On an underutilised site in Adelaide's CBD this project consists of 146 apartments for Housing SA, including 30 Youth Services apartments. The composition stems from international maritime flag signals. The flag for the letter L, when used in isolation, indicates ‘you should stop, I have something important to communicate'. The tectonic massing of the building relating to Youth Services, emulates this signal - serving as a subtle reminder of the importance of this facility and environmental sustainability.
Abutting the 1840s Queen's Theatre, this 6 Star Social Housing Initiative uses innovative design to deal with it's context, in particular the acoustic issues of the Theatre and live music venue immediately across the street and the heritage impact upon the Theatre. This project has been challenging on so many fronts including timeframes which required a costed concept design in an incredibly compressed timeframe. Green gardens are integrated at every level at the ends and midpoint of the corridors to provide landscape and a focus that would be expected in a more traditional low scale development. The original design has been further enhanced with roof terraces along the Waymouth Street podium activating and greening these often underutilised spaces.
The project was a joint venture with Bird dela Coeur Architects and is now in construction with the first above ground works occurring and it will progressively start to emerge on the city landscape and change the standard for integrated social housing in the process.