CasbaWaterloo NSW Australia
This project has mastered what is a challenging but increasingly common development type - the mixed use development. Set in a part of Sydney that has seen significant change in the past 15 years it is built in the context of existing warehouses, café, showroom and new apartments, but successfully manages these often conflicting land uses without compromise.
At ground level the public domain is reinforced by a meaningful cross-site pedestrian like focused around a central courtyard, while retail and commercial uses transition the site and manage a significant change in level and flood restrictions.
The residential apartments above have been located to maximise amenity; their generous width allows for large living spaces that open onto expansive terraces and maximise both daylight access and privacy. Skilful design separates the commercial and retail such that maximum privacy is afforded, and from above the apartments are largely oblivious to the busy retail environment below. Extensive planting on the rooftop of commercial spaces provide a pleasant outlook for the residents above as well as acoustic separation.
The project’s success has been driven by a strong directive and partnership between client, architect and interior designers.
The rough and tactile materiality is both consistent with the theme and strongly evokes the heritage of the site and its post-industrial context.
Billard Leece Partnership
2015 World Architecture Festival Awards, Mixed Use - Completed Buildings, Winner
2015 UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence, President’s Award
2015 UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence, Medium Density Development
2015 Australian Institute of Architects’ NSW Architecture Awards, Residential Architecture, Multiple Housing, Award