RENOVATION: French writer Marcel Proust once said that “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes”. So, I invite you to see two grey-field buildings on the edge of Sydney’s CBD through my eyes: the UTS Tower on Broadway and the Matavai and Turanga high-rise public housing estate towers at Waterloo Green.
Both sites have been subject to comprehensive master plans that did not offer a solution for recycling.
Such valuable, well-situated sites are prey to the pressures of development cycles. It is the norm to demolish and replace these types of buildings because they have reached their use-by date. But it is not that they are structurally inadequate, nor that they are unfit for habitation, but rather that they have reached the point in their lifecycle where they are no longer fashionable.