MJA obtained DA approval in December 2017 for a unique corner site within Parkside Walk, Jolimont – a joint re-development between LandCorp and the town of Cambridge.
The site sits adjacent to a major diagonal, landscaped, pedestrian pathway and was originally the grounds for a plant nursery up until the mid 1990s. The design seeks to embrace and re-interpret the rich history of the site to create a vibrant residential address for the end users.
A total of 50 apartments are proposed, all being dual aspect and cross ventilated. A number of apartments also incorporate adaptable principles to assist with aging in place.
Double height communal spaces face across a northern landscaped deck with resort style facilities including an infinity edge swimming pool. A sculptural pergola creates a canopy of shade for the communal space and provides dappled light for all year occupation.
The built form language sweeps curvaceously, emphasizing horizontality, along the northern perimeter to address the public pathway. A contrasting façade on the southern side incorporates a more vertical rhythm referencing a townhouse style vernacular for this more private aspect. The apartments rise over 6 storeys ranging from 1 – 3 bedroom options. Strong connections to landscaping, the peeling back of the canopy, blurred lines between light and shade, indoor and outdoor, and emphasis on soft natural finishes bring warmth to the proposal and buffer the connection between public and private spaces.