Parramatta: Build-to-Rent New Frontier
Gregory Place highlighed in the Urban Developer
Gregory Place highlighed in the Urban Developer
Treacys Place begins excavation - the final stage of the overall development. Located adjacent to Imperial Hurstville, the project comprises 5,247 GFA with 41 residential apartments and shops at street level. The project includes a courtyard to the south and sunny roof terrace providing spaces for relaxation and social interaction with outstanding views over Hurstville and Sydney skyline. The project is due for completion in 2024.
Architect: Stanisic Architects
Client: Wynn Construction Group Pty Ltd
Stanisic Architects has achieved development consent by the JRPP for a new residential development at Lane Cove, comprising 95 apartments (7,274sqm GFA). Located at the intersection of Pacific Highway and Longueville Road the building has a sculptural form that peels away from Longueville Road, presenting a curved ‘back’ to Longueville Road and Pacific Highway, becoming more regular in form along the Burley Street and Taylors Lane frontages. The concept if a ‘U’ shaped plan around a central north facing court with projecting floor slabs and balconies that circle the building like a ribbon. The solid and glazed balustrades create a visual pattern by sliding the panels across each other at each floor emphasising the sculptural nature of the built form. The siting of the building allows the existing band of trees that currently encircles the site to be retained and, where necessary, replanted to create a natural bush setting and a ‘green veil’ to the public domain. Stanisic Architects have commenced construction documentation for the project.
Architect: Stanisic Architects, Landscape Architect: Sturt Noble Associates, Client: GloBuild Pty Ltd
Images: Ivolve Studios
After 12 years, the Emerald Park Masterplan designed by Stanisic Architects is complete and we invite you to take a photographic tour. Emerald Park is a masterplan of the former Email industrial site that is situated on the western side of Joynton Avenue, between O’Dea Avenue and McPherson Lane, which includes a major privately funded public park at the southern end - an extension of Mary O’Brien Reserve. It comprises 557 apartments (50,935sqm GFA) in six buildings designed by Stanisic Architects, built over 5 stages and includes a boardwalk, forecourt, new street and through-site pedestrian way in addition to the park. The open space network allows easy pedestrian movement around and through the site.
Architect: Stanisic Architects, Landscape Architect: Sturt Noble Associates, Client: Cronos Corporation, Builder: Waterside Constructions
Images: Brett Boardman
Stanisic Architects is pleased to announce that a planning proposal at the corner of Charles and Macquarie Streets has been gazetted by the Hon. Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Planning:
"A planning proposal approved for the heart of Western Sydney will inject $291 million into the local economy, create 275 new homes and close to 300 new jobs.
A new slimline 43-storey building will be among Parramatta’s tallest with a mixture of apartments, offices and shops, and has been proposed on the corner of 116 Macquarie St and 7 Charles St in Parramatta.
The location puts the proposed building within walking distance of schools, public transport, offices, shops and restaurants in Parramatta. The project is expected to create up to 228 construction jobs and 65 ongoing jobs.
Planning Minister Rob Stokes said the proposal will be an exciting new addition to Western Sydney’s skyline and bolster Parramatta as Sydney’s second CBD.
“This is an example of how we can create places where people can live, work and have good access to transport, public facilities and open space,” Mr Stokes said.
“It’s vital that, as our cities and suburbs get bigger, they get better as well.”
Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee welcomed the proposal, which highlights the growth and the exciting future of the region.
“Everywhere you turn in Parramatta, you can see cranes in the sky that are building the new homes, offices and entertainment spaces for local residents and families.” Dr Lee said.
The proposal was made possible by planning rule changes allowing residential development on the site, where only commercial uses were permitted before."
Architect/ Urban Designer: Stanisic Architects, Planner: DDC Group, Client: Statewide Planning
Stanisic Architects has achieved development consent by the JRPP for a new mixed-use development at Caringbah, comprising 89 apartments (7,300sqm GFA) above a health services facility (2,360sqm). The built form is in two components of 6 storeys (Kingsway) and 4-5 storeys (Flide Street) connected by an aerial bridge with a communal roof terrace. The aesthetic is characterised as an urban building within a landscaped setting dominated by a Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest (STIF). The dense vegetation is complemented by the use of clear, translucent and opaque glass facade with gold perforated metal screens which allow residents to experience the unique setting.
Architect: Stanisic Architects, Landscape Architect: Sturt Noble, Client: Sky Blue Developments Pty Ltd
Images: David Duloy
Stanisic Architects have recently completed a concept plan for a 35 storey mixed-use building in the Parramatta CBD comprising retail, commercial and residential accommodation as part of a planning proposal to Parramatta City Council. This infill development completes the existing built form and open space configuration for the urban block by maintaining a three storey scale to George Street and by locating communal open space on top of the podium and roof. The site contained a number of key parameters including a compact site area of 630sqm with a single 20m frontage to George Street, building separation between existing residential towers to the east, potential overshadowing to neighbouring residential buildings, common boundaries to the side and rear and a compact central core. The design concept is for a single tower on top of a podium with a 'T-shaped' floor plate. The built form has a strong chiseled masonry frame to the side boundaries that provide visual connections to the city centre and river.
