Sharvan Tower, Elizabeth St.
Sharvan Tower, Surry Hills
The former Sydney Information Building Centre in Surry Hills got a make-over!
Located in the CBD fringe of Sydney, the existing building, consisting of a two storey podium and seven storey tower, has a full refurbishment from the ground up in 2007. The entry foyer is to be an indoor/outdoor open walk-through cafe. A new semi-frameless crinkled glass skin thatfloats above the podium off the existing building assisting in thermal and noise insulation. This new transparent second facade will wrap around and over to the roof terrace, giving life to the streetscape and interest to the roof form. The angled glass faceted panels will capture partial reflections, localised shadows, and offer glimpses of the original building and activity within. Occupants use the new balconies as weather protected break-out meeting spaces or winter gardens. Adaptive re-use of the main buildings structural fabric and modernisation of the services including a fan assisted 'push-air' handling system went some way to 'future proof' the building. Internal fitouts included an 'Eco-Package' of low energy and/or high recycled content products and materials.