The project integrates new residential buildings with historic industrial building fabric with the aim of preserving the rich history of the site.
A new public laneway and a road provide improved site access and mid block links. Along Australia Street the sawtooth industrial facades of the 1920s Motor Car Works have been carefully restored and 26 terrace houses located within the pitched roof bays. The gable ends to the historic High Bay Building have been retained and party walls and roof rebuilt to accommodate terrace and loft apartments.
Contemporary apartment planning has been integrated with the historic fabric of the 1922 Fowler pottery warehouses and High Bay building. With over 190 residences, Gantry provides a wide range of housing types including one and two bedroom single storey apartments; two and three storey terraces and three bedroom upper level penthouses.
Bates Smart Director Guy Lake comments on the project:
'Creating a sense of place and diversity of accommodation was key to the success of this project. With demographics predicting that 30% of sydney households will be living in flats by 2030, multi residential development is the most important and fastest growing sector.
'It is without doubt the most difficult sector in which to deliver good architecture yet given its impact on people's lives it is arguably the most important.'
Bates Smart was responsible for the design of the marketing display suite resulting in the majority of the units selling out within days of release.
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