Location: Homebush, NSW
The 2030 Master Plan for Sydney Olympic Park is predicated upon enriching the urban core of this sports and recreation precinct with a high energy, high density living and working overlay.
The site for this high density residential development is close to the Railway Station and has excellent views in all directions, but is characterized by proximity to the rail alignment and a geometry that required the 30 storey towers to have primarily east and west orientations.
TCA was short-listed for the design excellence competition, and proposed a pair of towers that maximized livability of the apartments by splitting the plan into three articulated vertical shafts around a lower central core. This tactic reduced the visual form of what are large floorplate structures, with up to nine apartments per floor, and allowed many opportunities for natural cross ventilation, good solar exposure, and orientation to views.
The site plan concept was carefully devised to keep the towers 20 metres from the rail line, in order to avoid mandated enclosure of balconies, minimize acoustic impacts, and to create a cost effective car-park clear of the tower footprints.