- The Canberra Investment Coporation
- Project Details
- Stewart Architecture were engaged by CIC Australia in 2002 to Masterplan and design this new apartment complex in Deakin, a South Canberra suburb with a rapidly declining population since its peak in the 60's and 70's. The project fits within the planning policy objective of greater priority for urban intensification within Canberra's existing urban footprint, addressing the declining population issue and contributing to the suburb's ongoing vitality. The complex was marketed primarily to an older population looking to downsize from existing single dwelling homes.
The integration of The Ambassador within the existing urban framework of the Deakin neighbourhood and shopping area formed the foundation of the masterplan. The design places four separate apartment buildings ranging in height from 5 to 7 storeys on the four corners of the site setting up the opportunity for a central landscaped area at the heart of the scheme, with direct connection to the Deakin shops. The apartments themselves are spacious, offering high quality appointments with good solar access, outlook and privacy. All apartments receive either morning or afternoon sun (in some cases both) and most are corner apartments providing cross ventilation.
The scale of the apartment blocks are broken down both vertically and horizontally with colour, structure and design articulation that is expressive of the internal planning and layout of apartments. Key to the design was the use of external materials that did not require applied finishes making for a robust, durable building, ensuring its longevity. The facade is a composition of structural and non-structural precast concrete and a framed system of glass and Alucabond. This is an efficient, cost effective construction system as well as being a robust exterior finish. Our well established working relationship with the structural engineers at AWT assisted the well coordinated, effective and efficient structural solution.
2011 - Australian Institutes of Architects ACT Chapter, Residential Architecture, Multiple Housing Commendation