a new and adaptable apartment typology

Annandale NSW, 2015

Our Client conceived of Graduate Housing as a demonstration project that sought an alternative to the mass site consolidation development proposed by the NSW Government’s WestConnex rollout for Parramatta Road.

We have taken a single site with just over 8.0m frontage and developed a seven storey ‘light-court’ building concept with eleven highly adaptable apartments. Two flexible retail spaces flank a through-site connection at the ground level.

Each apartment in Graduate Housing has the capacity to operate as a single 2 Bed apartment or, through locking a fire rated door, as two independent Studio apartments. Flexibility in this model provides opportunity for discrete live-in carers, share housing, accessible homes, investor sub-let and so on.

Cross-ventilation and good solar access can be achieved across all apartments, optimised by the central light court and open-air circulation paths. Communal facilities such as the roof-top garden and designated car-share facilities, promote quality of living that compliments the efficient flexibility of the apartments.

Client: Private Developer Services: architecture

Project team: RAW Architects, Adam Russell, Brooke Jackson, Prudence Duncan