South Eveleigh Locomotive Workshop

South Eveleigh Locomotive Workshop

Architecte
Buchan
Lieu
Sydney NSW, Australia | View Map
Année du projet
2022
Catégorie
Centres commerciaux

Musées
Brett Boardman

South Eveleigh Locomotive Workshop

Buchan en tant que Architectes.

Compelling, clever and contemporary: Buchan powerfully preserves Sydney’s locomotive history

Sydney’s heritage-listed South Eveleigh Locomotive Workshop has been transformed from an Industrial-era building into a captivating multi-use commercial and community precinct that honours the site’s rich history. The revitalisation includes large public and exhibition spaces, a specialty grocer, eateries, gym and education facilities, and the original blacksmith forge, in full working order. 

photo_credit Brett Boardman
Brett Boardman

The inner-Sydney Workshop holds exceptional heritage significance for New South Wales. The Workshop opened in 1887 for the maintenance, and later manufacturing, of steam locomotives. As such, it required a highly sensitive approach to its adaptive re-use.

photo_credit Brett Boardman
Brett Boardman

Buchan was engaged by Mirvac as the principal design consultant for the building’s interiors, wayfinding, signage and heritage interpretation. Buchan’s team closely liaised with architects Sissons and heritage specialists Curio Projects to ensure the integrity of the building’s heritage features.

photo_credit Brett Boardman
Brett Boardman

Buchan’s design radically exposes and celebrates the Workshop’s original elements, in preference to hiding the building’s raw materials behind modern plasterboard walls or glass decals. Heavy timber beams are respectfully transformed into beautiful seating, display furniture and signage. Even the original dirt floors have been cleverly used in wall setbacks. The interior design is ‘brought to life’ by integrated 3D projections, graphics and displays to create a multi-sensory visitor experience.

photo_credit Brett Boardman
Brett Boardman

Celebrating antiquity and sparking curiosity

Buchan's interior and brand experience team went to extraordinary lengths to create a sense of immersion in the past. The inclusion of little moments of delight ⎯ projections of silhouette ghosts, curiosity cabinets containing original artefacts, replays of original sounds and voices — combine to make this a truly distinctive centre. 

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Brett Boardman

A new travelator has been deftly designed to take visitors on a storytelling journey. Moving through the travelator tunnel, visitors encounter ever-changing projections of the site’s vivid past, including First Nations’ stories of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation.

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Brett Boardman

The design uses the building as a canvas to showcase the living history of the place. Even massive, intact machinery like the giant, in situ, Davy pressure pump (the largest in the Southern Hemisphere) has been employed to create the experience of working in the original building. 

photo_credit Brett Boardman
Brett Boardman

The Locomotive Workshop is nearing completion with a majority of the site operational and a full opening in 2022, set to provide an unparalleled experience for the local community and visitors alike.

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Brett Boardman

About the South Eveleigh Locomotive Workshop
 The Locomotive Workshop opened in 1887 for the maintenance of steam locomotives and in 1908 began manufacturing steam locomotives. It not only contributed to the establishment and growth of the Australian railway network, but also became one of the largest employers in Australia. In addition to its social and cultural value, the building is a rare remaining example of a large-scale nineteenth-century railway workshop, and its vast collection of machinery and tools has been preserved. While an adaptive reuse of some of the bays was undertaken in the 1990s (the site was formerly known as Australian Technology Park), two blacksmithing bays remained mostly intact and in continual operation.

Team:

Architects: Buchan

Architecture, Interior Design and Heritage Interpretation:

Anthony Palamara, Michael Curtis, Amanda Baumann, Solvene Bisceglia, Karina

Ellis, Maha Mustafa, Mathew Dalby, Bonnie Zhou, Coco Reynolds, Duncan Teevan

Jake Chung, Michael Morony, Sajani Wanniarachchi 
Brand Experience, Wayfinding, Graphics/ Signage and Heritage interpretation:

Anthony Rawson, Patrick Shirley, Rafe Delaney, Gary Edmonds

Photographers: Brett Boardman

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