The combination of old and new in the architecture and design world is certainly not a new concept, however there are a number of projects emerging where this combination specific to façade work, is producing some really striking and innovative outcomes.

Fairview bears witness to this emergence; having supplied Vitrabond to numerous projects which showcase an impressive contrast of contemporary and historic design.

One such project is Harbour Mill Apartments. Designed by Grimshaw Architects; the apartments have been constructed on the historically significant site of the Edwin Davey & Sons Flour Mill; one of Sydney’s longest serving flour mills. The Pyrmont based mixed-use development combines over 3,000m2 of Vitrabond for the new aspect of the project which sits within the remaining walls of the Mill; a tribute to an industry once prevalent in the area.

Another recently completed ‘old-meets-new’ project is the Richmond Icon; formerly the historic Dimmey’s building. Built in 1878, the landmark restoration and development project included the construction of one and two bedroom apartments which sit above a new Coles supermarket. Featuring Vitrabond Woodlands Grey, the 10 level oval-shaped residential spire has been incorporated seamlessly into the historic building fabric.

Similarly, the Fender Katsalidis designed ‘Jaques Richmond’ continues to rise from the original site of the Jaques Factory; another integral aspect of the fabric of Melbourne’s history. Founded in 1885, Jacques specialised in the development of rock crushers for quarries and became world leaders, operating from the Palmer street Plant. Stage 1 saw the application of Vitrabond Natural Copper and Grey Metallic to complement the red brick remnant of the factory facades, and Stage 2; currently underway, will also utilise Vitrabond for the contemporary elements of the design.

This approach allows the construction of mixed-use developments whilst preserving the architectural significance and historical importance of these sites.