Water's Edge

Generous living

Warner's Bay
Mixed Use, Residential, Commercial

Water’s Edge is a multi-use development situated in the heart of the regional urban centre, of Warner’s Bay, Newcastle. The precinct is in a prime waterfront location connecting to and activating a lively streetscape. Selected as the NSW Government Apartment Design Guide Case Study, this project sets a benchmark for mixed-use development.

A primary objective of the project was to create a dynamic street edge that stimulates the public realm. Located on a notable corner, directly opposite the waterfront reserve and lake edge, the development maximises views. The street is activated with commercial space while providing a peaceful retreat for residents via the generously proportioned private courtyard.

To achieve a comfortable an d well framed public street the project incorporates a succession of masonry portal structures with double-height proportions, running along the Esplanade and Howard Street boundaries. The design incorporates distinct middle and upper levels to assist in the reduction of the building's scale. A spacious garden area, complete with recreational facilities, including a gym and pool space, bring the community of the building together at the centre of the site.

Water’s Edge establishes a new benchmark for the Warner's Bay town centre, supporting tourism whilst enhancing vibrancy of the public realm and lake foreshore. The buildings feature numerous residential entries, contributing to a continuous animated street edge. Landscaped planter boxes are incorporated into each entry, provide a clear and inviting marker for residents and enhance the overall street aesthetic.

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