lowanna apartments

  • Type
  • Residential
  • Client
  • Living Developments
  • Location
  • Braddon, ACT
  • Project Details
  • Located in a quiet part of Braddon on a leafy tree lined street, the site epitomises the garden city character of Canberra, while integrating and enhancing the existing urban fabric of Braddon. The design replicates the character of these original dwellings by creating a series of similarly scaled buildings each separated by open stairways. Vistas are provided through the building between the front and rear gardens so that you are always aware of the landscape around you.

    Like the garden city itself the garden within the complex is communal to ensure enjoyment by all residents on the complex, acting as a meeting and relaxation space for social interaction. All dwellings have northern orientation with appropriate overhangs to control solar access in summer and winter. Fences and privacy screens are designed to allow solar penetration, creating a beautiful dappled light internally.

    The passive principals applied to each dwelling; including thermal mass, cross ventilation, solar orientation and control - maximises comfort for its residents while reducing costs in heating, cooling and artificial lighting.

    The combination of urban design, sustainability, and materiality; has successfully created a building that enhances its location and builds upon the character of the inner north.
2015 - The Sydney Ancher Award for Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing, Australian Institute of Architects
“Lowanna is a timely exemplar of quality low rise, medium density building that shows how urban infill can contribute to the street and community in which it sits.”                                                                              — 2015 Australian Institute of Architects Awards Jury