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Norman Park Apartments
This is a large scheme of densely populated smaller apartment units. The units incorporated larger balconies with wider doors to open up the internal spaces and capitalise on the city glimpses. The project was designed with two buildings stepped into the hill and a large basement car parking space that was integrated into the slope. The proposed design was a large building, and a great deal of consideration was given to articulating the rooflines, identifying the entry statements and providing partial privacy screens on the balconies.
An unusual site comprising of a large amount of land however allowing for a restricted available building area because of extensive overland flows. Subsequently the site incorporated a high yield but was severely restricted in available building area. The solution incorporated high density living with maximum use of balconies overlooking the open spaces and waterway corridors. Careful consideration was given to the placement of building so that the compact design did not feel institutionalised. The solution was crafted by incorporating unique elements by including a variety of building massing and singularly articulated concepts. This allowed a tight block to be broken up visually and create a harmonious connection between individually unique units.
This apartment building was constructed on steeply sloping site with corner streetscape presentation. Having been designed with central access and two car parking areas accessed from both bordering streets, the liveable portion of the building then maximised its elevation to take advantage of the commanding views to the bay. The emphasis of the building is on smaller units with wider balconies facing the views and for the building to be strongly articulated in root form, stepping in external walls, use of different modern materials and reinforcement of colour and projecting open balcony forms.
These townhouses built in Gladstone, north of Brisbane, are unique and are intended to service largely the workforce of the mining industry. The units are tightly designed and are stepped up a sloping site with close living shielded by solid balcony rails and specifically designed architectural screenings. Internally the units are open planned with kitchen areas opening directly onto balconies with wide foldaway doors that provide for a sense of spaciousness from inside to outside. Strong use of building form and colour has also been used in the final design to provide for a unique individual subtropical character.
The project involved retaining the existing house and maintaining its original federation character and building in under to create two new apartment units within the existing building envelope. The balance of the site was developed fully around the existing house with three storey town houses attached. A key point of design was the utilisation of space, which in turn drove the implementation of wide living room balconies to all levels and an internal open plan. Being a prominent corner site, consideration was also given to the streetscape to both sides, addressing an aesthetic balance.