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Petition to Jane Robertson, Wollongong City Council,

Preserve Our Heritage Precinct Wollongong

We the undersigned have an interest in the future of Wollongong, particularly the built environment: This proposed building, the subject of the DA 2019/1008, is located in the highly prized heritage precinct around Wollongong Harbour/Belmore Basin, Old Court House, Market Square, St Mary’s College, and Illawarra Museum.  The proposed development, with its bulk, scale, appearance, and height of 24 meters, as you look south from Flagstaff Hill and Brighton Lawn or north from Market square, will be regarded as a blight within this highly prized heritage precinct. A height restriction of 16 metres through this recognised corridor ensures the visual amenity is in keeping with the Heritage Precinct as described by both the Council’s Development Control Plans, and the State Government’s Harbour Master Plans.   Harbour Street East is part of the Heritage Trail Walks and it is essential that its character as low-rise, tree-lined and set back from the road is maintained. Wollongong is now an international city, and tourism is a growing and valuable industry. The proposed development height of 24 metres (eight storeys for only 6 units) will detract from the enjoyment of this Heritage Precinct both for visitors, and the many residents in and near Wollongong who use and frequent these areas. The integrity of this most important and historical precinct in Wollongong must be preserved. Approval for a three-storey development, no more than 16 metres, should now be considered by Council.

Simone Hearty
508 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Woollahra Municipal Council

Save GADEN HOUSE, Neville Gruzman's modernist masterpiece in Sydney's east

Gaden House, 24-26 Bay Street Double Bay NSW is a unique modernist office building designed by Neville Gruzman and completed in 1968. It is a largely intact example of Gruzman's sophisticated output and is one of the finest surviving mid century modernist buildings in Sydney.  The building is the subject of current Development Application DA589/2017 and is under threat of being irrevocably changed and its significance erased. We, the undersigned, believe this building to be an important surviving part of Sydney's architectural history. We believe the current proposal should be refused to protect Gaden House's value as a rare example of 1960's Sydney commercial architecture. We believe an alternative approach to developing the site could preserve the building, restore its facades and interiors and enhance the building as an asset to both the owner and the community.  The advertising period ends this Wednesday January 10th. If you share our concerns about the proposal, please add your support to this petition. We also urge you to email referencing the DA number above and stating your objections to the proposed changes. You can also ask council to allow for additional time to review the proposal. Image by David Moore from Philip Goad & Neville Gruzman, Gruzman, an architect and his city, pub 2006.  Gaden House in its original form featured many purpose designed elements that represent Gruzman's architectural flair and celebrated talent for detailing. Bounded by public roads on three sides (N, E + W) each facade addresses its orientation perfectly by employing sunshading fins, vertical to the east and west and horizontal to the north. These give the building its distinctive form and complete each corner of the facade carefully, achieving a visually cohesive composition from every angle   The internal cantilevered helical stair (still intact) is beautifully detailed featuring glass treads set in concrete frames; it allows light (from the circular skylight above) deep into the interior A custom glass sculpture by Michael Kitching commissioned for the project connected the stair and entrance lobby through a combination of vertical and horizontal installations. A new sculpture by a suitable artist, purpose designed for the space, would be an appropriate requirement of any approval to alter the building.  The office ceiling system (since altered but able to be reinstated/restored), designed by Gruzman, integrated all mechanical ventilation and air distribution plus lighting within a visually cohesive array of circular apertures set within a square grid. This is an unusual and ingenious solution to services resolution in a building of this type with critical vertical set outs and concrete slab floor construction. Gruzman's significance to Sydney's and Australia's architectural history is described here by historian Philip Goad, from NG's Obituary published in Architecture Australia – July 2005 (Vol 94 No 4): In the published histories of Australian architecture, Gruzman makes only a limited appearance. Robin Boyd and J. M. Freeland don’t mention him or his work. Jennifer Taylor discusses Gruzman only as a name among what could be loosely described as a Wrightian school in Sydney, and also in terms of the career of Glenn Murcutt. This is surprising but perhaps not unusual, as these histories track “movements” rather than the individualist architects who began their practices in earnest in the 1950s – architects like James Birrell, Peter Burns, Alex Jelinek, Stuart McIntosh, and, of course, Neville Gruzman. As a consequence, these architects sit outside any current architectural canon. At the same time, Gruzman and his works are well known. His houses were consistently published in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Then there was a gap in exposure until 1983, when a commemorative exhibition devoted to Gruzman’s work was held at the RAIA NSW Chapter, and another retrospective in 1992 at the Rex Irwin Gallery in Sydney. These drew considerable and intense interest.

Rory Toomey
2,469 supporters