This project started as a colour consult on the building interior. Though, perhaps I should back up a bit further to the original submission of drafting up the plans to submit to council for installation of new windows. This was when the building was flagged as being located in a heritage area, which triggered the requirement of a heritage architect to submit windows that would be acceptable to the council.
Once the new windows were installed, it highlighted how tired the building was. Originally, I started off with the interior colour consulting, which soon extended to the exterior colour consulting and landscaping. Scope of works includes all paint colours, carpet, lighting plan, fencing, paving and planting.
With the original development permit application in to council, it was revealed that Hans Peter Oser was the architect on the building, post war. The original slab had been poured, but then World War II happened, and the building was put off until after the war. The orignal plans were scrathed for new, modern plans built on the original building footprint. When commencing this project, I first visited the Caroline Simpson Library at The Mint to learn more information on Oser. He was an Austrian who escaped Vienna to Australia in 1939, and became wartime position as chief architect of the NSW Housing Commission. At the end of the war, Oser formed his own practice through the 40s and 50s. From '56, he partnered with Jean Fombertaux to form Oser Fombertaux and Associates until his early death in 1967. His works were regularly featured in professional journals and popular publications. With this knowledge, it was important to me to respect the design, and where I could, to incorporate and highlight modernist elements.
The original building colour had to remain, so gave it a refresh with Dulux Caps and hightlighted with Colorbond Monument. Internally, I specified Dulux Lexicon 1/4 strength for the walls, Colorbond Basalt for the doors and Dulux Black Caviar for the balustrades.
This project is still a work in progres; most of the external and internal painting has been completed. There are some internal issues to be resolved, but we are close to installing the furniture. Externally, the lighting and landscaping needs to be completed. Much closer to the finish line now that a couple of weeks ago!
Oser was featured in an exhibit of The Moderns at the Museum of Sydney; more info can be found on my blog post here.
The emigree architects are also the subject of the book, The Other Moderns; Sydney's Forgotten European Design Legacy by Rebecca Hawcroft.