Cleveland & Co in Redfern is comprised of two heritage listed buildings. One is the New York and Brooklyn Tobacco Company, built in 1889. A well-preserved example of Victorian industrial architecture, it features cast iron columns, original timber beams, joists and floorboards - even the original kilns that were used to dry the tobacco. The second building is the Demco Machinery Company Ltd factory, built in 1937. Its large open floor plans, four metre ceilings and massive steel framed windows are typical of Bauhaus architecture of the time.
The principal significance of these two historic buildings lies in the unusual partnering of architectural styles from two different periods, and the repurposing of these structures into 39 apartments, a rooftop garden and 1,100 sqm of retail, food and beverage establishments is a prime driver in the urban renewal of this inner city neighbourhood.
SJB architects have respectfully revived the original structures, reinforcing the key elements of each building and reworking them into a coherent whole. Interior architects BKH have ensured that Cleveland & Co's unique historical character infuses every residence.
A contemporary interpretation of the industrial chic movement that swept New York in the 1980s, Cleveland & Co preserves all that was authentic and functional of the original building - stoic concrete columns, steel window grids and off form concrete ceilings - enhancing them with contemporary interventions. Industrial engineered oak flooring, restored window frames with new glazing systems, highly figured Carrara marble, high gloss enamels and exotic etched shower screens - the quality of joinery and finishing is impeccable. Original floor plans have been retained, the different apartment configurations revealing unique charms, while the calibre of original and new elements create a totally bespoke experience.
Completion due Autumn 2016
Winner, Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA), Marketing Award for Excellence 2015