148 King Street

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This proposal was for the complete refurbishment of the existing University of Sydney Law Faculty building located adjacent to the NSW Supreme Court in Sydney’s CBD.

Designed in 1968 by architects McConnel Smith & Johnson, the original building is an example of brutalist modernism with its expressed precast concrete frame and small slot windows.

The design process required the development multiple strategies for the site. Options for commercial, retail and residential offerings were considered in detail, along with options that combined the typologies together in a mixed-use arrangement.

The new design proposal increased the window dimensions allowing natural light to penetrate deep into the floor plates. Each window is clearly expressed with a deep steel box frame of varying depths to provide an animated and distinctive facade. An additional four premium grade office floors were also provided on top of the building which benefit from sweeping views over Hyde Park.