Maggie Street |Curious Practice

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

Maggie Street |Curious Practice

Traditional Land Owners
Awabakal People
Year
2024
Chapter

New South Wales

Region

Newcastle

Category
Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
Builder
Built By Eli
Photographer
Alexander McIntyre Photography
Project summary

Maggie Street reinterprets and respects the amenity, heritage and character of the surrounding suburb, but while neighbours inhabit as single dwellings on large lots, Maggie Street manages a fraternal quadruplet of generous two-storey townhouses. Flexibility in the planning of each unit can allow for any number of occupant requirements, from a growing family, home office or just having room to have the grandchildren stay.

Materials have been chosen for their practicality, durability and texture—changing with shifting shadows and development of patina over time. The red cement-bonded particle board and zincalume claddings bring both familiarity and vitality to the development, and with lawn removed from the site, an all native landscape plan brings biodiversity back to help repair the site post-construction.

Increasing density, reducing sprawl and fostering a sense of community between occupants are becoming the new standards for developments people actually want to live in—not just buy.

2024
New South Wales Architecture Awards Accolades
Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
Commendation – COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture
Region Jury Citation

Award in Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing (citation)

Maggie Street demonstrates that urban infill and densification can be nuanced, sustainable and respectful to an existing neighbourhood’s character and rhythms.

The experimental and collaborative relationship between the builder as the developer and Curious Practice has resulted in expertly executed details, from the crisp exterior flashing junctions to the bespoke joinery. The planning plays with flexibility. Unprogrammed spaces offer generosity to the changing lives of occupants. Opportunity is found within setbacks for variation of volume within the section, generating moments of constriction and expansion that add richness to the interior and open spaces alike.

The four stand-alone homes are all electric, with solar, void-forming water tanks in low carbon concrete capture and reuse precious resources, while the permeable driveway and low water native landscaping slow urban runoff. The robust materials consider end-of-life recyclability and reduce maintenance. These Sustainable principles embedded within its fabric will set new standards for this typology.

 

COLORBOND® Commendation for Steel Architecture (citation)

Maggie Street’s application of Zincalume® in both facade and roofing is a remarkable testament to architectural innovation. The fusion of Zincalume® with red cement-bonded cladding not only introduces a varied textural dimension but also invokes a profound sense of familiarity and vitality within the development. This masterful use of COLORBOND® steel exemplifies the capacity of materials to breathe life and character into architectural spaces, setting a new standard for design and construction. 

 

We engaged Curious Practice for this project as we wanted something well above the normal for a multi-residential development in this area. Warren listened to our brief about quality, giving back to the neighbourhood, and using sustainable design and products (no gas, PV system and underground recycled water tanks). Our winter in Unit 1 was very pleasant, with no need for heating at all—which is a tick for us.

The end result is great, and the community—who at first may have had their doubts—are now complimenting the finished design and how it “lifts” the street.

Connect with Curious Practice
Maggie Street | Curious Practice | Photographer: Alex McIntyre

This form is now closed.