In attempts to preserve the renowned demolition-threatened Sirius building in Sydney, Australian studio CplusC Architectural Workshop has proposed a conceptual scheme of providing a Tetris-like extension to the building.
The Sirius building was designed in the 1970s by architect Tao Gofers and gives it residents’ unparalleled views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge across the water. Just two residents remain from the original 79 residences of the original Sirius, one of whom has installed a huge illuminated SOS sign in her upper floor window. The New South Wales (NSW) government plans to sell off for the iconic building for redevelopment. NSW’s environment and heritage minister Mark Speakman chose to ignore the advice of heritage bodies by making the decision not to list the building last summer.
CplusC Architectural Workshop drew inspiration from the building's modular form and they aim to create a series of towers made up of staggered blocks and terraces. "Preserving the public housing of Sirius is the key to the proposal and our cities success. Economic diversity and mixed tenure living makes our communities more robust and equitable, leading to better health and engagement outcomes for all citizens. Designed to incorporate the existing building and preserve the current iconic brutalist facade, the proposal expands vertically and horizontally with one, two and three bedroom apartment pods. Immersed not only in greenery throughout all living spaces, the pods branch off the current vertical circulation cores, providing a practical link between old and new” explained the architecture studio.
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