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AIA Awards 2015 – Irving Street Brewery features in Wish Magazine

The Irving Street Brewery was established more than 180 years ago when the suburb of Chippendale was mostly slums and swamps at the southern end of Sydney. Today it is the middle of the Central Park development and the brewery is surrounded by apartment blocks, shops and offices. But what to do with this piece of history? The architects, who are also responsible for designing the masterplan for Central Park, have taken the brewery into the future by transforming it into a trigeneration plant that provides electricity as well as hot and cold water for the area. They did this by building the cooling towers into the existing roofline and cladding them in metal mesh fabric, a move the jurors called “exciting and dynamic”. “It is an outstanding example of the retention and adaptive reuse of a significant heritage building,” they said. “Tzannes Associates has provided the precinct with its first monument.”