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As the first apartment building to be designed and built under Bankstown Council’s new Yagoona Town Centre plans, this development presented the opportunity to establish a benchmark. The new apartments have been designed with an eye to future urban development whilst remaining sympathetic to the current context. Of foremost concern was achieving a high level of residential amenity, and ensuring this amenity into the future. It was, therefore, important to remain cognisant of potential impacts of the higher density developments planned in the town centre. All of this was undertaken in a context where consideration of broader issues of urban design, amenity, delight, and architectural expression are secondary to the conventions and tighter budgets commensurate with developments in western Sydney.
A generous shared landscape contributes to both the amenity of site and streetscape alike. Strong volumes are punctuated by bold panels of colour and deep shadows play within the recesses of the loggias and across textured concrete with the sun’s movement. Apartments are thoughtfully planned with the majority of habitable rooms arranged around recessed balconies or loggias. In turn, these loggias provide both oblique and direct solar access and outlook, improved privacy, along with improved opportunities for natural ventilation.
*Team* Architects: Michael Lewarne, Angelo Korsanos
Drainage is often the forgotten workhorse of the building and design function. Yet drainage maintains a simple albeit vital purpose.