Mundingburra Housing | Counterpoint Architecture

Mundingburra Housing is an exemplar regional public housing project that delivers 18 new homes in Townsville. The project responds directly to its specific surrounding context and aims to create opportunities for both individual identity and a sense of community for its residents.

A landscaped communal space is at the heart of the scheme. All homes are linked to this open space both visually and through pedestrian walkways. This space is intended to foster a sense of community and create opportunities for casual interaction between residents.

Building forms and materiality also directly reference precedents found in the surrounding postwar suburban context and splashes of colour have been selectively introduced into the covered outdoor spaces to further reinforce a sense of individual identity for each of the homes, as well as to enliven and further de-institutionalise the overall complex.

Riverway Library | Counterpoint Architecture

The Riverway Library project breathes new life into a beloved community asset for the Townsville Community. The Thuringowa Library has been relocated to the existing precinct, seamlessly integrating with the Lagoon, Art Gallery, Sport Facilities, and Parklands. The transformed library occupies spaces formerly used for a performance venue and features a Café, bookable meeting rooms, a Changing Places Adult Accessible Change facility, and the innovative “MixHaus Makerspace.”

Overcoming design challenges, the project opens up the previously dark performance space, allowing natural light and views of the swimming lagoon and river. The library offers diverse spaces for quiet contemplation and collaborative work, including reading nooks, collaborative booths, and meeting rooms strategically placed with river views. The architecture embraces organic forms, with a unique curving ‘curtain’ defining the library space, paying homage to the former stage curtains while blending with the river landscape.

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