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Former Perpetual Trustees building, 39 Hunter Street - Sydney | by on the water photography
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Former Perpetual Trustees building, 39 Hunter Street - Sydney

39 Hunter Street

Client Kador Group

Architects Jackson Teece

Completed 2010

Size 6500m2


Built in 1916 as the prestigious headquarters of Perpetual Trustees, 39 Hunter Street is a 7 storey sandstone commercial property. Originally conceived as an ‘H’ shaped plan with two large voids acting as light wells for the cellular working environment of the day the building has been ‘modernized’ three times during its life, with the light voids being largely filled in and the ornate coffered ceiling concealed behind a commercial tiled ceiling and a maze of mechanical and electrical services. By the early 21st century, with no provision for parking and the interior spaces rendered cramped and dark, the building required a significant upgrade to ensure its continued viability.


Kador Group commissioned Jackson Teece to lead the design conceptualisation of the project. Lead by Director Damian Barker, Jackson Teece worked closely with ARUP, Hyder, EMS and JCK project management to develop the following key design initiatives:


Reconfigure the voids to allow more light; Remove the suspended tile ceilings to reveal the heritage ceilings; Create a flexible contemporary work environment; Generate onsite power for peak load management; Miminise water use; Improve indoor air quality to boost performance and provide individual comfort; Encourage self transport with extensive bike and shower facilities; Provide a new entry experience and disabled access; Reuse as much of the building as possible to minimise waste; Incorporate low VOC emission materials to reduce toxins; Ensure energy efficiency in all services including lighting, water use and power consumption.


Today, four years after commencement, the contemporary adaptation of 39 Hunter Street stands complete, winning Australia’s first 6star Green Star Heritage Commercial rating. With its heritage presence assured and a new tenant, this ground-breaking project demonstrates the potential to revitalize heritage buildings through the application of innovative environmentally sustainable design.


Source: Jackson Teece website - Follow the link below for more pictures including an historical shot of how it used to look.

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Taken on July 11, 2012