Distinctly modern yet influenced by classic architectural design.
While the standard approach to working with heritage buildings is to ensure what’s new is thoroughly differentiated from the original, Fabric House is taking a refreshingly different route. Subtle elements such as curved glass and the arched windows on the skyline give the building a playful and boisterous feel.
Meanwhile, a contrast between the light, creamy base compared to the more heritage-coloured brick at the top celebrates the long-standing masonry exteriors for which the city centre is renowned. Overall, the building will merge the old with the new in a seamless fashion that’s cohesive and whole.
Offering 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, many with views of Newcastle Harbour or the magnificent Gothic cathedral on The Hill.
Built with robust, durable materials, Perkins & King will reinforce the character of this coastal city. The gridded framework will give the façade its depth, while the skyline will have a playful transparency to it.
The cool, green colour of the podium fits comfortably within the warm, textured finish of the surrounding masonry heritage façades, effectively linking the two culturally significant premises on the corners of the site.
The ground floor will be dedicated to retail space, with shops that will offer the basics, others that will celebrate the city’s famous surfing lifestyle, as well as licensed cafés where you can get both your morning espresso and a quiet nightcap.
With a grand heritage façade facing onto Hunter Street, Washington House is a building with more than 100 years of history that is being rejuvenated and lovingly brought into the 21st Century.
The outdoor landscaped terrace on level three will help create a sense of community in Washington House. Deep-soil planting means trees, as well as shrubs and flowers, will flourish, while the barbecues will make the outdoor dining space the ideal place to enjoy a warm summer’s evening. Meanwhile, the hidden, elevated gardens one floor up from the street will be a magical getaway – the residents’ own private garden.