Architect: Stanisic Architects, Client: Statewide Planning
Images: David Duloy, Stanisic Architects
Stanisic Architects have recently completed a concept plan for the regeneration of a former industrial site on the Lane Cove River into a mixed use precinct including retail/ office and residential accommodation as part of a planning proposal to Lane Cove Council. The concept plan also included a landscape masterplan for the site prepared by Sturt Noble for public and communal open spaces including roof terraces.
The site contained a number of key parameters including a steep fall of between 8-20m, interface with environmental conservation zone and retention of remnant bushland, existing contamination contained with an existing clay capping, proximity to the Lane Cove Tunnel ventilation stack and interface with the existing light industrial estate.
Architect: Stanisic Architects, Landscape Architect: Sturt Noble Landscape Architects, Client/ Developer: Statewide Planning
Images: David Duloy, Sturt Noble Landscape Architects
Camellia West by Stanisic Architects for Statewide Planning located at the former James Hardie site, a heavily contaminated site situated along the Parramatta River between James Ruse Drive and the Clyde-Carlingford Railway Line, was endorsed at a meeting of Parramatta Council and will proceed to public exhibition as a planning proposal. The planning proposal is to rezone the land for mixed use development with a maximum floor space of 5.3:1 (318,000sqm) and maximum height of 126m (40 storeys). The vision for the site is to create an interactive, urban living environment within a rehabilitated river setting. It will be framed by an extensive and permeable public domain comprising wide streets, central square/ park, forum, foreshore park and building forms of various heights orientated to optimise views, breezes and sun.
Architect/ Urban Designer: Stanisic Architects, Landscape Architect: Sturt Noble, Planner: DDC-Group, Client/ Developer: Statewide Planning
Images: Doug + Wolf, David Duloy
Imperial Hurstville (formerly Treacy Street apartments) by Piety THP Pty Ltd, a 16 storey mixed-use residential development with 227 apartments and street level shops has had its sales launch after five years of planning. The display suite designed and documented by stanisic architects is located on Treacy Street, Hurstville in the former Toyota showroom which has been extensively remodelled internally. It features a project model, CGIs, images and plans. The display suite contains a typical two bedroom apartment including kitchen and wet areas designed by stanisic architects. Construction of the building is due to begin in 2015.
Images by Rare
stanisic architects are excited to announce that we are moving offices. We will be opening the doors at our new address on Monday, 22 September 2014. Our new office is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, larger interactive studio space and additional meeting facilities. Other than our address and telephone lines, all our other details will remain the same.
Level 1, 243 Liverpool Street/ cnr Riley Street
EAST SYDNEY NSW 2010
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A S75 Mod to the Concept Plan for the Treacy Street apartments at Hurstville to increase the maximum height of the central stage by 3 storeys from 16 to 19 storeys has been lodged to the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure. This was after detailed assessment of shadowing of adjoining dwellings on the Kogarah side of the rail line, bulk, scale and parking. The higher building maintains the distinctive massing of the earlier building with its sky courts, split form and golden, perforated ribbons without loss of architectural integrity.
Stanisic Architects has submitted a proposal for a limited design excellence competition for a site at Lewisham, adjacent to the new light rail station. The proposal focuses on building design rather than site design which had fixed building footprints and open spaces. The building design aims to resolve outstanding issues while maintaining compliance with the approved Concept Plan, particularly with regard to setbacks, building separation and solar access. The buildings are divided into three primary zones: west (buildings A, B and D), east (buildings E, F and G) and centre (building C). Each group of buildings is designed to be different from each other.
The building has a complex approved massing which has been refined. The interplay between shadowing and massing has been strengthened. Angled walls have been removed to reduce bulk and improve outlook from balconies. The aesthetic of the building has been redefined by introducing horizontal ‘ribbons’ to the external expression to give greater flexibility to the location of windows and balconies. It responds to internal layouts, replacing the previous ‘punched’ openings that were often mismatched to the internal rooms.
Construction has commenced on Stage 3, Parc and Grand, Emerald Park Masterplan by Waterside Constructions, the building arm of the Lateral Group. The 3 and 6 storey buildings with attics which contain 60 apartments are sited along the southern edge of the central communal courtyard, adjacent to the new public park, an extension of Mary O’Brien Reserve – part of the Masterplan by Stanisic Architects. A pedestrian through-site way runs between the buildings, linking the central courtyard to the future Lamond Lane and the new public park. The apartments are designed to enjoy both the sunny aspect to the central courtyard and the shaded outlook to the new public park which was opened recently by Sydney City Lord Mayor Clover Moore. The courtyard elevations are presented as ‘ribbons’ which define and shade the northern faces of the buildings.
