40 Year Old Building Given Heritage Listing

13/11/2014 5:00 am

1974 built 40 year old Calidad building located  at 163 Brougham Street, Woolloomooloo has been selected by City of Sydney for heritage significance. The building was designed by an award winning NSW- born architect Ian McKay. He is also known widely for the architectural movement 'Sydney School'. The building is an intact example of sustainable architecture . The building uses uses local natural building materials to create bold geometric forms and excellent natural lighting and ventilation.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said, the Calidad to be an exceptional example of early sustainable architecture in Sydney. It is also one of the few examples of Sydney School architecture which can still be found in the centre of Sydney. The architecture produced by Ian McKay is uniquely adapted to the dramatic rock formations and vegetation of the NSW landscape. The heritage listing of the Calidad building includes interior and exterior features as well as the outside courtyard which the building shares with the other listed buildings on the site.

The period of Sydney School is considered from 1957 to the late 1970's. The Sydney School is a loose term that groups a number of Australian architects who were reacting against international modernism and whose designs were strongly influenced by the natural environment of the sites they were working on.

There are other heritage listings form the City of Sydney as well such as St John’s Village is a retirement home at 75 St Johns Road, Glebe, which won the 1964 Sulman Medal for architects Hely Bell and Horne. The Federation warehouse building at 119-127 Kippax Street, Surry Hills, was once owned by luggage manufacturer Ford Sherington, which made the famous school cases for more than 50 years. Its local heritage listing helps preserve part of Sydney’s once booming manufacturing past. Also, the Calidad is part of a larger site on Brougham Street. with other buildings such as pair of Victorian terraces and the remains of Telford Lodge, a colonial-era villa are also heritage listed.