Located on the fringe of Sydney’s CBD in the suburb of Alexandria, the site adjoins the former railway maintenance and storage known as Eveleigh, now known as Australia Technology Park, the largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts centre in Australia.
The design responds to SEPP 65 requirements, which concentrates on environmental aspects such as solar access and cross ventilation. The North boundary of the site adjoins an existing building of similar height, making good solar access difficult. The roof-scape encourages solar access to the living rooms via sawtooth skylights and cross ventilation through the stack effect to the two bedroom maisonettes on the west. This also provides passive heating/cooling to single facing apartments. The East façade, with a slightly better orientation, achieves solar access for at least 3 hours.
The sawtooth roofs with clerestory and the masonry curved wall is reminiscent of the industrial history and heritage buildings in close proximity however embracing the modern impression with the maintenance free façade and abstract yet systemized window arrangement.
The structure consists of 28 units and a ribbon of retail activating the building at street level. Landscaped common rooftop is a design feature encouraging resident participation with provided BBQ area and fixed seating furniture overlooking the Vice Chanceller oval in the west. The main challenge was to strategise around the NSW Rail easement, located three metres below ground, which prevented basement car parking. This provides an opportunity to encourage a sustainable lifestyle by offering lock-up bike storage for each unit and car share facility.