Sydney Museum History

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The primary use of the Sydney Mint site is for a museum presenting the history of the building focusing on its use as the Royal Mint. The proposed use of the buildings and site are as follows: the Mint Museum building, which was the primary hospital building was to remain in use as a museum although including first-hand displays and redecorations centered around further investigations of evidence. The ground floor section of the previous coining factory was to develop into a museum exhibition, which included the original coining press with the upper floor area to be used as a museum. The security area was to be used as a shop focusing largely on the gold coins for overseas tourist groups. Similar in shape and form to the existing, a new building…show more content…
The new buildings are a new architectural layer on the site, designed to emphasize the original 1850s constructions. The new building design developed from the symmetry of the original site although rather than following the centralized geometrical structures used in the 1850s, a new asymmetry was created based on the position of the northern entry to the Macquarie street Mint offices. These new structures are clearly distinguished from the older materials, yet they complement the geometric arrangements of the older, existing…show more content…
High-level louvres allowed air to pass through both the new and old spaces, which increased passive stack ventilation, controlled by the occupants through wall fans to increase the air movement. Providing an effective heating system for the voluminous spaces was also important, generated by the under floor hydronic system fed by a condensing boiler. Although, integrating these services into the historical buildings was difficult as the issue of running hydronic pipes through an existing heritage floor without demolishing it arose. Due to the ceiling height being relatively high in the historical buildings, a new screed was poured over the existing heritage floor, within which the hydronic pipework was run for the under floor heating
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