Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Alpha Units in Lewisham, Sydney by Tony Owen Partners
June 29th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Tony Owen Partners
Construction will soon commence on the Gosford Quarries project by Tony Owen Partners. This project consists of 23 town houses on the Harbourfront of Sydney’s historic inner west. This area is traditionally a working port and the origin of Sydney’s tough working class neighborhoods. The site is formerly the Gosford Quarries sandstone facility which built much of Sydney’s historic houses and is a remnant of the working port. The linear site adjoins the light rail lines with spectacular harbour views.
Maintaining views from surrounding houses and the street is important. The project has been sighted below the view line along a sandstone cliff. The roof of the dwellings will be planted as a continuous green roof. The roof will contain a range of native species and habitats. This green space will provide an additional amenity to the neighborhood as a pleasant park outlook. The dwellings are grouped in 3 clusters with view corridors between them, these gaps allow for additional green Space and break up the streetscape massing.
The apartments have been designed according to the principles established by the scale and grain of the existing urban fabric. The surrounding streetscape consists of rows of similar proportioned and styled 1-2 storey workers housing. The proposal creates a contemporary expression of this traditional terrace form. We use a mixed palette of traditional materials found in the area including sandstone, laser-cut metal screens, timber, darker stone, bronze and glass louvers. A contemporary laser cut screen has been designed based on the geometry of foliage. Like the traditional lattice work in the are, this screen adds grain and detail to the facades.
The railway façade is determined by the need for screening to prevent the throwing of projectiles onto the tracks. This screen becomes a design feature. A sinuous steel structure supports a patterning of glass and timber louvers to create an iconic rich façade expression suitable for a railway side façade. This screen also provides acoustic measures for the residents.
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