Cleveland Rooftop wins prestigious INSIDE World Festival of Interiors award

November 2017

Cleveland Rooftop, a 3-bedroom addition to the original Demco Machinery building (now Cleveland and Co.) received the INSIDE World Festival of Interiors category award for Residential. Held annually in Berlin, INSIDE is the sister event to the World Architecture Festival and is the only global interiors festival that combines awards, live judging, and conferences. 

The award celebrates Cleveland Rooftop, in Sydney's inner-city as an example of how architecture and landscape can work harmoniously to enhance biodiversity and serve as a welcome respite from the pressures of city life. It is the second significant award win for Cleveland Rooftop, which recently won the 2017 Best Design Awards for Repurposed Spaces.

“The ambition for Cleveland Rooftop was to realise a garden that you happened to live in, rather than an apartment surrounded by greenery. This sky landscape is a retrieval from the bustling city lifestyle, and contributes to the network of inner-city green spaces,” says Adam Haddow, director of SJB Architects Sydney and principal architect for the project.

Cleveland Rooftop is an addition to the original Demco Machinery building spanning between two original rooftop elements; the goods lift enclosure and overrun (now the master bedroom and study) and the emergency escape stair (now bedroom 3). While not attempting to directly reference the aesthetic of the original building below, this new addition aims to follow its lead, delivering a raw concrete space with large expanses of glass to encourage light penetration. 

Internally, the Cleveland Rooftop apartment is organised around connections to the sky. A number of skylights punctuate the plan, delivering light to the entry lobby, bathrooms and internalised corridor. A deep cut within the living space brings the landscape into the home – helping to dissolve the interior/exterior interface. The material palette is simple, raw and not intended to be overly detailed. The use of concrete throughout, timber floors, painted plasterboard and external granite paving gives the home a relaxed feel.

In addition, the Cleveland and Co. building has been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Landscape of the Year category in collaboration with SJB, William Dangar and Black Beetle. This award will be announced Saturday 18 November. 

To read more about the project, click here

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