Portico Scots Church Sydney

Residential apartments bring new life to a disused church

York Street, Sydney NSW
Type of Project:
Design and Construct – Residential and Commercial
Project Value:
$120 million

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 

  • Commercial units 

  • 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