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Architecture: Parkway Avenue House

July 18, 2011

A heritage-listed Art Deco home in Newcastle is transformed with a contemporary yet sensitive interior, designed by liquidARCHITECTURE.

Parkway Avenue House is a 1930s heritage-listed house in a conservation area of Newcastle. While the original house was relatively modest, a number of alterations and additions over its lifetime saw it become a sprawling and disconnected four-bedroom, four-bathroom dwelling. The clients approached Liquid Architecture wanting to reconfigure the house, while re-establishing the original elegance of its art deco era.

As the exterior of the house was protected by heritage restrictions, council enforced that the street elevation was not to be altered. As such, the works were limited to the reworking of interior spaces. The reconfiguration created a five-bedroom, three bathroom, four-car garage house with multiple living areas and a kitchen that takes a central position within the plan.

A refurbishment of the original curved stair and a consideration of colour, texture and style means that the new and modern interior works aren’t detached from the building’s original, yet refreshed, exterior.

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