The Recording Studio project represented the opportunity for re-purposing of existing spaces and materials within the Sydney Opera House. The real sustainable value of this project involved renewing an existing area that was no longer functioning for the Client’s needs. Scott Carver approached this in a manner that celebrated its significance while protecting the heritage value and assets of this iconic building.
During the demolition phase a series of existing timber acoustic panels (white birch plywood panelling, referred to as wobblies) were removed and reused in new rehearsal areas within the Sydney Opera House. These panels were from the original fit-out and constituted a large portion of the existing wall and ceiling surfaces and were retained due to their heritage value. This reuse of existing materials contributed to the overall sustainability of the project. Timber was a primary and significant new material introduced to the design. Brush box and other specified timbers were sourced as certified timbers under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). In addition to this, all paint, adhesive and sealants were nominated as low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) products.
Former rehearsal areas were demolished to create the new studio, while adaptive reuse practices offered a sustainable solution with respect to retention of embodied energy and materials within the existing structure. The project was required to adhere to the Sydney Opera House Sustainability Action Plan which measured performance against environmental commitments, both internally and at a government level.
Images used with permission from the Sydney Opera House Trust.
Meters Squared FSA
‘Small Project’ Architecture Award by the Australian Institute of Architects, 2015