Maybanke

Birchgrove,Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Design ingenuity and a dose of respect for its original Gothic Revival bones deliver a blighted 1870s harbourside home in Sydney into the 21st century.

Sydney classics Two grand Birchgrove residences, Maybanke and Normanton, were built in 1870 for prominent Sydney urban planner and engineer Normal Selfe. While Normanton has survived intact, Maybanke has suffered from an unsympathetic flat extension.

Sensitive transformation The Maybanke Alterations and Additions project incorporates removal of the extension and the creation of a new element, inspired by the building’s heritage. The replacement extension, while clearly contemporary, will respond to the scale and history of the home.

Improved streetscape The character of the building’s 1870s façade on Wharf Road will be improved and restored to the scale and detail of neighbouring Normanton. A landscaped garden area and lightweight carport with suspended glass canopy will replace the existing semi-external stairs and garage. Maybanke’s form will ultimately become less dominant, opening up Harbour views from Wharf Road.

  • Date
    2017
  • Client
    Private
  • Site
    570 m²
  • GFA
    475 m²
  • FSR
    0.83
  • Awards
  • 2017
    MBA of NSW Excellence in Construction Awards
    – Housing alts and adds between $4-5M

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