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Allen Jack+Cottier’s design for the Sydney Convent incorporates new build and adaptive reuse, preserving heritage elements and providing live-in accommodation and private sanctuary for the convent’s Sisters.
Uniting old and new Sydney Convent’s design involves the adaptive reuse of a number of existing buildings. Additionally, AJ+C’s design incorporates thoughtful connection between an existing schoolhouse and a new structure.
A new building Adding this new building creates important residential accommodation for the convent’s Sisters, who live on site. Carefully considered, the new structure’s elements are fresh yet sympathetic. This approach maintains distinction between new and old, while also preserving the historic identity of the site.
A place of retreat To enhance privacy and space for contemplation, the design team relocated Sydney Convent’s entrance from the site’s northern. This allows the Sisters to appreciate a sunny, private outdoor courtyard in place of what used to be a carpark. Internally, an abundance of open space and natural light counters the convent’s exterior mass.
- GFA1,555 m²