LAVA architect Sirius about saving Sydney’s brutalist landmark

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LAVA architect Sirius about saving Sydney’s brutalist landmark

LAVA architect Sirius about saving Sydney’s brutalist landmark

Some have called it a “brutalist eyesore” and for its demolition, others an essential part of Sydney’s architectural history and for its State Heritage listing. But there is one plan on the table to save Tao Gofers’ Sirius apartment building at The Rocks in Sydney that could appease both sentiments.

Chris Bosse, director of LAVA has released concept drawings for the renovation of 79 apartment block building that would freeze the building’s brutalist form all the while facilitating a much needed amenity upgrade.

Sirius was first designed by Gofers for the Housing Commission in 1978-79 and resulted from the People’s Plan for the Rocks, after the green bans saved the area from demolition and redevelopment.

The building is owned by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority who, together with the Family and Community Services, wishes to sell the building, along with several other Millers Point public housing properties, in a bid to raise funds for more social housing.

And while the Heritage Council is mounting a bid to have the off-form concrete apartments listed by the State Heritage Register, Bosse has released a design concept that adds a third option to the debate. []

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