The new multi-franchise auto showroom and service centre at Kirrawee for the Dominelli Group has been unanimously approved by Sutherland Shire Council. It consists of a generous two storey display space with mezzanine, roof-top parking, external display area and through-site service access road for deliveries and vehicle transporters. The concept comprises a glazed, pavilion-like form that is located to the rear of the site with a slightly graded hardstand vehicle display area fronting Princes Highway. The showroom is built to the northern and western boundaries and setback from the eastern boundary to align with the new service access road. It is accessed by customers from both the Princes Highway to the south and Monro Street from the north. The previous concept presented to Council of a more street-based showroom, with minimal external showroom fronting Princes Highway, was not acceptable to Ford who are the main franchisee of the project. The current concept has been endorsed by Ford.
Stanisic architects has submitted a proposal to a limited design excellence competition for a site at Rosebery, on the edge of the Green Square Urban Renewal Area. The architecture responds primarily to three principles: diversity, connectivity and interdependency. The principles underpin the making of a vibrant living environment on the site that will become part of the emerging North Rosebery Neighbourhood. The longer buildings on Rosebery and Dalmeny Avenues are articulated as two distinct components with separate lift cores and street lobby entries to create four building components on Rosebery Avenue and two building components on Dalmeny Avenue. These are supplemented with three maisonettes blocks located in the central courtyard. The height of the buildings vary from the 5 to 7 storeys for east-west facing apartment blocks to 3 storey for north-south maisonettes blocks which also define the new pedestrian links at the northern and southern ends of the site. The site is designed as a multi-platform setting with ground and roof top gardens. Diversity of architectural expression is achieved by utilising varied external materials, shading devices, fenestration, façade detail and response to internal unit layouts.
The Highpoint display suite has featured in numerous TV news bulletins which showed buyers queuing down the street to buy apartments and frantic activity in the display hall which featured a project model, CGIs, images and plans. Highpoint is a large, multi-stage, mixed-use residential development with 437 apartments with street level shops. The display and marketing suite, designed and documented by Stanisic Architects is located on Forest Road in the former Ford showroom and has been extensively remodelled both externally and internally. Externally, new timber battens have been added to the façade. The display area looks out onto the site from a terrace. The display suite contains a two bedroom apartment including kitchen and wet areas.
The Revere Display Suite located in the existing factory on the site at Rosebery features a signature kitchen and bathroom designed by Stanisic Architects. The installations use raw and refined finishes to develop a ‘nordic industrial’ aesthetic that refers to the cool finishes of Scandinavian design and the surrounding industrial context. The kitchens have a choice of black and white laminates with engineered timber flooring and stainless steel splashbacks. Stanisic Architects were interior designers for the project.
Construction has commenced on Stage 2, Buildings C and D, aka Eton, of the Emerald Park Masterplan by Waterside Constructions, the building arm of the Lateral Group. The 9 storey buildings incorporating 16,200sqm are joined by glazed sky bridges, and noted for their distinctive external expression comprising a combination of painted, precast concrete panels (active face) and perforated ‘Zeus Grey’ aluminium screening panels (recessive face) to provide a layered external appearance. The 174 apartments feature the unique ‘cross-over and snorkel combination’ configuration that provides excellent amenity, affordability and buyer choice. The expression of the stacked apartments has been varied using a ‘freestyling’ compositional technique.
Eon, sited in Green Square, is nearing completion. Eon comprises 344 apartments in a 4 and 10 storey buildings organised around a communal courtyard. The 10 storey building fronts onto a new linear park and public street that are being constructed as part of the project and extend the existing street network. The first of six buildings to be constructed by Karimbla Constructions for Meriton, Eon is distinguished by its western façade treatment that is designed to shield the harsh western sun, often overlooked in many nearby projects. It comprises perforated sliding metal panels and fixed vertical louvre blades that give occupants a choice in shading the living rooms and bedrooms from the sun. The expression of repetitive, stacked apartments has been varied by offsetting the balustrade treatment and shading on alternative level.
The Stage 1 DA for the former John Newell Mazda site, the centrepiece of the Green Square Town Centre has been approved by Sydney City Council. The broken perimeter form comprises two x 19 storey, chiselled towers and 10 storey buildings organised around a central water court which is activated by a 60 metre long, through-site pedestrian way that connects directly to the Green Square station. The project was the first to sign up for Council’s Green Infrastructure – trigeneration power, recycled water and evacuated waste, making it the ‘greenest building in the Green Square’.
City Council has approved the redevelopment of the Altamont Hotel in Darlinghurst, near Williams Street for Cordon Developments. The project comprises a new 7 storey apartment building and refurbished Victorian villa containing café and apartments. The Cauldron nightclub, once frequented by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, will be converted to a small licensed bar. Apartments will be screened with operable external aluminium venetian blinds for privacy, light control and shading for occupants. The new forecourt to Darlinghurst Road, designed by 360 degrees which contains olive and mandarin trees in copper vats, will be used for café seating.
