Located within the rapidly transforming Hobsonville precinct, Creative Arch has worked alongside Mike Greer Homes in the master-planning, design and construction of this new, exciting development.
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Located within the rapidly transforming Hobsonville precinct, Creative Arch has worked alongside Mike Greer Homes in the master-planning, design and construction of this new, exciting development. Seen from the major Upper Harbour Motorway, with a new eye-catching yellow pedestrian bridge, the 41-unit development is the first of three stages. This made it paramount to maintain visual interest and intrigue throughout the development. The attractive and practical architectural outcome embodies the principles of resilience, adaptability and cost-efficiency all considered in the design process.
The development has advanced in the first stages across 6 blocks with a mixture of two and three storey housing typologies. With forty units, a modular design style was employed favouring construction speed and ease. A variety of different architectural features and roof forms were employed to break up the box forms and generic multi-unit typology prevalent in the surrounding area.
Aesthetically, each block has a distinctive treatment, with modern interpretations of building form, planting and surface treatment. End-units were treated as feature book-ends to each block, with pergolas, eyebrow shading, and louvres to provide alternating definition to the functional form and layout.
A variety of surface treatments including bagged brick with cedar cladding contrasted with dark NuWall metal cladding and Linea weatherboards were used.
The key design feature was providing a diversity of housing typologies with a sensitive consideration to the human scale. It was important to define the development from other developments in the area and between blocks and even from unit to unit. With a modular style to the development, multiple creative solutions were necessary to break up the repetitive forms.
A rich and varied material palette provided much needed contrast and textural complexity between units and blocks. Texturally rich materials like horizontal cedar cladding and white bagged brick have been used in unison with clean and simple Linea weatherboards and vertical metal cladding.
The design favours strong and bold lines, in order to conceal the modular box form of the floor plans. Guarding against standardisation of bulk and form, hidden internal gutters were avoided in favour of broken-up roof forms alternating between hip, gable, and low-pitch roofs. Glazing maximises views on the shared lanes with vertical louvres and prefabricated eyebrow window heads and sills which emphasise the pure lines, and provide privacy within the development.
Further visual interest was achieved through pergola structures and extended wing walls breaking up vertical height and articulates the housing setback from the shared lane. The white timber pergolas act as extrusions to the basic box forms, and play a vital role in shaping the massing of major elements.