JEWELS IN THE CROWN
The Residences at the history-laden Yungaba House officially launched to the public on Thursday, a restoration project a decade in the making. The Residences comprise three lowrise apartment buildings – Linc, Promontory and Affinity and are selling for $1.795 million to $4.25 million.
Frasers Property Australia, Arqus Design and Hutchinson Builders all played a part in getting the building through an extensive restoration program after the property was acquired in 2003. Arqus Design director Scott Peabody said they didn’t want to impact on the architectural qualities of the original building in any way and felt they had achieved that goal.
“From the outset, Yungaba House was perceived as the jewel in the crown,” he said.
“That meant preserving the view corridor, and the heritage width of Yungaba House was paramount. Everything else almost became secondary.” Yungaba House is steeped in history, starting out as an immigration house in 1887 and later being used as a temporary refuge for destitute soldiers, an accommodation centre for workers on the Story Bridge and as a hospital in WWII.
“Each of The Residences has been designed to reflect parts of this history, and each home has its story to tell,” Mr Peabody said.
“This is not an apartment building. It is 10 residences, each with its own identity and its own front door. That takes a distinct mindset to bring together.”
The Residences are set against heritagelisted gardens on the riverfront site below the Story Bridge at Kangaroo Point.
Hutchinson Builders project manager Christopher Chainey said the project was the finest he had undertaken since relocating from the United Kingdom 17 years ago, where he restored historic buildings for more than a decade. “Rescuing this historic building from what was a derelict state and bringing it back to its former glory over a very limited time frame has been a great achievement,” he said.
Each of The Residences at historic Yungaba House, Kangaroo Point, has been designed to reflect a part of history, and has its own story to tell.