Overland Gardens (Buildings B, C, E & F), Rosebery

2014 – COS Design Excellence Competition Winner, under construction.

This design’s starting point is based on the natural and industrial history of the site and its future context. Four residential buildings are generally based upon envelopes established by an earlier masterplan. They incorporate 249 apartments each with a strong relationship to its environmental context, through visual and physical connections to the future Garraway Park and to two large communal open spaces. The façade of the gateway on Dalmeny Street reinforces a bend in the street providing a strong civic statement, with curved solid bookends flanking a bank of refined operable sunscreens.

To the interior of the site, a low sculpted pavilion with a folded roof occupies one end of the park. The two longer east-west blocks incorporate through-apartments to take advantage of northern sun and park views. Built form has been heavily articulated to reduce the visual massing from the surrounding environment. Apartment design has been developed for the nominated mix of typologies and sizes with effective and efficient layouts.