Neeson Murcutt Architects

Juanita Nielsen Community Centre Upgrade

2017 AIA NSW Greenway Award for Heritage Architecture
2017 AIA NSW John Verge Award for Interior Architecture
2017 AIA NSW Architecture Award for Public Architecture
2017 Sydney Design Awards – Public or Institutional – Silver Winner
2017 GOV Design Awards – Mixed Use Architecture – Gold Winner
2017 AIA National Architecture Awards: Public Architecture
2017 AIA National Architecture Awards: Heritage

The Juanita Nielsen Community Centre is housed in a heritage listed former warehouse building in the inner city suburb of Woolloomooloo, in the City of Sydney. The Centre provides a range of activities and functions for a highly varied demographic. Vibrancy and safety are at the core of this project. To this end, the design re-orientates the entry, re-organises the circulation, and maximises visibility internally. The 1888 heritage fabric is retained, up-cycled and celebrated. A new pocket park in the adjoining lane will allow activities such as the After Hours School Care facility to extend outside, activating the street, and will be open to the local community during daylight hours when not in use by the Centre.