Corporation Building

Haymarket Retail and Arts

The City of Sydney Council commissioned Melocco and Moore to lead a multi-disciplinary team to undertake the refurbishment and adaptive re-use of the Corporation Building. The building is located in the Haymarket district of Sydney, directly adjacent to the Capitol Theatre. It was completed in 1885 and represents an important example of Queen Anne Commercial architecture. The Corporation Building is an early work of the notable City architect, George McCrae, whose work includes the Queen Victoria Building. The refurbishment and adaptive reuse of the Corporation Building required a sensitive and innovative approach.

Melocco and Moore’s design incorporates the refurbishment of the interior and exterior of the building. The original fabric of the façade is to be restored under the supervision of heritage consultants. Internally the ground level will house new retail outlets with contemporary shopfronts to be installed inside the heritage-listed façade. A new stair will lead to a community area on the first floor, the Asia-Australia Arts Centre, replacing the original stair lost to a fire in the 1970’s. The new community area will provide a flexible space for a range of community based activities.

The successful blend of old and new provided new life to the now bustling community and cultural centre for the Chinatown/ Haymarket precinct.


Shortlisted for the Australian Institute of Architects, NSW Chapter Awards