588 Bourke Street, Surry Hills is a modest example of an Edwardian shop that was built c. 1903. The building operated as a grocer’s store serving the largely residential area around it. Therefore, bokor architecture + interiors were accountable for retaining and enhancing the existing heritage form and contributing to the distinct Bourke Street streetscape, whilst changing the underlying use from a retail store to ‘home’.
The new addition is a modern interpretation of a two storey end terrace house- a corner site with three street faces- with a light filled courtyard which connects to a two storey studio at the rear.
The building is a clever and thoughtful piece of architecture that retains the most significant element of the existing building and adds a well composed addition that follows the traditional form of a terrace house.