Further activation and amenity is provided for the precinct by provision of traditional and neighbourhood facing commercial space. The commercial office areas allow for a boutique work environment where creative industries can co-locate with existing cultural and heritage facilities.
As both architect and interior designer for the development, the interior concept draws from the heritage architectural language of deep reveals, material authenticity and location. Drawing materials from the project brief, the finishes are robustly luxurious with vast expanses of stone juxtaposed with soft timber parquetry.
In creating the architecture of the apartments we used the inspiration of the deep splayed reveals and sills of the heritage buildings of the Rocks. It has created a unique design language of splayed elements of ‘frames’ that capture the rituals of daily life. Occurring within the kitchen, bathroom or hall an individual joinery 'frame' is highlighted with luxurious stone or timber.
Harrington Street: the site at 85 Harrington Street The Rocks lies within one of Sydney’s most important heritage precincts.
This area of the Rocks is typified by strong north-south roadways running parallel to the natural ridge
which are interconnected by smaller ‘anttracks’ and pedestrian ways running up the hill from Circular Quay.
The site is highly prominent along both its Harrington and Gloucester Street frontages.
The new Cumberland stairs divide the envelope into two blocks, the small northern block provides a courtyard frontage of similar proportions to the heritage Bakers Terraces.