Substation no 175

Stead, Naomi (2005) Substation no 175. Architectural Review Australia, 93: 114-117.

Author Stead, Naomi
Title Substation no 175
Journal name Architectural Review Australia
ISSN 1323-367X
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
Open Access Status
Issue 93
Start page 114
End page 117
Total pages 4
Place of publication South Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Niche Media
Language eng
Subject 1201 Architecture
Formatted abstract
No site too small, [building review]

It sounds like exactly the kind of design project you might set students in a school of architecture: design a six-storey mixed-use residential building, on a footprint of 4.8 by 9 metres, within and above the shell of an existing substation, and at the head of an inner-urban pocket park. Requiring a virtuoso performance in tight apartment planning and intricate stair layout, as well as opening larger questions about urban density and the intense use of city land, it would be a challenging project indeed. So it is perhaps appropriate that Philip Thalis, of Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects, who worked with Laura Harding on Substation number 175, is also a half-time academic in architecture at UTS. (Therefore also, incidentally, a colleague of mine, which I note in the interest of disclosure.) With its quietly polemical character, this small tall building can also be read as a ‘lesson’ in urban consolidation, calling on precedents in Japan and other very dense urban environments, but quite unlike other buildings in Sydney...

Substation No 175, a small building which was converted to an apartment building located in Surry Hills, Sydney by Hills Thalis is discussed.
Keyword Architecture
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