Tanner Kibble Denton Architects

The Bushells Building - 121 Harrington Street

Client: Denwol (2017) and Savacombe / SHFA (1999)

The Bushells Building at 121 Harrington Street, The Rocks is a Sydney landmark and is a unique adaptation of a 1924 tea warehouse as a seven-story high quality commercial office tenancy. The transformed building retains a tea-tasting room and a complement of industrial artefacts including a tea chest elevator, dumb waiters, goods lifts and spiral chutes that moved tea from one level to another. The design of the new office areas embraced these manufacturing elements and a new foyer was created in one of the light wells. Three new lifts and a series of fully glazed interconnecting bridges now move office tenants rather than tea.

Photography: Terrence Chin and Tom Ferguson

Awards

UNESCO Award for conservation and adaptation
Australian Property Institute Award for Best Development, Highly Commended
Rider Hunt Award by Property Council of Australia, Highly Commended
Tanner Kibble Denton Architects
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