Gardens hub Development
John Gollings ©Completed
The Atherton Gardens HUB Development of 152 Social Housing Units sits on Brunswick Street in Melbourne’s first suburb, Fitzroy, providing managed affordable rental housing. High standards of design ...
The design and colour choices are key components of the contemporary statement it makes about desirability, and a warm and stimulating domestic building.
The building sits directly on Brunswick Street, firmly locating itself within the neighbouring heritage streetscape, rather than setback within the housing estate like the tower blocks.
Its design idea comes from studying the surrounding Victorian terraces. Like them, the project has a formal masonry front façade and an informal rear. The colour choices are integral to conveying this design idea. The ‘woven’ appearance of the brickwork pattern is textural and warm and uses inlayed brick and exposed concrete to create a woven effect that pays homage to the surrounding patterned brick buildings. The green coloured ‘cut outs’ in the flat brick facade break the expanse of the building, acknowledging the rhythm of the street and drawing the eye along the building.
Behind the Brunswick Street façade, the formality of the façade becomes decidedly informal like the rears of Victorian buildings, where ordered and decorated fronts give way to a collection of out buildings. At Atherton, a series of projecting brightly coloured seraphic glass balconies scattered on unadorned precast concrete panels creates an exciting, informal domesticity. Respecting budgetary constraints, five standard Viridian colours are playfully used to create shimmering counterpoints and individual identity.