Webber Architects is a Newcastle based firm with over fifteen years experience in architecture, urban design and interior design. We are currently working on commercial and residential projects in Newcastle, the Central Coast and regional NSW. We believe that a building’s worth isn’t measured by a single group of people. We believe that it is collective experiences that give a building life and this underpins our commitment to quality urban design. We seamlessly merge architecture, urban design, interior design and master planning to create inspiring spaces that: capture our client’s vision, service the needs of the building inhabitants & become a positive influence on a wider community.
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The client’s brief for this beach-front residence was clear: they wanted views maximised, bold architecture, impressive entertaining spaces and adequate room for a young family to grow into. The concept for the residence comprises two main forms: a subtle, sweeping curved form supported within a more rigid L-shaped masonry element. The broad curve has been planned to re-orientate the building to enhance views and protect it from the coastal environment. Spanning the northern facade, the curve creates a dramatic presence while functionally containing the living spaces, plunge pool terrace and master bedroom. All benefit from the ample natural light and breezes. The dining, kitchen and living areas face east and open onto a large deck to create a spectacular venue for entertaining. The black and white colour theme of the facade is continued internally, and a three storey bespoke spiral staircase provides an additional element of luxury while linking the three levels of the residence. The middle level consists of children’s bedrooms, play area and a formal living area/theatre while the lower level includes a four car garage and guest quarters. Almost every part of this residence enjoys ocean views, providing a constant coastal narrative to the clients’ daily lives.
St James’ Primary School
St. James Muswellbrook approached Webber Architects with a clear brief: to provide adaptable spaces and a defined entrance to the general public. The spaces included master planning of a new hall, conversion of an existing hall into offices, library refurbishment, bathroom facilities and various disabled access ramping. Webber Architects were involved from inception to completion and were able to provide architectural services without a separate project manager. This included brief preparation and liaison throughout the project with both school and local community representatives. Webber architect was successful in fulfilling client’s requirement, without exceeding the proposed budget. The final result is a quality space that is not only aesthetically pleasing but highly functional. The spaces have the flexibility to readapt and satisfy the needs of the inhabitants. The identifiable and inviting entrance of the new hall assists in establishing its presence on the Skellator Stock Route. This project has received an overwhelmingly positive response from the school and community.
Ourimbah Library Extension
Newcastle University’s Ourimbah Campus boasts notable examples of the Central Coast’s civic architecture, including the campus library, completed in 1996. However, subsequent development had diminished the library’s identification as the campus heart, while changing technology demanded more flexible learning areas. This project therefore involved defining a new entrance for the library, and the design of group learning spaces, IT hub and social areas within. The Library’s importance was reinstated via an entrance extension which introduces a double-height glazed space, allowing natural light to flood the building and creating an increased sense of scale and presence. It provides a vibrant transitional zone between the quadrangle and the original library. Care was taken to show respect for the earlier building, but nonetheless give the extension a subtle independence, via considered detailing. The use of timber as an external screening element references the site’s original use as a lumberyard, and protects the IT Hub from heat and glare while maintaining views beyond. Landscaping elements were introduced to help activate the edges of the quadrangle. New pathways have been created and existing pathways widened to create shared zones for circulation and recreation, as well as enhance the sense of arrival to this popular building.