SubStation No. 164

SubStation No. 164

With this transformation and extension of two heritage buildings we have developed a concept of suspension, contrast and complement that challenges the established heritage adaptation paradigm; a light ‘anti-extension’ that floats respectfully above the articulated weight of heritage. Workplace, retail and cultural/events uses are woven within new and old fabric. Health and sustainability are central and integral to the design: 100% fresh air 100% green power, 90% recycling rate and a 24% reduction in embodied carbon.
In addition to 12 floors of workspace in both heritage and contemporary built forms, the development also provides landscaped outdoor terrace spaces, ground floor retail, quality end-of-trip facilities and the retained former substation’s industrial Machine Hall cultural events space with its vast 12-metre-high-ceilings, gantry, machinery and original heritage hydraulic lifts.

The project involved complex urban planning and construction works which included the full restoration, refurbishment and consolidation of the two exisiting heritage buildings, the construction of the new cantilevered curved glass extension structure requiring significant planning, engineering and innovative construction methodologies.

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