designed to accommodate a natural ga-powered trigeneration plant that will eventually provide water, energy and air treatment to all of the buildings in the Central Park. Tzannes refurbished heritage elements of the façade, repurposed the 62-metre chimney flue into an exhaust for the underground trigeneration plant and added six plant coolers covered in zinc mesh to the building’s roof.

Tzannes took home the award from the 2015 National Architecture Awards held in Brisbane on 5 November, beating orkbylizandalex, Design 5 – Architects and  Bryce Raworth & Trethowan Architecture who all received Heritage Architecture Awards for their entered projects.

View the full list of winning projects from the 2015 National Architecture Awards here.

Read the full jury citation for Irving Street Brewery by Tzannes Associates and see the other awarded projects in the Heritage Architecture category below:

Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage – Irving Street Brewery by Tzannes Associates (NSW)

Photography by John Gollings

Jury Citation: 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.


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