Peddle Thorp Architects and Sustainable Built Environments received a commendation for their finalist listed entry in the Proposition 2065 design competition. The competition invited all architects and anonymous participants to develop solutions for a specific Australian site in St. Leonard’s in Sydney adjacent to the train station and a major road intersection. The entries were judged according to the balance of the design potential of the site and economic feasibility of commercial development.
More information and images on the entry after the break.
The architects were commended by the jury panel for activating the surrounding site through the diverse use of programs in the proposal. Residential, commercial, retail and community zones engaged the site throughout the day and created a circulation hub at its center that fed both the proposed design and the neighboring spaces. Provisions for the development of commercial spaces also allowed for the consolidation of existing healthcare, educational and graphic design uses in the vicinity.
The site is located in close proximity to already established public transport networks. The residential building proposed makes use of this amenity and adds pedestrian walkways and bicycle paths to allow a fluidity of movement between the site and the neighborhood’s infrastructure, further weaving it into the existing fabric. The building is designed to relieve the ground and is offset from surrounding buildings to provide dynamic edges to generate interaction within the neighborhood and with the proposed structure.
The site was chosen by the competition organizers with the concept of minimizing the impact of the proposed development. The site has been transformed into a dynamic ESD platform which facilitates the sustainable operation of the development. The aim is to create an exemplar energy-efficient development. The approach is to firstly reduce energy demand by employing a climate responsive design strategy, then install energy efficient technology and finally, supply demand with renewable energy generated on site topped up by energy from low carbon sources. The development aims to balance the water cycle, in terms of the supply and discharge of the water to and from the site. Use of low environmental impact materials, the provision of space for the storage of recyclable waste and the collection of organic waste for use as compost for the community gardens were also among the provisions taken to ensure a sustainable environment.
Architects: Peddle Thorp Architects Melbourne + Sustainable Built Environments Location: St Leonards, Sydney city, Australia Project: Architectural competition Status: Commendation Services: Architectural Design Client: Willoughby City Council, Altomonte Holdings Total Built Area: 29 000 m2 Program: Mixed-use (Commercial, Retail, Community & Residential) Architectural Design: Antoine Damery ESD Strategy: Danielle McCartney, Pratik Shah, Imm Chew, Ben Lornie Visualization: Charley Lee & Antoine Damery