2014 – 2017
Design 5, in association with Peter Stutchbury Architecture, provided heritage and architectural services for the adaptive reuse of two buildings formerly part of the Royal South Sydney Hospital for use as community facilities.
These included the single-storey Operating Block built in 1917, and a three-storey brick Nurses Home built in 1935. Both buildings were originally designed with compartmentalised spaces including the Nurses Home, which had 35 individual private rooms. The challenge was to transform these buildings into community spaces with generous room for galleries, community hall and classrooms, while still respecting and interpreting their past uses and history. The seven arches of the original façade inspired the addition of an iconic outdoor canopy. The Operating Block has been restored and adaptively reused as a community workshop.
We consider this an exciting and successful collaboration, which has created an architectural dialogue between past and present.