Portico Scots Church Sydney
Residential apartments bring new life to a disused church
Portico, Scots Church involved redevelopment of a disused, heritage-listed church in Sydney’s CBD. High value residential apartments and commercial unit added to the original church structure.
148 residential apartments
125 space car stacker
Architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer
Award 2006 RAIA NSW Multiple Housing Award
The design used a system of two-level units to achieve the greatest number of apartments. The corridors and lift access are at every second level.
The City of Sydney recession plan influenced the building heights. The design ensured sunlight to Wynyard Park.
Apartments featured an enclosed winter gardens that provided:
an acoustic buffer from the vibrant CBD location
passive solar warming/cooling system
a reduction in air-conditioning requirements due to an increase in natural daylight
The apartment winter gardens reduced the cooling tower area. The area used for the addition of an extra apartment.
Sustainable building practices included:
Retention and restoration of the stratum containing the original church auditorium
Retention of materials such as the existing steel, stone and concrete structure