Australia: Quest Serviced Apartments’ building in Toowoomba, Queensland, has retained the facade of a 1903 church building.
The bell tower and facade of the former Church of Christ
building have been converted into the apartment building's lobby,
with large marble-look tiles fixed to the walls, while brickwork,
windows, flooring, ceiling and architectural trims were
FKG Group development consultant Darryl Green said: "I was pleased to be working on the project because I remembered the building as an operating church and, like a lot of people in Toowoomba, I had an attachment to it. We tried to incorporate the new building into the old as I think we have an obligation where architecture is significant and unique and try to preserve it where we can. I think the perception of the way builders and developers approach these types of projects isn't always well represented."
The new six-storey development at the back of the church building feature 74 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom serviced apartments.
Quest CEO Zed Sanjana said: "Toowoomba is booming as the economic hub of the Darling Downs, with the recently opened airport increasing accessibility and the planned second range crossing will greatly improve the efficiency of freight movement," he said.