Stanisic Architects has lodged a revised proposal to The DoPI for the redevelopment of the Balmain Tigers site at Rozelle for Rozelle Village Pty Ltd, which has polarised the community. Declared as a Part 3A development the proposal will return the Balmain Tigers to their home site as part of a hybrid development of 44,000sqm that also includes 312 apartments in two, 24 storey residential towers; and shops, medical centre, child care centre, community room, gymnasium and supermarket in a stepped, two storey podium. The project will go the Planning Advisory Committee for determination.
Stanisic Architects has completed a ground breaking concept for a multi-franchise auto showroom, parts and service centre for the Dominelli Group on a large triangular site at Kogarah. The streamlined form includes seven auto franchises, anchored by the Mazda franchise. It is planned to heighten customer experience, interaction and delivery. The franchise showrooms are organised around an internal customer walk and customer lounges, naturally lit and ventilated. The franchises share a service workshop and parts area.
Martin Stanisic Logar has completed his Bachelor of Architectural Studies with Distinction at The University of New South Wales. He continued his studies in the 2012 Masters of Architecture program, completing electives with Professor Xing Ruan, Dr Stanislaus Fung and Professor Michael Neuman. He has achieved straight HDs in all electives. Martin will be continuing his Master of Architecture Degree at Sydney University in 2013.
Pesaro Press has published Stanisic LiveWork, a selection of 20 projects completed between 2000 and 2010. Photographed and produced by the internationally acclaimed Patrick Bingham Hall, the book is a snap shot of both realised and unrealised projects focusing exclusively on ideas for living or working environments in Sydney. Includes an essay and descriptions by RMIT lecturer Anna Johnson and contributions by Professor Tom Heneghan, Philip Drew and Tarsha Finney and Peter John Cantrill.
Dinah Zhang has been accepted into the two-year post-professional Master of Architecture degree at the Yale School of Architecture, New Haven. A recent graduate from University of Sydney, Dinah has contributed creatively and artistically to key projects in the studio. Next step of the journey begins.
Frank Stanisic will run a graduation design studio in the Masters of Architecture at the FBE, NSW University for the 2011 year. The studio titled Hybrid and Habitation is an exploration of hybrid form and use anchored in collective housing. The venue is the northern end of the waterfront Barangaroo site. Students are encouraged to intersect standard urban typologies with fusion, fracturing and the diagram as a basis for urban invention.
Construction has been completed for the new entry lobby and common room for the existing HousingNSW residential tower in Poplar Street, Surry Hills. Extensive remodelling of the ground level was required to accommodate the brief requirements, including ramped disabled access, community room, kitchen, stores, address and signage. The entry lobby can be screened from the common room by folding glass panels that are screened with a decal graphic of blue poplar trees designed by Deuce Design.
Stanisic Architects has been shortlisted with McGregor Coxall, Bolles Wilson and BKK for the masterplanning of Maribyrnong, a sustainable redevelopment of the former ammunitions and horse stabling site in outer Melbourne. In addition to developing to a strategic framework and concept options Stanisic Architects focused on developing a spectrum of housing typologies that included the seed big home, seed loft, seed soho and seed easy-on-the pocket. Layouts included detonator massive, nitro car free, shell flexible, starter LDK, nest family, life time diversity, terrace, shared, tower, cross-over, maisonette, autonomous (solar), affordable, hotel and power sandwich (big seed).
Gregory Place has been lodged to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment as a State Significant Development.
The architectural design concept is for 3 x freestanding building forms that are arranged into an orthogonal layout of five fingers that vary in height from 4-8 storeys and adjust to the scale of the existing and future context, including remaining colonial cottages. The built form has been embedded within a parkland setting of courts and passages that creates a framework for permeable pedestrian movement to enable physical and visual connections to the rich cultural landscape setting.
The vision for the development is to create a breathing, living environment that is responsive to the sun, light, air and outlook that complements its residential parkland setting and rich cultural history.
The existing site is blighted industrial land that has the potential to be made much better in many respects. The proposed development is a large project that is embedded in being different to its context, while also being compatible. Most importantly, the site able to better Connect with Country. The site is located within a rich cultural landscape that has been occupied for many thousands of years and physically transformed following colonialisation and later with multiculturalism. It has evolved into a distinctive place that is a special sub-precinct, an island that is defined by a parkland landscape to the north, stormwater channel to the south with only one street interface.
The existing industrial uses on the site are now redundant and there is an opportunity to rejuvenate it for residential occupation to take advantage of its prime location and excellent amenity. In doing so, there is an added responsibility to balance the relationship between density and social outcomes - economics, environment and social benefits. Density should be located on good land with good amenity in order to contain urban sprawl and it should be offset by creating a high-quality and connected public domain.
