It will be 10 years in September since the Big Bang of Redshift’s inception, so we thought it timely to measure ourselves; our intentions, aspirations, ambitions, commitment; against our achievements.
We strive with every project to achieve good amenity. You will find many posts on our website that discuss various aspects of this. In summary, amenity is the qualities that we look for in a good living environment. It is of value to the future occupants of our buildings. Our clients (the developers) have interests over and above these (but we’ll get to that).
So far so good… the road to DA approval is paved with good intentions, the detour to ruin not an option. A smooth enjoyable DA process is not always the lot of an architect, but to date, this has been exactly our experience working on the DA for a BBQ restaurant for a winery in the Hunter Valley. After a very positive meeting with Council, it’s now full steam ahead on developing and improving the design and prepare the Development Application.Read more →
Every now and again a lovely little architectural project comes out of left field, or in this case, out of a Hunter Valley field. We’ve been giving some advice to a small Hunter Valley winery for about a year, with Melissa Wilson Landscape Architects. The advice was mostly related to site planning, construction of new landscape elements and how to re-invigorate the existing winery building, which is essentially a big metal shed, but this was a winery with bigger ideas. This trundled along slowly last year as everyone got their heads around potential strategies, ideas and the scale of what we were dealing with. The internal organisation of the existing building was proving to be a hindrance to the ambitions of the clients and priorities shifted to building a new barbecue restaurant. I said it was a winery with plans.Read more →
This triplex located in Peakhurst in south-west Sydney, continues our interest in projects that increase the density of the city whilst maintaining a high level of amenity to the dwellings. The project is being undertaken for a small developer, who will be renting out the dwellings rather than selling and consequently is seeking an attractive and low maintenance solution. As always, our design takes careful account of the context. Flanked by a single storey villa development to the east and a lumpy two storey duplex a stone’s throw from the boundary to the west a considered site planning strategy was developed. A laminar hierarchy of linear zones is set out from the western boundary with shared landscape (circulation), service rooms, living rooms and private gardens in layers moving from west to east. This enabled overlook to and from the neighbours to be maintained and overshadowing to be minimised and access to sun maximised. Furthermore, it was decided that rather than let the car parking dominate the site, like so many of the neighbouring developments, cars would be parked in a basement and the garaging suppressed.Read more →
Despite everyone’s best efforts there are times when a project, or a part thereof, slips through the cracks in Council’s fine planning system. The Development Application process for the Surry Hills Terrace House 2 was one such moment. We hinted at this failure of the process in our recent blog article Refusal May Offend and specifically in the Failure to Agree section. The article was, in part, inspired by this experience. We have no desire to dwell for much longer on this and it suffices to say that is was by and large a failure of communication. Council failed to advise at pre-DA stage that the changes proposed to the cottages appearance from the street would not be acceptable and accordingly the Application was refused.Read more →
We dropped by the Dulwich Hill Terraces site yesterday to have a look at how construction was going. As always, interesting to see your design materialising at one to one scale. Even more interesting to see how our drawings have been interpreted and/or what has been changed. It’s a formative experience. As with many of our multi-residential projects, we don’t do the construction drawings, only documenting as far as the Construction Certificate. Nevertheless we try to anticipate issues on site and design the project in such a way as to be as economical and easy to construct as possible, as appropriate to the project. We like to think we get these things right more often than not, so it is interesting to see on site what has been changed and how it has been changed. When you start to discuss these changes you do risk sounding like a whinging architect, but it does enables to us to better anticipate decisions and construction issues in future designs. It’s an interesting issue and one we grapple with all the time and probably worthy of a post all of its own in the future. Read more →