Old hospital building reinvented as award-winning creative hub

Joynton Avenue Creative Centre is the centrepiece of Green Square’s new community and cultural precinct

Soaring timber-clad curved ceilings and elegant glass box gutters function as waterfalls. Brass, wood and glass mix with original brickwork. Our latest heritage conversion is not your average arts centre.

Take a look at the new Joynton Avenue Creative Centre in the video below.

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Designed by renowned Sydney firm Peter Stutchbury Architecture, the new arts centre is the centrepiece of Green Square’s new community and cultural precinct.

Joynton Avenue Creative Centre.

The old Royal South Sydney Hospital site has just scooped a number of awards including the Australian Institute of Architect’s inaugural NSW Architecture Medallion.

The outdoor terrace is designed for yoga or tai chi classes, markets, drawing workshops and events.

It’s the stunning timber-lined archways that first catch your eye, extending the building’s original internal arches to create an outdoor terrace and striking façade. This open space has been designed to accommodate community activities like yoga classes, markets and picnics. It will be a protected area for outdoor drawing and other creative workshops.

A refurbishment and conversion restored the 1936 heritage building. Brickwork and timbers were restored, arched rooves redefined and a mix of brass, copper and glass integrated.

The scent of orange oil rubbed into the brickwork as a dust barrier wafts and creates a calming aroma to the space. Reminders of the building’s original use are in design details like the pattern of blood cells that adorn perforated copper panels shading the western façade. Or in the reflection plane water feature, engraved with the original sand dune and wetlands landscape. Even the brass typography and signage has literal inspiration from medical lab equipment like bottle measurement lines.

The building's former use as a hospital has inspired many design elements.

Since opening in May 2018, the 1936 heritage site has welcomed a growing creative resident community to its artist studios, jewellery-making workshop, gallery, and co-working spaces. 107 Projects manages the facility, bringing an architect, placemakers, jeweller, filmmaker and arts and music organisations together.

The facility is now home to an artist-run gallery, a jewellery workshop, an outdoor terrace plus a range of co-working spaces for creative tenants.

The wider precinct features a childcare centre by Fox Johnston Architects, a community shed, park, and interactive public artwork While I Live I Will Grow by Maria Fernanda Cardoso.

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