While respecting the significant colonial history of the four key state heritage register listings (Hambledon Cottage, Elizabeth Farm and Experiment Farm) and Parramatta Sand Body to the north, any significant development also has an obligation to Care for Country. Acknowledging the history pre-contact as well as contemporary stories, provides a deeper understanding of our history and develops our thinking of Australia as a Country. This can be achieved by embedding place into the interpretation of the built form and significant open space, and by permitting pedestrian movement through the site once again. Furthermore, there is also an opportunity to make a strong sustainable commitment towards the future.
Architect: Stanisic Architects
Client: Hallmark Constructions
Community Housing Provider: Pacific Community Housing
Artist: Mark Gerada
Firsts for mixed-use buildings
A new age in apartment design paves the way for variety on one site writes Dani Wright.
A draft Central Sydney Planning Strategy document, open for public discussion, could designate new tower builds of more than 55 metres be at least half commercial, as the boom in residential apartment living slows.
For architects and developers, this brings challenges, but also the potential for an increase in mixed-use developments integrating retail, residential and commercial uses on one site – a focus of the Greater Sydney Commission.
Stanisic Architects, pioneers in the design of urban housing and apartments going back 20 years to Sydney’s Green Square project, believes people who live in apartments in the Sydney metropolitan area want to be part of something more.
“It’s not possible to just put one use on a site any more and that really comes back to people,” says the firm’s design director, Frank Stanisic,whose latest project under construction is Jewel at Wentworth Point. “They want other facilities and another way of living, not just a box to sleep in. They want where they live to support their lifestyle.”
An example of this is the design of communal facilities such as roof gardens. Stanisic Architects has taken it a step further and added outdoor cinemas on apartment rooftops, as well as function spaces for entertaining. Throughout some buildings are communal areas such as libraries and biolounges. As apartments get smaller, these spaces become important.
“We like to allow lots of sunlight into apartment living spaces and to minimise air conditioning with cross flow ventilation throughout,” says Stanisic. “We also have inside-outside spaces, such as winter gardens where living areas are extended outdoors.”
Stanisic says the main themes of the firm’s work includes diversity – to make sure there are many uses from one site; connectivity – consideration of the walking environment and pedestrian connections; and sustainability, as well as environmental performance and comfort.
“Trends are towards lifestyle-led living environments, where residents might go downstairs to a delicatessen or restaurant on site or childcare facilities,” Stanisic says . “They like the convenience so they can spend more time doing the things they want to in life.”
Freedom inside apartments comes with touches such as sliding wall panels,where bedrooms can be opened into living spaces and people are able to change the environment they live in depending on their stage of life or if friends and family come to stay.
“They might also like some spaces closed off or opened up depending on the time of day or season of the year,” says Stanisic. “It’s a nod to the great tradition of Japanese design, which uses those adaptable spaces.”
He says environmental quality and sense of light, sun and space surprises residents, because it provides a sense of comfort.
To decide on an apartment, Stanisic recommends choosing a location, then looking at design,while making sure materials are long lasting and durable.
“Multi-use apartments are about creating not just a memorable building,” says Stanisic, “but also a memorable sense of place to belong to.”
Imperial reaches a critical point as excavation is complete and an industrial-scaled bracing structure is used to reinforce the busy Illawarra Railway Line, due to a constraint placed upon ancoring below state infrastructure. Multiple excavators were used to 'handshake' with each other to remove fill from the site. The excavation will allow four split level basement levels to be constructed and bring the structure up to ground level to lock the piles together so that the bracing can be removed. It is expected that the basment levels will be complete by year's end. When complete, the development will comprise 328 apartments above a retail podium (22,209m² GFA).
Architect: Stanisic Architects, Client: Piety THP, Builder: Alliance Property Group
Jewel begins to rise out of the ground following the construction of a diaphragm wall, excavation and completion of three basement levels. Construction has commenced on the first building to the north and will be followed by the remaining two buildings and retail levels. As each level is completed, magnificent waterfront views are revealed and provide a glimpse to the future for the new ferry walk and Foreshore Drive. When complete, the development will comprise 256 apartments above a retail podium and child care centre (27,272m² GFA).
Architect: Stanisic Architects, Landscape Architect: Sturt Noble Associates, Client: Payce, Builder: Dasco
Stanisic Architects have recently completed a development application for two 8 storeys buildings that transition to 4 storeys along a new lane to adjust to the surrounding low-rise residential context on Canterbury Road, Belmore. The design concept is for a perimeter form and central courtyard comprising 149 apartments (12,860 GFA) and 390sqm commercial floor space to Canterbury Road. The site is located on a significant corner at Canterbury Road/ Platts Avenue and is marked with street defining commercial uses and awnings before transitioning into a full-residential building. The new shared-lane provides a visual and pedestrian connection between Platts Avenue and Liberty Street.
The infill building to the new laneway has a different character and acts as a backdrop to the courtyard. This building is sheathed in bronze finished panels, balustrades, pergolas and louvres and acts as the ‘jewel’ within the larger complex.
