JEW­ELS IN THE CROWN

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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.

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