/ WATERLOO APARTMENTS 2015

Multiple residential development

Chenchow Little won first place in an invited City of Sydney Design Excellence Competition for a major multi-residential development in the Lachlan Precinct of Waterloo. The building is uniquely sited with a northern frontage overlooking Dyuralya Park and highly visible facades on all sides. Dyuralya Park will be the centrepoint of activities within the Lachlan Precinct and our Waterloo Apartments proposal provides an exciting and elegant backdrop to this setting.

The design proposal is strongly based on the site context, which was originally dominated by wetlands. The nearby Woolwash Park Pond is the last remaining remnant of this landscape and connects to the vast aquifer below the site. Dyuralya Park is named after the aboriginal word for brolga, a wetland bird. Our response manipulates the standard concrete gridded structure of a residential flat building to define a distinct base and top whilst also replicating the traditional stilt structures of wetlands through an expressed structural system, culminating in a leafy roof-top canopy with lush planting. This canopy provides a clear identity to the building and visually extends the look and feel of the park and landscape into the building.

The resulting design has sought to balance the requirements of the many interest groups, along with the inherent challenges of the site and council controls, as well as optimising opportunities within the public realm and interface of the building with the surrounding area.

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DATE: Competition and Development Application 2015
VISUALISATION: Doug & Wolf and Ales Javurek