- Mixed Use, Multi-Residential
- Maxon Group
- Campbell, ACT
- Project Details
- The site is recognized as an important component within the suburb of Campbell, situated between an established local centre and residential neighbourhood. Implemented are several strategies to integrate a mixed-use development that are considered suitable to supplement the ongoing success of the Campbell Local Centre.
The overall massing is contained within the canopies of five mature existing trees of the surrounding street verges. The building is split into three volumes by defining a clear circulation path through the development. Each volume differentiates the dwelling typologies of: apartments with a commercial level at ground, townhouses, and ‘townhouse style’ apartments. All dwellings are designed with carefully considered courtyard, balcony, window and walkaway placements so that vistas of Mt. Ainslie, City Hill, Canberra City and other public spaces are highlighted from within, integrating the project with its surroundings.
In response to the existing urban fabric is the recognition of Blamey Place, Blamey Crescent and the pedestrian laneway as important frontages for public integration. A large portion of the ground plane is returned to the public realm via a north facing setback aligned with the existing shops. This gesture wraps the three frontages creating a series of fine grain commercial tenancies and a continuous undercover outdoor space that activates the street and augments existing circulation paths.
The development is four storeys, with the two southern buildings set back at the fourth level creating rooftop living spaces. A base of natural stonework provides a consistent podium at lower levels that visually consolidates the three buildings. Masonry brick at upper levels is utilized as a composition of texture, screening and cladding to produce a tapestry representative of the identity of the neighbourhood.
"Metal is used as an offset material to highlight important public and resident points of access an activity and is employed as a visual tool to moderate the building scale and mass."