Baulkham Hills Mixed Use Development
Baulkham Hills, NSW, Aust
- Tony Merhi Developments
- Competition Entry
This mixed use scheme in Baulkham Hills, Sydney, is an innovative solution to a challenging site. The development totals over 30,000sqm of gross floor area, comprised of 121 apartments, nearly 5,000sqm of retail space, over 600 sqm of commercial space, a large supermarket and a public piazza.
Located on the corner of two busy roads, the challenge was to orient development away from the traffic towards the sunlight. To this end, 3D modelling was used to maximise solar access to the public piazza as well into apartments. Along the busy roads, street walls heights gradually rise with the landform and set back are more pronounced. Along the pedestrian precinct the architectural scale has been reduced in keeping with the nearby single dwelling houses. On the south side of the scale of the terraced town houses offers a transition zone between the piazza level and the existing houses on Yattenden Crescent.
Within the internal piazza spaces, lower noise levels and greater privacy generate a more restrained level or articulation. Where apartments extend over more than one level, this fact is reflected by the use of taller external spaces.
For efficiency reasons, the buildings were designed from a limited ‘kit’ of components to better control cost and construction time.