Present development across the Hunter River lacks the vibrancy and culture for the public realm to enjoy, as well as the density and diversity required for people appreciate Newcastle City’s Hunter River. This project transforms a highly privatized residential apartment into a mixed-use development building with various features, such as multi-purposed different sized shop units and offices adjacent to the Newcastle Harbor Walk.
Various ideas run throughout the design of the project. Such as reusing greywater from apartment units that flow into grow beds attached to the façade that cascade downwards through the use of bell siphons, apartment units outfitted with folding furniture to maximize efficiency of space for urban density and inspiration drawn from New Urbanist principles and diagrammatic programming of spaces from Southeast Asian traditional shop houses.
I believe, through innovation and creation of mixed-used buildings will result in vibrant, sustainable, healthier cities for the future.