Multi-Residential + Commercial
The famous Dairy Farmers landmark in Newcastle West is set to be transformed into a mixed used development that pays tribute to its history.
CKDS Architecture is excited to be working with Thirdi Group to design a mixed-use development on Dairy Farmer’s Corner consisting of 180-200 units, ground floor retail and shared workspace.
Positioned at the western end of Newcastle, this unique development will feature a range of communal spaces and functions not normally seen in this locality including a swimming pool, meeting rooms and extensive recreational landscaping and urban parklands.
As the former home of the Dairy Farmer’s Co-operative Milk Company, the site was previously used for receiving, bottling and distributing milk from 1939 until 1991 and included an administration building with an enormous milk bottle made from glass blocks on the façade facing Hunter Street which became a defining feature of the site.
Design inspiration for the rhombus shaped site has come from its previous life as a milk co-op and the exterior of the administration offices has been incorporated into early design development. Despite the demolition of many of the original late 1930’s buildings, this unique feature still stands today and as a way of respecting the former complex of buildings and remaining heritage item, the stepped towers will create a transition in scale and density and embrace the remaining ‘relic’ as an integrated element.
According to CKDS Architecture Senior Associate, Joel Chamberlain, the design concept is underpinned by the creation of a quality public domain that draws inspiration from the heritage of the site and evolving skyline of Newcastle’s urban renewal.