Legion House

Legion House

Legion House was originally constructed in 1902 and operated as a women’s hostel and outreach service for 60 years. The heritage significance the building has been enhanced through restoration and careful adaptation to more accessible, equitable and sustainable composition of old and new.
Legion House incorporates three retail tenancies to the ground floor, (currently two are leased leased as one - i.e there are two tenants), and has been extended with two new office floors and a western extension providing additional office space. A new lift and stair have been located external to the building in an elegantly detailed, curved glass enclosure to minimise the heritage impact while both creating a new laneway entry to the building and visual interest. Additionally, this preserved spoor area within the existing building. The upper floor extension is set back along Castlereagh Street to mitigate the impact and maintain the dominance of the heritage facade to the street.

Legion House has set a new benchmark for heritage refurbishments and promotes the creation of sustainable city precincts, having been refurbished as a fully zero carbon building.

Consideration of the site’s rich history and by adopting a contemporary design approach to new elements and juxtaposing new design with heritage elements, Legion House achieves an authentic response to the buildings heritage values. Legion House also exemplifies how cultural significance and historic architectural features can be integrated with high-tech ESD to deliver a ‘best of both worlds’ building.

Read more

fjcstudio acknowledges all Aboriginal and Torres  Strait Islander peoples, the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work.

We recognise their continuing connection to Country and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

We extend this acknowledgement to Indigenous People globally, recognising their human rights and freedoms as articulated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.