Nickson 61

Nickson 61

Architect
Smart Design Studio
Location
Surry Hills, NSW, Australia | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Private Houses
Romello Pereira
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
External brickAustral Bricks
La Paloma brick
Lower carbon concreteUSG Boral
ENVISIA®
Timber framed double hung windowAirlite
Steel framed fixed and openable windowsCityscape Steel
Eaves, faschia and guttersFielders
Custom zincalume steel Lysaght

Product Spec Sheet
External brick
La Paloma brick by Austral Bricks
Lower carbon concrete
ENVISIA® by USG Boral
Timber framed double hung window
by Airlite
Steel framed fixed and openable windows
Eaves, faschia and gutters
Custom zincalume steel
by Lysaght

Nickson 61

Smart Design Studio as Architects

Located at the meeting point of commercial and residential zones in busy and vibrant Surry Hills, Nickson 61 presented an ideal opportunity for the adaptive reuse of existing building stock to provide a significant architectural contribution for the area.

photo_credit Romello Pereira
Romello Pereira

The site is located on a corner at the end of a row of terraces towards the southern end of Nickson St. It is visible from busy Cleveland St and is adjacent to both commercial and residential properties. The site contained a late-19th century terrace and a three-metre-wide vacant end lot. This lot was originally occupied by a free-standing dwelling which had been demolished to make way for an access lane.

photo_credit Romello Pereira
Romello Pereira

The traditional typology for a corner site within this conservation areas is the corner shop – a modest-scale building that reinforces the corner and provides public amenity and personality to the urban precinct. The design establishes a contemporary version of this typology, addressing the traditional angled corner boundary form and responding to the typical brickwork construction of the corner building. The bold new peeling form completes the row of the terraces and provides contrast to the existing built form that was restored to its original Victorian detail. The sculptural form is carefully considered to retain the expression of adjacent terrace envelope, while strategic slots in the façade curve out to open to the street corner and sky.

photo_credit Romello Pereira
Romello Pereira

At an urban scale, the key objective was to revitalise the residential accommodation in response to the increasing density of the area and demand for adaptive re-use of existing housing stock. Two new high-quality residential units are provided on the two upper floors. Residential entry to the building is via the front door of the existing terrace, ensuring privacy & separation from the corner commercial entry, while maintaining an active residential frontage to the street. The first-floor balcony overlooking Nickson St retains the existing terrace balcony. The upper floor level is built within the existing roof form to retain the scale of the existing street frontage and established building pattern.

photo_credit Romello Pereira
Romello Pereira

The small-scale ground floor and basement single commercial space, compatible with mixed-use of the surrounding area, provides engagement and activation to the street. The commercial entrance is located on the corner of the site, highly visible and separate from the residential entry. Along with the bold form of the new infill, this establishes a dialogue between the commercial buildings of Cleveland St. Although this area prohibits commercial development, we were able to achieve planning approval through strong arguments for street engagement and sophisticated transitions between residential and commercial

photo_credit Romello Pereira
Romello Pereira

Nickson 61 is a contemporary, bespoke contribution to Surry Hills. It offers clever reuse of existing building stock to provide boutique commercial and residential space that typifies the vibrant mixed-use character of the suburb and provides a bold formal addition to the architecture of the area.

photo_credit Romello Pereira
Romello Pereira
photo_credit Romello Pereira
Romello Pereira

Material Used :
1. External brick - Austral - La Paloma Azul 
2. Infill at existing windows and masonry buttresses - Boral - Dry pressed brick cement rendered and paint finish 
3. Concrete - Boral - Envisia lower carbon concrete 
4. Roof sheeting - Lysaght - Custom zincalume steel 
5. Roof flushing - Folded steel - To match roof sheeting 
6. Box gutter - Folded steel - To match roof sheeting 
7. Eaves, faschia and gutters - Fielders - 150mm
8. Timber framed double hung window - Airlite - Painted
9. Steel framed fixed and openable windows - Cityscape steel - Paint TBC 
10. Steel framed fixed and openable doors - Cityscape steel - Paint TBC 
11. External glass - Viridian - 1038 express glass clear 82
12. Balcony tiles - Skheme - Dark grey
13. Porch and courtyard tiles - Bluestone - Diamond sawn 

Software Used :
Bentley: Microstation

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