Heritage Music - Bellingen

McNally house in Bellingen built 1887 by the Mc Cristal Brothers and George Moore is on the edge of the commercial and civic centre and in a conservation area. The client establish a retail business in the premises selling acoustic guitars, renting rooms for music lessons and a performance space; the brief to expand to incorporate accommodation for the proprietors and visiting performers . The type of business and the character of the building complement each other and it was in the owner’s interests to preserve the heritage aspects while imposing new forms for the additional space requirements. An expressive roof line and volumes were sought for the additions to mark its point in the continuum, while subtle difference in timber dressing and patina blended the two together. Renovation of the attic with an external access stair and 3 south facing dormer windows. A process of weighing sensitivities and satisfaction of the array and diversity of functions in what became a small scale iconic cultural centre for music in Bellingen.


heritage music - bellingen