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lahznimmo architects were awarded this commission through a competitive tender process.
Heffron Hall exists as part of a continuous public domain running from the Albert Sloss Reserve at the north to the newly restored Burton Street Tabernacle Hall at the south. However there currently exists a disconnect in this Public Domain created by Heffron Hall and level changes from Burton Street down to the reserve. Currently Heffron Hall is inward looking and does not engage its surroundings as well as it could.
Heffron Hall is an opportunity to improve the physical and visual access across this domain and to map a continuous creative terrain that embraces all activities from the theatre of the Tabernacle Hall and Burton Street to the recreation of Albert Sloss Reserve; all via Heffron Hall as the linking element.
The existing building will be stripped back to reveal the essential structure and functionally opaque items, such as toilets, the lift core, service cupboards, exit stairs and the like will be consolidated either at the west end of the building fronting Langley Street, or set in from the eastern Palmer Street end to maintain a visual permeability to the building lobby and circulation.
The existing structural frame will remain visible from Palmer Street and through the relatively transparent Community Hall spaces of both the upper and lower levels. The design provides for direct views through the building that connects the Tabernacle and Albert Sloss Reserve.
The existing three metre wide setback from Burton Street is infilled to provide a glazed ‘urban threshold’ and void linking the two levels.
Client: City of Sydney
Project Value: $5.5 Mil
Completion: Scheduled completion 2015