Peddle Thorp Architects commended for colourful entry to Proposition 2065
Proposition 2065 is a two stage design competition that challenged architects to harness the potential of a disused site in St Leonards, Sydney complete with adjacent train station and major road intersection. The following is the entry by Peddle Thorp Architects Melbourne (PTA) + Sustainable Built Environments which received a Commendation. It combines commercial, retail, community and residential facilities in an attempt to merge seamlessly with the existing urban environment, creating a 24 hour precinct for local inhabitants. PTA's proposal reads thus:
The site functions as a circulation hub; designed to interact with the surrounding buildings and spaces, thereby activating the precinct. Retail activities complement existing businesses at the Forum. Provision of commercial space offers the opportunity to consolidate existing healthcare, educational and graphic design uses. The building is offset from surrounding buildings and elevated above the ground plane, creating dynamic edges to the site by generating active spaces inbetween and by activating the existing static laneways.
It offers significant employment capacity with the provision of commercial and retail opportunities, which are supported by a diverse mix of community facilities and amenities. Pedestrian walkways and bicycle paths weave through the site, integrating it into the existing neighbourhood fabric and connecting it to local laneways, the Hospital, St Leonard’s station, the Forum and Talus Reserve. Pedestrian and bicycle movement through Evans Lane to Talus Reserve has been prioritised over vehicular circulation.
The site has been transformed into a dynamic ESD platform which facilitates the sustainable operation of the development. The approach is to firstly reduce energy demand by employing a climate responsive design strategy, then install energy efficient technology and finally, supply demand with renewable energy generated on site topped up by energy from low carbon sources.
The development aims to optimise resource efficiency through the selection of low environmental impact materials, the provision of space for the storage of recyclable waste and the collection of organic waste for use as compost for the community gardens. Affordable housing provides accommodation for key workers associated with the adjacent healthcare and educational facilities, improving social equity.
Architectural Design: Antoine Damery
ESD Strategy: Danielle Mac Cartney, Pratik Shah, Imm Chew, Ben Lornie
Visualisation: Charley Lee & Antoine Damery