Monday, August 15, 2011

New lease on life

There is a new housing trend in Sydney that is playing a dual role preserving our heritage and changing the way we think about apartment living.

The idea of recycling long standing buildings and turning them into modern, beautiful apartments has seen people now start to call the old flour silos in Newtown, The Royal Women’s Hospital at Paddington and Walsh Bay wharves, home.

Reusing is a growing trend, especially in our increasingly environmentally conscious society and it makes sense. What better way to give a building a new lease on life by giving it a new purpose? It beats having it razed to the ground. This way we can maintain a piece of history and the hertiage architecture but also integrate it into modern living.

Here are few of the many examples of restored and recycled buildings that are now stunning apartments.

Caritas, Darlinghurst
This restored Georgian-style sandstone block is located at the old Caritas site in Darlinghurst. It was originally built as a halfway house in 1867 for people with mental health, alcohol or social issues. It later turned into an office and now has been transformed into six apartments. The buildings will maintain their heritage feel but with added modern conveniences.

St John's Church, Paddington
This church dating back to 1845 is soon to be given over to retail and café space. The new manse will become a large, Torrens-titled house. Traditional stonemasons have been working on the exteriors and windows to restore the building to its former glory.

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