A mixed-use project providing 80 dwellings above a supermarket, podium level offices and 3 levels of basement car parking, currently under construction on Smith Street in Collingwood. Kennedy Nolan worked with a large consultant team including service engineers, structural engineers and environmental consultants to achieve a large-scale sustainable apartment building in the Smith Street heritage precinct.
The proposal in three components includes a low two-storey podium base along the Smith and Hotham Street frontages, a mid-rise tower element of eight storeys with setbacks from the street frontages and side boundaries and a sculptural tiled form with a raked frontage to Emma Street. The two-storey podium along Smith and Hotham Streets adopts a vertical rhythm responding to the division of shop fronts evident along Smith Street.
The insertion of a contemporary form in this Heritage Overlay precinct is considered appropriate for the site where there is a significant urban renewal opportunity. The architectural language incorporates ‘robust’ materials and finishes with a restrained colour palette. Articulation and modulation through the building form and its composition ensures a positive contribution to the visual identity of the area.