Architect: Stanisic Architects, Client: Holt Point Pty Ltd
Images: Ivolve, Stanisic Architects
Stanisic Architects have recently completed a development application for new residential development at Wentworth Point - One the Waterfront. Stage 1 of this project is for 273 apartments (18,800sqm GFA) in five perimeter form buildings that surround a central courtyard with one building set within a new park. Communal open spaces located on the roofs of buildings are connected by an aerial bridge and comprise planting, seating, BBQ and an outdoor cinema. The rich, visual nature of the architecture comes to life with clear and bronze tinted glazing, bronze metallic frames and gold finished vertical aluminium louvres which amplify the sun and animate the facades. The built form is broken up into vertical parts and has disparate elements, as opposed to a continuous street wall, giving clear visual and pedestrian permeability to the courtyards. Stanisic Architects have commenced the design for Stage 2 that will complete the perimeter form.
Architect: Stanisic Architects, Landscape Architect: Sturt Noble Associates, Client: Wentworth Point 1 Pty Ltd
Stanisic Architects is pleased to be announced as the winners of the Charles Street Design Competition. This mixed use project is a 48 storey tower with 12 storey street wall at the corner of Charles and Macquarie Streets, Parramatta. It comprises retail, health services, child care centre and 381 residential apartments.
The architecture of the tower responds primarily to three design concepts: the interface of the buildings with the open space at street level; the response to the wider urban and landscape setting and views; and built form articulation through surface treatment and controlled variation. The building adopts a ‘hybrid form’ of tower, street walls and horizontal slots to interface with the ground, the street, the city, the river, the sun and the sky.
Architect: Stanisic Architects, Client/ Developer: Statewide Planning
Images: David Duloy
Jewel Wentworth Point is a mixed-use development by Stanisic Architects for Ionic Management and Payce + Sekisui House Australia located at 1 Burroway Road, Wentworth Point. Jewel is a new glistening iconic gateway to Wentworth Point that is all about the experience of place. The project comprises three elegant, slender finger forms drapped in a gold sheath of screening that sit on top of an active retail ground plane. The buildings are bisected by a publically accessible avenue 'Pierside' that terminates at the new ferry wharf. The development has approximately 27,500sqm (2.63:1 FSR) and includes 256 apartments, approximately 4,300sqm of restaurants and shops, a supermarket and childcare centre.
Architect: Stanisic Architects, Client: Iconic Management, Developer: Payce + Sekisui House Australia
Images: Doug + Wolf
The Emerald Park Masterplan of the former Email industrial site that is situated on the western side of Joynton Avenue, between O’Dea Avenue and McPherson Lane is nearing completion. Emerald Park encapsulates the essence of Green Square – sustainability, diversity and affordability. The project comprises 7 buildings in five stages in addition to a publically accessible boardwalk beneath the mature Hills fig trees along Joynton Avenue, through-site way and new 4,000sqm public park - Mary O'Brien Reserve. It comprises 557 apartments and 200sqm retail, with the final stage due for completion late 2015 - constructed by Lateral Estate.
Construction is complete and residents have moved into Eton, Stage 2, Buildings B + C of the Emerald Park Masterplan by Waterside Constructions, the building arm of Lateral Estate (formerly Lateral Group). The occupation of the building’s 174 apartments has added another layer to the rich external appearance of the building. Construction continues on the remaining buildings of the masterplan including Parc (Building A), Grand (Building B) and Prime (Building E).
Construction has commenced on the former Altamont Hotel site at Darlinghurst. The built form concept for the project is two contrasting forms: a new residential block and retained historic Victorian villa with a dining forecourt to Darlinghurst Road. The forms are separated by a ‘gap’, a linear entry lobby, that allows the villa to be viewed as a free standing building. The new residential flat building is 6 storeys + attic, with single level apartments, parking and loading area accessed from Kirketon Road. The configuration and restricted area of the site due to the retention of the villa requires that the basement parking is accessed by double car lifts. The project includes subterranean space for a restaurant/ bistro (previously the Cauldron nightclub and said to have been frequented by the Rolling Stones on their Sydney gigs), and café, opening to the forecourt.
Frank Stanisic gave an invited lecture on collective housing to a full house of architectural design students at the UNSW Faculty of Built Environment. The design studio on living environments, coordinated by Dr Paola Favaro, has included EDO at Crown Street, Woolloomooloo as one of its precedent studies. Frank spoke about the practice’s continuing interest in site, in particular the land, sun, street and history, as a generator of site design and built form. The presentation also focused on the cross-over design in Mondrian, EDO, Spectrum, Coda and Zone to create breathing buildings with natural ventilation and solar access. These innovative projects are extensively illustrated and described in Stanisic: Live Work, available from Pesaro Press, which is on the student’s reference reading.
