The Crossing is a mixed-use development located at the threshold of Newcastles civic town centre and the harbour. Located adjacent to a former rail corridor and opposite the Newcastle Museum, the site is influenced by a number of differing urban conditions.
CHROFI embraced the uniqueness of the site and its planning constraints to drive a fresh response to multi-residential development in the city. Inspired by the materiality of local brick buildings and the towering volumes of the historic Great Northern Hotel, The Crossing is conceived as a series of four brick towers composed on a podium interconnected by an external breezeway corridor. The breezeway and podium are extensively greened creating their own micro-climate. Each tower form contains two highly efficient apartments per level, both from a planning and environmental point of view. All apartments are oriented to offer distinctive outlooks either toward the civic centre or harbour. A public verandah with cafe and restaurant located at street level serves to activate Merewether Street, forming a link between the town centre and the waterfront. The Crossing brings together historic materiality with contemporary detailing and expression of form to reimagine a new model for mixed-use development in the Newcastle context.