Master of Architecture - University of Newcastle

Lily Freeman

Lily Freeman

Sirius

The Sirius building is stripped of its joinery and finishes. The windows removed and the building is given over to the public. The building is no longer social housing. it belongs to no one and yet It belongs to everyone. Vines crawl over every surface and pools of greenery drape over each ledge. It appears as if the insides of the building have been carved out by a giant hand.

Lily Freeman

Wayside Sirius

Wayside Sirius is located in Sydney’s the Rocks. It inhabits part of the former social housing complex named the Sirius Building. The project asks, what type of city do we want to live in? A city for people, not profit. Wayside Sirius is a branch of the Wayside Chapel located in Kings Cross. It is non-denominational and prides itself on being a place for all, especially those living on the margins of society. Wayside Sirius, inhabits the central tower. It compiles various facilities, including a roof-top garden and public kitchen, emergency accommodation, office, canteen, public bathrooms and a chapel space: a new public room for the city.

The most striking feature of the project is the insertion a large elliptical bronze light well on the eastern facade which floods the newly formed chapel space in a golden light. It is open to the elements, and any rain that may come in, drips down onto a terrazzo and bronze inlay cast into the concrete floor. The language of bronze, terracotta and timber indicate the insertions and excisions of Wayside Sirius, which contrast with the existing rough concrete. Wayside Sirius recognises that everyone has the right to beautiful spaces.