Newcastle Showcase | NSW Architecture Awards 2020

Images 📷 (L-R): Verve Residences Brett Boardman and The Signal Box Restaurant Alex McIntyre

Showcasing winning projects in Newcastle, hear from the architects of Verve Residences by CKDS Architecture with Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects and The Signal Box Restaurant by Derive Design.

The featured projects exemplify the potential for architecture to positively impact our community, in particular the significant changes occurring in Newcastle and the Central Coast regions.

Hosted by Sam Crawford, jury chair Newcastle Architecture Awards 2020, this session showcases the following outstanding winning projects:

  • Verve Residences, CKDS Architecture with Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects | Aaron Bolot Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing and Blacket Prize
  • The Signal Box Restaurant, Derive Design | Greenway Award for Heritage

About the projects

Verve Residences – Consisting of a pair small-footprint towers and a linear podium fronting King Street, the Verve Residences bring a distinguished presence to Newcastle’s streetscape and skyline. Verve creates a major new urban frontage to King Street, one of Newcastle’s major boulevards. Along the site’s north-east boundary to Cottage Creek, an important new public connection is created, linking northward to the harbourfront and southward to National Park. The project accommodates 208 apartments, with a mix of retail and commercial spaces addressing the street and new canal frontage. The careful site planning creates generous public and communal landscape spaces. The small footprint of the towers, extensive podium landscaping, splayed balconies and articulation of the base means that many apartments enjoy corner positions, with extended sunshine, natural ventilation and extensive views. Verve sets a new standard of urban architecture in Newcastle, an exemplar combining public benefits, activation and leading residential design.

The Signal Box Restaurant – The new building works were deliberately modestly scaled, light and detailed structure to serve as a counterpoint to the State Heritage Listed “O” Type Signal Box rail control building – Masonry, Concrete and Steel Typologies from the UK. The design of a light filigree exposed structure, free spanning suspended platform of steel, concrete and glass provides a transparent form to create a strong connection with the surrounding walkways and gardens as well as sightlines to the Signal Box that make up the significant transformation of the former railway and its associated workings.

During this virtual event you will also hear the latest Institute and industry updates from NSW’s State Manager Kate Concannon and/or Chapter President Kathlyn Loseby.