Waratah Mills

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Within the inner-west suburb of Dulwich Hill sits Waratah Mills, the award-winning project which saw heritage listed flourmills and silos from the 1920s refurbished and converted of into 84 unique and contemporary residential apartments.

Adopting the disused flourmill into a successful example of residential renewal, the design incorporated apartments into the existing volume of the Mill’s buildings. Balconies protrude sharply from within the silo structures, creating a play of light upon the curved silo walls while the original character and purity of the silos’ cylindrical forms remain pleasingly intact.

The overall use of resilient industrial materials throughout the development is deliberate and further enhances the bold design. The robust brick skin of the mill has been retained and featured internally. Robotic in nature, the new Hopper building’s form and materials re-interpret the industrial nature of the site. The project successfully achieves a balance between resolving amenity issues and maintaining the architectural integrity of the existing built forms.

Awards

  • Winner, Best Adaptive Re-use, Urban Taskforce Award 2003
  • Winner, HIA Greensmart Awards 2003
  • Winner, Development of the Year, HIA Awards 2003
  • Winner, Resource Efficiency, HIA Housing Awards NSW 2003
  • Winner, Urban Renewal, UDIA Awards NSW 2003
  • Winner, Adaptive Re-use, Energy Aus National Trust Heritage Award 2003
  • Winner, Resource Efficiency Medium Density, Master Builders Awards NSW 2003