Last year saw a continuation in precinct-orientated architecture and construction ventures in Australia, and it appears this year is set to follow in its footsteps.
Industry efforts are now going further than just focussing on a single building at a time; they are constructing entire communities, in both rural and urban locations. Not only does this industry movement offer the chance to reduce our urban sprawl, it also offers to shake up our cities’ traditional aesthetics in a high impact manner.
Gaining both momentum and attention at the moment is Queensland’s Hamilton Harbour precinct and the stunning design for its ‘Riverside Tower 3′. The $500 million dollar venture, being put together by Leighton Properties and Devine developers, will feature three striking multi-residential towers and two commercial towers, in essence heralding the creation of a micro-city 6km out of Brisbane.
The overall design foundation for the towers is contemporary living, with an emphasis on technological and public transport incorporation.
“(The design includes) contemporary finishes, state of the art communication and entertainment technology,” say the developers, “innovative alfresco balconies and dedicated IT alcoves resulting in modern sophistication”.
In addition to the one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom apartment complexes, 1000 sqm of residential parkland, an urban village including boutiques, bars and restaurants in addition to a gymnasium and numerous transport infrastructure facilities will be included in this highly modern urban community.
The question is, however, why the increasing shifts from single structures, to precinct planning?
The answer is obvious.
The concept of precinct development has taken off around the country as a way to respond to our increasing population size, which is causing high levels of urban sprawl around our major cities.
Clever precinct development enables architects and developers to holistically make changes now in order to cater to a future growing need, as well as extending the boundaries of CBDs, stimulating economic growth for both the area and the industry members involved. It also allows for industry members to develop an entire lifestyle, rather than one building, allowing design options and innovation to increase exponentially.