Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Newtown RSL Club Approved

The prominent Newtown RSL Club on Enmore Road is to be transformed into a new Student Housing/Boarding House development after being approved this week. The TOP design retains much of the existing mid-20th century neo art deco building. Whilst the existing building has some detractors, we felt that it had strong sculptural qualities. We decided that any remodelling should be true to the spirit of the structure and sought to enhance these sculptural qualities rather than diminish it. We took the destijl lines of the building and reinforced the interplay of vertical and horizontal elements to intensify the composition. We introduced a glowing translucent glass box on the corner which will become a beacon in the streetscape. The design reduces the bulk of the existing building by removing a level of plant.

The site, which has been dormant for some time, is located in the centre of the vibrant King Street precinct which is a mecca for cafes, restaurants and boutiques. Its conversion as student accommodation is well suited to this location and the inclusion of ground floor cafes and retail will re-activate the area. The design incorporates many environmental features including a large oval shaped open void space and internal garden to enhance natural ventilation and light. Internally the design will utilise robust materials and bold colours to create a light and vibrant environment.

Spotted: Bills House in Canada

We spotted this add featuring Bill's House by TOP in a Canadian magazine. Hmm..