Status: Town Planning
Category: Multi-Unit Residential
Located in the heart of Ringwood, this proposed multi-unit residential development seeks to embraces its location by referencing aspects of context, street interfaces, and the projected urban development possibilities for the precinct. It aims to provide a considered and appropriate built form, to an already varied and eclectic local architectural environment, on a site uniquely located on the edge of a residential and commercial zone.
The development proposes a four level residential development accommodating 40 apartments, and providing for a mix of tenure: 5 three bedroom apartments; 28 two bedroom apartments; and 7 one bedroom apartments. The development also includes basement car parking, providing a total of 45 car spaces for the residents, along with two visitor spaces.
Being fully cognisant of the urban/suburban context in which it is located, the development explores a simple palette of materials – brick, timber and black metal – in its architecture. The entry level and first floor are anchored together with a simple 2-block white brick façade, mimicking the domestic scale of local architecture, whilst using a playful exploration of cut-outs, recesses and punctuations to articulate the balconies and glazed elements of the building. This playfulness is further enhanced by treating the balustrades with vertical palisades to continue the broken solidity of the brick form, whilst maintaining compliance with ResCode. The second floor sits subservient to the main façade, both by a deeper street setback, as well as utilising timber cladding which will age and merge with the landscaping of the site. The top floor has an even deeper setback, clad in a dark material, to avoid visibility from the street and maintain the almost domestic scale and architecture of the development.
The east and west façades, which are reduced in horizontal scale by the use of vertical recesses, are articulated with a series of incisions into the volumes, helping reducing the visual impact of the development. Fins wrap the façade to provide verticality, as well as provide a unifying architectural articulation. The building effectively employs a classic architectural language with an underlying urban materiality, suitable for the development’s context.
The development takes advantage of its North-South orientation to maximise natural light and ventilation to all apartments, with no borrowed light or internal courtyards required. Added to this, generous ground floor courtyards, which will encourage planting zones, and large upper floor balconies, ensure no element of the amenity of the apartments is compromised for the future residents.
By utilising materials and design strategies that reference the surrounding suburban landscape, the development nestles itself into the surrounding fabric whilst presenting a contemporary, yet subtle and considered, architectural interjection to the area. The natural materials and appropriate landscaping treatment provide warmth and texture to the building which, along with well-thought-out internal layouts and good amenity, will nurture a sense of belonging for the future residents as well as providing excellent living environments.