Footscray Central Activity District. Melbourne, Australia, 2010

I was part of the project team while working at Hassell, for the design of a new 16-storey mixed-use development in Footscray. The project was part of a joint-venture tender with two other leading architectural firms, who were each allocated a different area of the site to create an overall masterplan for different uses. The proposal was the winning scheme.

Our proposed commercial development consisted of 9 storeys of commercial office space with 7 storeys of residential apartments over, to maximise surrounding city views. The ground floor includes a public cafe` which overlooks the parkland and attempts to encourage pedestrians to interact with the complex, public laneways cut throughout the site encourage this. The perimeter of the ground floor is enclosed by a covered colonnade of giant concrete ‘graffiti letters’, which create a strong visual plynth of ‘urban artwork’ for the tower.

The proposed design follows ESD principles throughout, from rainwater harvesting to the inclusion of wind turbines for energy production. The north and west facades incorporate brise soleil that vary in orientation according to the movement of the sun; the blades on the north facade are horizontal whereas the blades on the west facade are vertical to maximise solar protection and screening.