Size: 6500 sqm
Purpose: Adaptive Housing Development
Location: Blue Mountains,NSW
With unrivalled panoramic views this project overlooks one of Australia’s most iconic natural sites, The Blue Mountain escarpment. The site itself is located in a unique hilltop position high above Katoomba with an aspect that stretches seemingly forever across the World Heritage Listed wilderness.
The concept draws inspiration from this unique landscape and with the escarpment at the forefront of the design solution, it’s an echo of the rich terrane. The project is split into 3 areas including the adaptive reuse of an existing hotel building, a new apartment building and the housing mews. At the centre of the development is the once non- descript hotel which has been revitalised into landmark luxury apartments.
A large garden to the north introduces the new apartment building that offers panoramic views from all three storeys. The formal language of the building, being reminiscent of the sandstone cliff faces of the nearby escarpments, brings something of the character of the nature to the suburbs. The scheme is set back from the hotel building and adopts a neutral white grey and light brown rocky colour palette.
Nestled to the right of the development is the housing mews, a modular construction based on the firms Dalmeny prototype. The brief was to provide an adaptable housing solution that had all the considerations of an aged care facility. The designs shape & form is a contemporary nod to European hilltop villages, with master planning at the core to create strong sense of community. The open plan housing layouts maximise on the view and natural light while providing all the comforts of residential home care including accessibility and security.
On a whole the Katoomba Adaptive Housing development demonstrates bold architecture that will add to the areas sense of place and identity and establish a precedent for considered well-designed architecture in the area.