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Can Clip-On Balconies Save a Brutalist Icon in Australia?

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Stateside Brutalism fans are mourning the loss of Paul Rudolph's Orange County Government Center, being renovated despite outcries to preserve a façade that looks like a stack of open windows on an overactive '90s PC. But a new scheme to save a concrete tower in Sydney may suggest a novel preservation concept for other Brutalist towers. The Sirius apartment building, designed by architect Tao Gofers in 1978-79 for the city's Housing Commission, eschews the stacked, Safdie-esque, right angle style found on many concrete-clad institutional buildings of that era. Owned by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, which is planning to sell what some locals label "an eyesore" in order to raise money for more public housing, the building could change hands and even face the threat of demolition. Chris Bosse, director of the firm LAVA, thinks he has a plan that can save the structure while adding a sought-after amenity in the process.

Bosse's concept would add balconies to each box-shaped apartment, providing residents with outdoor space and an even better view of the city's iconic Opera House, just across the cove. While attaching brims to each unit would be expensive, it's a much cheaper route than wholesale demolition, and the idea has even earned the support of the original architect.

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