The proposed development will provide a built environment suited to the context that responds to the desired future characteristics of the area, while taking cues from the existing context in terms of streetscape, material and landscaping. The site and its environs are undergoing change from a low-scale residential suburb to a higher density residential and mixed-use precinct, incorporating new open space and parks, the catalyst for this being the new Hills Showground Metro Station.
The architecture and materiality of the proposal draws on the local vernacular and landscape/ topography, while responding to a very different scale for future development in the precinct. The architectural design intent and principles are based on a series of interlocking volumes, both in plan and section. These are given a series of familial characterisations that are characterised as Gridside, Parkside and Gardenside.
Gridside responds to the proposed urban redevelopment of the Hill Showground District and the grided structure of the new urban fabric.
Gardenside reflects the lush suburban front yard of the existing context and draws on the thematic ideals of the neighbouring 60s detached houses.
Parkside connects the inside to the outside and maximises the outlook to the adjacent Cockayne reserve.