Commercial building proposed for Sydney’s Surry Hills


SJB designed a mixed-use office and retail proposal for Surry Hills in Sydney.

Bordering Elizabeth, Cleveland, Goodlet and Perry streets, the site is located in Sydney’s booming technology corridor and presents a unique opportunity to develop a bustling commercial artery.

The design proposes to work with the existing buildings on the site, restoring the Elizabeth Street facade to its former glory and restoring the original style of the storefronts. While the traditional storefronts on Elizabeth Street will be reinstated, the existing buildings on Cleveland Street will be demolished.

Proposed designs for a commercial building on an island site in the Surrey Hills.

Image: SJB Architects

SJB proposed a durable, textured base from terrazzo and glossy heritage tiles in a ‘muted palette’, while a contemporary addition will sit behind the heritage facade incorporating precast concrete colored in a deeper green hue to retreat behind the cooler, lighter tones offered for existing elements.

The architect said he will prioritize the vertical expression of the building through a rectilinear modular design, and double-height bay windows will be used to showcase the retail tenancies on the Cleveland Street face.

SJB adopted passive design principles, optimizing the northern aspect of the site for solar energy and incorporating pleasing biophilic design elements. A green roof will feature deep planting of the ground to soften the edges of the building in its “densely urban environment” and help with thermal regulation of the building. Juliet balconies on the north side of the building will contribute to environmental control and respond to the residential quality of Goodlet Street.

The project is estimated at $70 million and is scheduled for completion in the last quarter of 2024.

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