Thornbury High Street Apartments | Gardiner Architects

Thornbury High Street Apartments | Gardiner Architects | Photographer: Rory Gardiner

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Thornbury High Street Apartments | Gardiner Architects

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Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
The Dimity Reed Melbourne Prize (VIC)
Sinjen Group
Rory Gardiner
Project summary

The High Street Apartments in Thornbury, is Gardiner Architects’ first multi-residential project. The project comprises thirteen apartments above a ground floor carpark and restaurant.

The building is made of CLT construction which achieves a more sustainable outcome, with the apartments achieving an 8.4-star rating on average. This building methodology allowed for flexibility of layout, with each level and apartment an individual design responding to the varied orientation, size and aspect of each apartment. Overall, the High Street Apartments sees a very liveable outcome, that responds to its context and exemplifies the need for more sustainable construction methods.

Apartment interiors have a warm palette with splashes of colour, while still restrained enough for residents to add their own style. With long-term occupation in mind, opportunities for storage are maximised. A single central, open stairwell wraps around the lift. The stairwell and rooftop garden are places of impromptu interaction and community connection.

Victorian Jury Presentation

When I first looked to develop this site, the main thing was to build something I would be happy to live in myself. The final outcome surpassed all expectations.

It took a while to be convinced about CLT construction, but the building is high quality, energy efficient, and low maintenance.

The building layout maximises the investment capacity of the site. The apartments have been well received by owners and tenants and have seen solid sale and rental pricing, even in the current market conditions.

We are proud to have added positively to this part of Thornbury.

Project Practice Team

Amelda Berkeley, Project Architect
Paul Gardiner, Design Architect
Vaughan Bones, Graduate of Architecture

Project Consultant and Construction Team

4 Site Engineers Pty Ltd, Civil Consultant
4 Site Engineers Pty Ltd, Structural Engineer
BRT Consulting Pty Ltd, Services Consultant
Gardiner Architects Pty Ltd, Interior Designer
Jaz Building Consultants Pty Ltd, Building Surveyor
Low Impact Developments, ESD Consultant
mbm Pty Ltd, Quantity Surveyor
Octave Acoustics Pty Ltd, Acoustic Consultant
Red Fire Engineers Pty Ltd, Engineer
Vistek Pty Ltd, Structural Engineer
Xlam Australia, engineered timber design and supply contractor

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Thornbury High Street Apartments | Gardiner Architects | Photographer: Rory Gardiner

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