• redleaf, woollahra council chambers, precast concrete, sandstone
  • redleaf, woollahra council chambers, landscaped gardens, vents
  • redleaf, woollahra council chambers, precast concrete, sandstone
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  • redleaf, woollahra council chambers, precast concrete, sandstone
  • redleaf, woollahra council chambers, precast concrete, sandstone

Woollahra Council Chambers

Woollahra, Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Set in extensive landscaped gardens, Redleaf, the Woollahra Council Chambers building is one of the few surviving mid-nineteenth century grand mansions that once dominated the eastern foreshore of Sydney Harbour. The Victorian Italianate style home was constructed in 1863 as the residence for William Benjamin Walker, the son of a leading colonial trader, and has been occupied by Woollahra Council since the 1960s.

Our sensitive adaptive reuse of the grand historic home to provide new office space for the Council juxtaposes contemporary elements with historical character. Rather than an arranged marriage of old and new, the design is more a union of equal partners, in which the old and the new enhance each other. The project is a good example of the innovation, lateral thinking and integration of architecture, landscape, urban and sustainable design offered by Allen Jack+Cottier.

In association with Design 5

  • Date
    2001
  • Client
    Woollahra Council
  • Cost
    A$10 million
  • GFA
    3500 m²
  • Heritage Listing
    Schedule 3 of Woollahra Council’s Local Environment Plan
  • Original
    1863
  • Original Use
    William Benjamin Walker Residence
  • Awards
  • 2002
    Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA)
    NSW Environment Award – Energy Efficient Design
  • 2002
    Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA)
    NSW Conservation & Adaptive Re-use Award
  • 2001
    Energy Australia National Trust Heritage Awards – Winner Adaptive Reuse,
    Corporate/Government (C1) (in association with Design 5)

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