The Ninth Middle Ridge | Cox Architecture

The Ninth Middle Ridge | Cox Architecture | Photographer: Christopher Frederick Jones

2024 National Architecture Awards Program

The Ninth Middle Ridge | Cox Architecture

Traditional Land Owners
Jagera, Giabal and Jarowair tribes
Year
2024
Chapter

Queensland

Region

Darling Downs and West Moreton

Category
Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
Builder
McNab Constructions
Photographer
Christopher Frederick Jones
Project summary

The Ninth was developed for Aura, a private operator of Independent Living design on an existing 18-hole Golf course. It occupies an underused site in the northeastern corner of Middle Ridge Golf Club comprising 74 independent retirement living units apportioned across three buildings.

The proposal was structured around the creation of a ‘village green’ at the heart of the three buildings.

Pedestrian access is organised under sheltered links to promote social activity, community and connectedness between residents. The ‘village green’ looks out over the putting greens of the golf course and reciprocal relationship of views and backdrop are formed.

The stepped buildings use language of brick screening elements to direct views.

The scheme minimises the removal of existing vegetation and maximise views to the course and Silver Ridge beyond. The project creates a community identity within the site and has a symbiotic relationship with the Club offering shared services.

Each apartment presents a view of either the escarpment or the golf course. The generous depth of the balconies facing the public view of the course maintains our residents’ privacy.

An important element in retirement villages is the sense of community and connectedness. The diverse functional and inviting community spaces facilitates socialisation amongst our resident population, with ease of access proving the variety of spaces to be well utilised.

Tim Russell, Director AURA Holdings

Project Consultant and Construction Team

BCA, Electrical Consultant
BRW, Hydraulic Consultant
Building Certification Consultants, Building Certifier
DDA Consult, Access Consultant
EDGE Consultants, Structural Engineer
Frontier, Communications
I-Fire, Traffic
Parkinson Surveys, Quantity Surveyor
Precinct Urban Planning, Town Planner
Property Tehnologies, Section J Consultant
RMA, Civil Consultant
Wastetech, Waste Engineer

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