The City of Sydney is doing amazing work at #GreenSquare. Recently, I got to tour around our $18mil creative, community & childcare spaces.
It's so exciting to see an entirely new creative and community space emerging from the old South Sydney Hospital site - creative spaces are one of the most accommodating ways of retaining heritage buildings and transforming them for a new age. With striking, architectural "shells" extending the building, and a lot more light and open space, this will be a long way from the nurses quarters of old, but I think it continues the life of this place as a space to serve the community, in a new way for a new century, and for the community that is growing around Green Square.
Once the Centre opens, we're going to see jewellers working at their benches in the jewellery studio, start-ups and freelancers hot-desking from the big communal desk in the sun-drenched workroom upstairs, yoga out in the open air (under those shells), and the buzz of creative activity in the studios (converted from the nurses' tiny bedrooms). I love that you'll have all this knowledge-era activity going on, while all around you'll still see signs of the history of this place, from the original floorboards to the tiles on the walls.
There will be a public tour organised soon. For more information, visit cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/vision/green-square