29-31 Dunning Ave
Completed April 2019
This project is a new six storey residential flat building containing 26 apartments. Responding to the site geometry and aspect, the proposal consists of a long, north oriented building form set back from Cressy Street with a strong corner address, and a lower scale return along Dunning Avenue in response to the emerging streetscape character of that street.
The primary street façades are characterised by a strong masonry grid reflecting the forms of the apartments within, layered with screened glazing, and a combination of metal, solid and glazed balustrades. A two storey datum above street level is defined by a shift in the materiality and setback of the building over, referencing the scale of the existing street wall building opposite, and connecting with the emerging street wall character nearby. The Dunning Avenue façade consists of elements familal to Cressy Street, but with side and street setbacks responding to the form and amenity of the neighbouring building.
On the North Western corner of the site, a prominent curved element emphasised by vertical screening and a raised parapet level provides a strong address statement, completing the composition.
At street level, the balance between activity and privacy is achieved through the location of apartment entry courytards and common lobbies addressing the street, with carparking behind located under an elevated podium courtyard. This parking area, and the single basement carpark below, are both accessed from Dunning Avenue.
Common entries are marked by a masonry screened glazed façade both on the street and on the courtyard facades, which are further characterised by familial spandrel and glazed elements. The courtyard facades also employ strong contrasting yet complimentary colours, privacy and screening devices, integrated landscape elements and blurred internal / external boundaries to present an engaging and visually interesting building.
The proposal provides the primary active private and public external spaces as part of the elevated communal courtyard located over the car-park. This area combines a mixture of hard and soft podium landscaping, and includes the deep soil planting area for the site. The courtyard has been designed to provide equitable access that will promote social interaction whilst being respectful to current and future residents, and promotes a green screen to the neighbouring property courtyard. This arrangement promotes improved amenity for the external spaces, and allows both deep soil planted (passive) and paved (active) access.
Stage 1 construction complete 2015
BMA was first introduced to this project during the early stages of design development.
Since then we have undertaken construction documentation for Stage 1, Section 96 redesign work, and have begun concept design work on the next project stage, which includes approximately 220—250 apartments.
The project is part of the rapidly evolving medium-density housing precinct being delivered around transport nodes in Sydney.
This site has a prominent corner address, located on Cressy St and Mentmore Ave. A three-storey heritage listed stone building is located to the North of the site along Mentmore Avenue, and a single-storey heritage listed rendered masonry industrial building is located on the other boundary. Despite the presence of these heritage items, this area is undergoing rapid redevelopment into mid-scale, multi-unit residential flat buildings.
Two discreet buildings are set over a double-storey face brick masonry base, containing eleven terrace houses, and entry lobbies for apartments over. This masonry facade forms a strong base building, making reference to the solidity of the adjacent heritage buildings, but also employs finely detailed masonry screening and corner elements articulating the street wall at eye level. The terrace houses open onto an elevated central podium courtyard over located car parking and service areas, providing generous deep soil planting, communal recreation facilities and private courtyard spaces.
Above the brick datum sits a pair of four storey concrete framed and glazed buildings containing predominantly single-storey apartments, with some top-storey apartments connected internally to private roof terraces and mezzanine loft bedroom spaces. Articulated from the masonry base below by a deep shadow line, the expression of these building elements includes a crisp orthogonal frame with subtle shifts in the geometry, providing movement and variation to shadows cast throughout the day.
These long slim building forms promote a high standard of residential amenity and privacy through daylight access, cross ventilation and orientation, but also focus the outlook from living spaces onto the generous communal podium courtyard within.
28 apartments & terraces
The triangular site for this project has a primary address to Mitchell Road, and is surrounded by traditional terrace houses and low-rise residential development.
Our client's brief is for larger format, high-quality family accommodation. The project has been designed as a hybrid complex of 12 traditional terrace forms at street level and apartments that continue the dominant street wall pattern and scale, with one level of apartments above which are set back from the street façade.
Terraces address both Mitchell Road and the lane way, with a central, communal courtyard over deep soil-landscaped area in the centre of the site. The alignment, scale and proportion of proposed buildings are carefully integrated with the existing corner building, which has been internally redesigned as two apartments, and also marks a pedestrian entry point to the site.
A zero alignment is proposed for the street elevations to match the existing condition, although the street wall is not solid but has been designed as a filigree element that provides at once privacy and security for the residents whilst allowing for their activation and engagement with the street. This screen wall comprises terracotta, steel and hardwood timber elements framed by concrete party blade walls. The level 2 units have been proposed as large 3 bedroom penthouse apartments setback from the street, generous with roof terraces and landscaped areas.
1—3 Haran St
New residential building
DA assessment underway
This site is located within the Mascot Station precinct, with a prominent corner address to both O'Riordan St and Haran St. Immediate neighbours consist of a thirteen-storey building to the North which seriously compromises the outlook and solar access potential of the subject site, and a nine-storey building on the neighbouring site to the west. The site has a strip of vegetation along both street frontages established with the existing industrial development on the site.
The presence of six-storey buildings forming a consistent and well defined street edge to O'Riordan St has been taken as a primary cue for the design, with the lower part of the proposed building set at a six-storey datum, wrapping around both frontages of the site and enclosing a communal courtyard space at ground level.
Above this datum, a tower element sits above a waisted floor on a twisted axis, articulating the two primary elements of the design, promoting outlooks past the neighbouring building to the north, and presenting a strong address to the street corner. The tower is set back from the street wall in both directions to promote better solar access to the apartments, but also to improve separation between the subject building and the neighbouring buildings in all directions to acceptable distances. The proportion of the tower is accentuated by employing predominantly vertical elements, while privacy and shading are provided by targeted use of screen elements and punched openings in solid façades.
As the design evolved, the orientation and arrangement of the residential spaces was sculpted and finely tuned to maximise solar access, cross ventilation and outlook amenity to the living areas of these apartments.
In 2014, BMA were engaged to provide design modification services to an existing development application on this site. The scheme was conceived as a row of terrace houses addressing a pedestrian link between streets and a low rise apartment building with high quality large format apartments addressing the street. We worked within the existing DA envelope to amend and refine the apartment and townhouse configurations internally, and to redesign the external expression of all buildings, which are now characterised by fine edge steel detailing. We were also engaged to develop interior design concepts for the apartments. BMA were not involved in the construction documentation and delivery stages of the project, but it is great to see our design work delivered with such clarity and attention to detail.
BMA were approached with a brief to refine, document and deliver the architectural design of this project consisting of 105 apartments alongside a suite of other BMA designed projects currently at planning approval stage for the same client group. www.livstyle.com.au
Using the DA stage Architect's design as a solid foundation, BMA has focused on optimising the project outcome through resolution and rationalisation of apartment planning, design and presentation of materials and finishes, refinement and resolution of external facades, coordination of the development of structural and services systems, and realisation of the external access concept.
With two buildings addressing a dual frontage to both Rothschild Avenue and Mentmore Avenue, the design of the complex is characterised by in-situ and profiled precast concrete facades, integrated vertical landscape elements and privacy screens, and private rooftop terraces.