This housing project, sitting comfortably within an emerging urban and predominantly commercial context, cleverly exploits the organizational move of the full-height, open atrium to drive maximum gain from and for its program.
By separating the two halves of the block, cross-ventilation is enabled; semi-public and in-between spaces are shaded and protected. Straightforward but efficient apartment layouts with simple devices such as screen doors allow natural ventilation and solar protection. An internal community is further promoted by all apartments opening onto the shared atrium, and shared barbecue and laundry areas on each floor. With the inclusion of a vertical garden in the atrium, a site microclimate is created that further supports time spent between lifts and front doors of apartments. Antisocial activity is minor – an important demonstration of what is possible in a public housing development with clever interrogation of the brief and budget by skilful architects.
- Cox Rayner Architects
- Project Team
- Michael Rayner, Tim Morgan, Antony Scott Pegum, Matthew Cavanough, Solomon Romion, Ivan Lisinac, Felicity Yang, Perry Gustafsson, Matthew Alder
Builder Walton Constructions
Building certifier Philip Chun & Associates
Electrical and mechanical consultant DMA Professional Engineers
Hydraulic consultant Wood & Grieve Engineers
Landscape consultant Urban Space Design
Structural and civil consultant Lambert and Rehbein Brisbane
Town planning Cardno HRP
- Site details
Type Apartments, Multi-residential, Residential
- Project Details