St Margarets
St Margaret’s Hospital is part of the cultural heritage of Sydney. It is well known as the primary maternity hospital that served the community for the second half of the 20th Century. The desire was to develop the site to connect with the surrounding neighbourhood. The architectural heritage of the former public hospital and chapel have been retained and reused while three new buildings enliven the space further with playful architectural forms. The fundamental architectural proposition explored at St. Margarets is how to introduce substantial new building form into an existing urban environment, with its own patterns, history and relationships, so as to achieve a sense of place and ownership that is not foreign to the existing community. We were immediately conscious of the scale of the development and formulated an approach which we feel appropriately responds to the density of living in an inner urban environment. Our master plan had as it key goal the creation of a public place within the heart of the site that would connect to the surrounding pattern of paths, laneways and streets. The basis of the master plan was the retention of two significant heritage items, becoming the principle anchors of the project. The urban composition proposed clarifies the site links by simplifying the alignments, allowing visual connection along their length to the space in the centre, and allowing the links to remain uncovered, not passing under or through buildings. The positioning of building bulk has reduced the overshadowing of residential areas beyond the site while allowing the central space to be in full sun from 12 noon year round. The resulting micro climate will be one that encourages activity from within the buildings to spill out into the central space, offering much more that just sidewalk activity, but truly activated and occupied urban space. The final visual diversity of the buildings was an active and definite move to ensure that problems associated with large scale

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