AWARD FOR RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE - MULTIPLE HOUSING
HAMPTON CIRCUIT APARTMENTS & TOWNHOUSES
COLLINS CADDAYE ARCHITECTS
CATEGORY:RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE - MULTIPLE HOUSING
Good urban housing is one of Australia’s most pressing planning problems and an acute challenge to the architectural profession. Like all good housing regardless of density and specific location, solutions must be put forward embracing economy, amenity, sustainability and sociability. The architectural character of urban housing must respond to these issues, in combination with an idea about its place in the burgeoning city.
In this project, the architects have largely addressed these multiple challenges with an intelligent site strategy allied to a forceful architectural scale. Two storey terrace houses face north to a suburban street and a neighbourhood park. To the south and behind these houses, a higher apartment building forms a robust urban wall, appropriate to the grander scale of Adelaide Avenue. Between these two building blocks, a defined courtyard is formed and shared, accessed by a compressed entry path. The rear building gains outlook and sun over its lower pair.
The design is a well-scaled fusion of housing types, compactly arranged on a tight site with a difficult geometry. A range of dwelling plans offers housing choice. The architectural character is emphatic, employing a limited palette of materials. Off-form concrete walls form a base, topped by metallic cladding on the upper storeys. Curvilinear geometries, indented and splayed, are purposefully deployed.
This project is a confident architectural pointer to a more urban future, providing a welcome model of how we may live well together.
Architect/Practice: Collins Caddaye Architects
Practice Team: Bronwen Jones (Project/Design Architect), Andrew Collins (Team Member), Shaun Bray (Team Member)
Consultant Team: Sellick Consultants (Structural/Civil/Hydraulic Consultant), Harris Hobbs Landscapes (Landscape Consultant)
Photographer: Stefan Postles Photography