Construction of Highpoint has commenced with the excavation of the two level basement car park, known locally as the ‘duck pond’. Above ground building works are set to commence soon. The development has a perimeter and courtyard form, comprising of three buildings with 437 apartments and 497sqm retail. The built form is generally aligned with the public streets and a new 8 metre wide through-site way joining Forest Road and Pearl Street along the southern boundary. The built forms are located at the block edge without podium or articulated street wall setbacks to maintain a clear definition of the public streets. The proposed buildings comprise an 18 storey tower and lower 4 to 14 storey, slim-line blocks. The building heights have been redistributed around the perimeter block to improve the urban design response and the solar access to apartments, and without an increase in the maximum 4.5:1 FSR (38,500sqm).
Construction is complete on Stage 2, Buildings B and C, aka Eton, of the Emerald Park Masterplan by Waterside Constructions, the building arm of the Lateral Group. The 9 storey residential flat buildings with 16,200sqm are joined by glazed sky bridges, and are noted for their distinctive external expression comprising a combination of painted, precast concrete panels (active face) and perforated ‘Zeus Grey’ aluminium screening panels (recessive face) giving a rich layered external appearance. The 174 apartments develop the unique ‘cross-over and snorkel combination’ configuration that achieves excellent amenity, affordability and buyer choice. The expression of the stacked apartments has been varied using a highly controlled and codified compositional technique that creates a random-like appearance to main elevations.
Stanisic Architects was the runner-up in a Design Excellence Competition for a key site, GSTC 6, in the Green Square Town Centre, having been selected for Stage 2 proposal. The buildings are distinguished by their materiality, built form, open space, and interface to the public domain. According to Stanisic: ‘I wanted the buildings to be light and uplifting, reaching to the sky or floating above the ground, in contrast to the many masonry and precast buildings which are now commonplace in the area. The Green Square Town Centre is the new venue, the new exemplar, and I thought it was time for a new expression, one which was not horizontal and heavy, but vertical and light. The buildings are clad in glass and metal. Colourback and bronze tinted glass, aluminium panels, and fixed metal louvres and battens that shade the western faces from the afternoon sun that streams across the site and give a golden reflected light to the building faces. Glass is related to the history of the wider Green Square area which had some of Sydney’s first glass manufacturing such as Australian Window Glass. I have always associated glass, precious metals, transparency and lightness with the area, qualities which are also forward looking.”
Stanisic Architects has sponsored two new catalogue and information pavilions that were designed and constructed by Master of Architecture students at the University of Sydney. The pavilions are part of the Sculpture by the Sea Festival, the world’s largest annual free-to-the public outdoor sculpture exhibition. The spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk turns into a 2km long temporary sculpture park featuring over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world during October to November. Constructed from timber framing and plywood the pavilions mark the start of the sculpture walk at each end. These purpose-built temporary structures are manned by volunteers who answer questions from exhibition visitors as well as selling the exhibition catalogues. Congratulations to studio coordinator Michael Muir, tutors and students for their creative efforts and innovative construction.
Stanisic architects has submitted an entry to a limited design excellence competition for an ‘island’ site at Lane Cove, Sydney. Based on a Part 3A Concept Plan approval the architecture responds primarily to three concepts: the interface of buildings with the open space; the response to the wider landscape setting and views; and built form articulation through surface treatment and controlled variation. The siting of the lower 6 to 10 storey buildings reinforces the open spaces, step down the hill and emphasise the topography of the site. The 20 storey tower and its 10 storey companion building, located at opposite ends of the site, are similar in expression and anchor the proposal, providing urban markers when viewed from the east and west along Epping Road. The 20 storey tower is designed to both complement its landscape setting and maintain its identity as a bold, modern addition to the cityscape.
Imperial has been selected as a finalist in the annual AIA architecture awards in the multiple housing category. The project was among 68 projects selected from 168 entries. The project is on record and will be showcased on the AIA website, in the special awards edition of Architecture Bulletin in July and showcased in the Architecture today exhibition. Imperial is located in the theatre district of downtown Sydney. It is mixed use building with 250 serviced apartments, pool, gym, offices and shops. Its design focuses on connection, light and surface. The 33 storey building comprises three forms which step down to Campbell Street to retain solar access to Belmore Park. It is distinguished by a through site pedestrian way, coloured interlay glass louvre screen, ‘chiselled’ concrete ledges and light courts.
A development application for 437 apartments and approx. 580sqm retail has been submitted to Hurstville City Council for the Toga Group on the former Dominelli Ford site at Hurstville. The 38,500sqm project is a perimeter courtyard concept with slender buildings ranging from 4 to21 storeys in height. The striking tower marks the highest point on the western edge of the Hurstville City Centre. The project incorporates a new laneway, generous central communal courtyard and green roof terrace on the ‘link’ building. The external expression is a patchwork of clearly expressed volumes for urban scale and fine grain detail for pedestrian scale. Colour is used to define the volumes of the perimeter.
