N O 3 S I L O
Apartment Building & Gym - V&A Waterfront
No 3 Silo consists of a varied mix of 78 Apartments, ranging from 1 Bed to 5 Bed Penthouse and also includes retail at grade.
The design idea for the Silo Precinct simultaneously guided and influenced many of the design decisions made during the resolution of Buildings No 2, 3, 4 and 5. The intention for the Public Realm Urban Space design is twofold: to secure by design the ‘space’ about, and encircling the base, of the 1920’s Historic Grain Silo building and to obviate the ‘condition’ referred to as SLOAP – ‘Space Left Over After Planning’
The idea sought to create a multiplicity of Urban space types. This was reinforced by fragmenting the buildings which enclose the space in order to avoid monolithic and only one dimensional interfaces between the buildings and the Public Realm open space. This intent was overlaid with extensive wind analysis, sun projection studies, anticipated uses and circulation patterns. The proposals put forward that the ‘front doors and addresses’ of each building in the Public Realm, should be clearly identifiable and understood.
With VDMMA being responsible for the design of No’s 2, 3, 4 and 5, this allowed for the simultaneous design development of all the thresholds enclosing the space of the Public Realm. The view was taken that the fragmentation of the surrounding buildings would allow for variety, eschew monotony and it is hoped, allow for the unexpected within the Public Realm.
Developer / Client
Project Manager / Principle Agent
Civil & Structural Engineer
Enabling Works / Principal Contractor
MDL / Kate Mc Luckie
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