Status: Planning Approval Granted 2012
This project, on a prominent corner site in Footscray is for a mixed use development, with retail and cafes at street level, and residential apartments above. The development is to consist of 1 basement level, containing car parking, twelve storeys above ground level, plus a communal rooftop terrace.
With the first floor of the project dedicated to car parking, a solid banded podium was conceived: intersecting the transparency of the commercial façade below, and the finer grained residential areas above.
Despite a common floor plate replicated over nine storeys, the dominant street facades avoid repetition via a pattern of shifting surface elements. Balcony balustrades and window openings vary in size to create a dynamic street presentation that belies the pragmatic uniformity contained within.
Ecologically sustainable features include a communal solar hot water system and water harvesting. The proposed development will contain 110 residential units, with an expected construction cost of $25M
Buckley St. Footscray
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