A development application for Stages 3 to 5 (Buildings A, B and E) of the Emerald Park Masterplan has been approved by Sydney City Council. The four separate buildings of 20,000sqm comprise 210 apartments ranging in height from 4 to 9 storeys. The buildings which front onto Joynton Avenue with its magnificent figs and the new ‘south park’ complete the definition of the central communal courtyard, The buildings will be constructed from precast concrete and feature ‘sun catchers’ for solar access and ‘ribbon balustrades’. The apartments feature the unique post GFC ‘cross-over and snorkel combination’ configuration that provides excellent amenity, affordability and buyer choice.
Frank Stanisic has scored a hat trick by being appointed as the first permanent independent chair of the Architecture Review Advisory Panel (ARAP), permanent member of the Independent Hearing and Advisory Panel (IHAP) and alternate for the Sydney East Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) for Sutherland Shire Council. The ARAP was established by Council to provide independent professional advice to Council regarding development within the Shire, with the intention of improving the quality of development. The Panel's terms of reference are to examine, evaluate and critique the design aspects of proposed developments prior to submission of a Development Application; and advise the staff of its assessment of the design quality of development applications. The terms of reference are supplemented by the 10 design qulity principles of SEPP 65 which the Panel uses when considering the merits of any proposal.
Stanisic Architects have lodged a new proposal for the Dunning Avenue site, Rosebery at the southern edge of Green Square, adjacent to CODA. The shop-top proposal for 52 apartments and ground level shops follows on from two previously approved applications - for apartments and for offices - submitted over the past 10 years. The latest post-GFC proposal is a multi-core design with dual aspect and ‘snorkel’ layouts to achieve solar access, cross ventilation and affordability, the new priority. The floating building form has a vertical rhythm to the street through the articulation of bays or modules. The linear courtyard is designed by 360 degrees.
Stanisic Architects has submitted an entry for the Green Square Library and Plaza, an open competition run by the City of Sydney. The building form is a clearly delineated, four-storey box, ark-like, that appears to float above the flood waters of O’Sheas Creek which periodically wash over the site on their way through the town centre to Alexandra Canal – and which will be diverted to an underground, stormwater culvert as part of the town centre infrastructure works. The Plaza is envisaged as rug-like space that stretches the full length of the site, trimmed with detail at its edges to maintain an adaptable and multi-use space for public activities.
Stanisic Architects has completed the design of the remaining six buildings of Emerald Park, the redevelopment of the former email site in Green Square on the tree-lined Joynton for the Lateral Group. The 6 to 10 storey buildings are organised around a large central communal courtyard and new public park. The 430 apartments include a unique coupling of ‘snorkel’ and cross-over apartments to achieve a balance of affordability, diversity, solar access and natural ventilation.
In June 2011 Frank Stanisic was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. A former Vice- President, Councillor and Chair of the AIA the honour was nominated by Matthew Pullinger, the current AIA President.
Construction of the 33 storey serviced apartment, the Imperial, has been completed, comprising 430 units. Stanisic Architects was selected through Design Excellence Competition required by City Council. Located in the City’s south, opposite the Capitol Theatre, the stepped, infill tower is distinguished by chiselled, concrete ledges and multi-coloured interlay, glass vertical louvres at lower levels. The vertical core and lift system aligns with a 60 metre long public arcade which extends the mid-block pedestrian pathways.
A planning proposal for a high density apartment building in Gerrale Street, Cronulla has been approved by the DoPI. Based on a detailed analysis of existing context and neighbour impacts an uplift to 3:1 FSR and 9 storeys, from 2:1 and 6 storeys, was achieved. Stanisic Architects has now developed the proposal based on a trapezoid plan, split-block form breezeway and external venetian blinds to create the light and breezy environment of a beach house in collective housing. The form is generated by sun access and view planes from the neighbouring building to the south.
ERA has received an AIA Architecture Award for Commercial Architecture. Located in the heart of Kings Cross the project is a split-block form which combines a breezeway and public arcade to create both breathing access walkways for occupants and permeable public though site way. The breezeway is covered by a unique, stepped glass roof that provides protection from the rain, light and airflow. The project was designed for the Hayson Group.
A modest development of 17 units at Alison Road, Randwick has been approved after 4 years which included two successful applicant L+E determinations – appeal by the applicant against Randwick Council for refusal and subsequent defence by the applicant against L+E appeal by Randwick Council. Despite strong support by the Design Review Panel, the modest four storey project on the site of the client’s family home was frustrated by resident objections for loss of view. The project - a passive design with sunlit balconies, cross ventilation and screened gallery access walkways – is a precedent for sustainable, medium density, infill development.
A preferred project plan has been approved by the Planning Advisory Committee for a 16 storey residential, mixed use project at Treacy Street, Hurstville, near the rail station. The project is a hybrid form - slab, tower and street wall fusion - with a large slot and recesses to reduce the building’s visual bulk and capture sunlight to communal open spaces. The northern façade of the slender building is shaded with a ‘metal jacket’ comprising gold, anodised balustrade panels; the southern facade to the railway line has glass enclosed, wintergardens.