Summer Hill Flour Mill

Once an industrious flour mill, now the centrepiece of a unique Sydney community.

Working closely with our client, we steered the project all the way from master planning through to the design of buildings and open spaces across this iconic industrial site in the city’s inner west.

Locked away for more than 100 years, the mill is now a thriving mixed-use ‘village’ with homes, shops, cafés, parks, plazas, laneways and links to new light rail – a model for urban regeneration.

By retaining and reusing many of the existing buildings – including the mill’s towering grain silos, now apartments – Summer Hill also shows that with thoughtful planning and ingenuity we can support a city’s growth without sacrificing part of its history.

Client

EG Funds Management

Location

Sydney, Australia

Status

Completed

Year

2016

Scale

2.5ha / 360 units

Design team

David Tickle, Igor Kochovski, Glenn Scott, Jason Cuffe, Anthony Papas, Celeste Chan, Susie Quinton, Matt Pullinger, Alina Minassian, Fernanda Previato,

Photographer

Guy Wilkinson

  • 11 new and adapted apartment blocks, with around 360 apartments, duplexes and terrace houses
  • Four silo towers turned into 56 contemporary apartments over 14 storeys, along with two penthouse apartments with roof terraces with panoramic views
  • Apartments designed to maximise light, airflow and views – bringing the outside in
  • Buildings have a cohesive diversity, inspired by a robust, industrial materiality
  • 2019 Winner, ‘Urban Design – Landscape Architecture Award’, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
  • 2019 Finalist, ‘Excellence in Urban Renewal / Adaptive Re-use’ and ‘Excellence in Mixed Use Development’, Urban Development Institute of Australia national awards for excellence
  • 2019 Australian Urban Design Awards, Winner, Built Projects - Local and Neighbourhood Scale
40% of site retained as open space – a network of parks, laneways and squares
30% of floor space accommodated in retained buildings
98% of apartments sold before completion

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