2016 SJB, restoration and adaptation
2017 National Heritage Architecture Award, AIA
2017 NSW Heritage Architecture Award, AIA
2017 Adaptive Re-Use Medium Density Development Award, Urban Task Force
Built in the late 1890s and expanded in the early 1900s, the former Schute, Bell, Badgery & Lumby Wool Store in Pyrmont has been skilfully repurposed to honour its heritage values while taking it into the future.
In the building’s heyday, bales of wool were brought in through the richly embellished Harris Street main entry, or smaller docks on Pyrmont Street. They were hoisted into higher levels where massive ironbark columns mapped out a modular storage grid, determined by the dimensions of standard wool bales (1.22 metres x .76 metres x .76 metres). After the wool trade peaked, the building was sold and from 1971 lay dormant.
In 2016, it was adapted by SJB for a WeWork shared office environment. They combined a restoration with some bold architectural moves to deliver essential new infrastructure and a stunning central atrium, which channels daylight deep into the six-storey interior from sawtooth skylights above. Entry is staged through a sequence of spaces – from a double-height volume with a cafe, through a timber-lined tunnel, then into the foyer and atrium where the historic post-and-beam structures are expressed, while new glass lifts and sculptural stairs rise up through the atrium, connecting offices, meeting rooms and break-out areas.
WeWork at 100 Harris Street in Pyrmont presented a unique opportunity for WeWork’s second location in Sydney. The tour will explore how two floors of the former woolstore were converted into a shared workspace that fosters collaboration, creativity and connection. The spaces are layered with art to bring them to life, including a 15-metre-long mural by local Sydney artist Georgia Hill, experienced on entry to the main lounge as you walk through the tunnel of LED-lit mesh screens.
Balder Tol, General Manager, WeWork Australia
Balder is of Dutch origin and obtained his Masters in Management degree at the University of Sydney prior to landing a job at Airbnb Australia in 2012. As Airbnb Australia’s first employee he was able to establish a strong Airbnb presence in key cities in Oceania, making the Australian market contribute significantly to the company’s global revenue. Balder continued to follow his passion of building communities as the General Manager of Tank Stream Labs, a technology-focused co-working space located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, before joining WeWork in 2016.
Georgia Foley, Community Director, Sydney
As WeWork’s Community Director in Sydney, Georgia was a part of the team who launched WeWork in Australia. Her background in hospitality and business management provided a platform from which she curates a community, delivering meaningful member experiences for people every day.