Architecture is making a building, good architecture is making place.
Following talk of an impending interim heritage listing, 32 Waymouth Street started the design process as a cry for help. The existing built fabric was indicative of the city’s uneven development and was of a poor quality. What transpired was a total reinvention of an otherwise doomed building. Tectvs decided to actively engage with the presented heritage of the building to form a positive dialogue between old and new.
The existing structure was seen as an opportunity to communicate a new, exciting social precinct. Tectvs kept the existing built envelope and transformed a tired space into a space that rarely sleeps at all. 32 Waymouth is now a central figure in a burgeoning city precinct.
The project required the complicated rehabilitation of the old corner building and its integration with an adjoining contemporary building. In doing so, 32 Waymouth Street involved the complete gutting of the old building to leave only the perimeter facade and connecting floors with those of the adjoining building. This not only created a large first floor function space and an expansive all-weather roof top terrace, but also successfully created a new ground floor space facing the street. This new connection enabled the activation of the adjacent lane-way with a new side entrance, where an existing piece of street art could also be retained and showcased.
The project has become a mini-icon within the CBD, and well serves the local and wider community. Through street life, lane-way activation and urban art, 32 Waymouth street has become a beloved and valued fragment of the city’s remanent fabric to form part of a revitalised precinct of the city.