This building on a large site in Smith Street Collingwood is due to commence construction soon. The complex will accommodate a large retail tenancy, office space and 76 apartments. The site has frontage to three streets and the differing scale and character of these streets has resulted in a building which is composed of separate and complementary parts. Our principle motivation was to avoid a sprawling and formally complex building and so the program was reduced to three discrete parts – a steel framed podium responding to the scales and rhythms of Smith Street’s heritage streetscape, a rational residential tower with a deep planted edge to the north and a light and glassy face to impressive city views and thirdly, a terra-cotta clad prismatic form with cascading gardens and openings abstracted to reinforce overall compositional unity and eliminate the legibility of individual apartments. In conjunction with the complexities of delivering a complex mixed use building which deals with the constraints of planning and heritage we have been careful to incorporate high levels of interior amenity to the dwellings – bringing to bear our experience and aptitude in making high quality domestic space.
Planning Permit approved January 2013
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