Scott Carver was invited to participate in a Design Excellence Competition for a residential development in North Parramatta, Sydney. In this, we collaborated with supermanoeuvre as an integrated Architecture and Landscape Architecture proposal. The Competition framework offered an important opportunity for the City of Parramatta and participating teams to propose new innovative strategies that seek to mediate existing low rise neighbourhood fabrics with the imposition of massively increased development scales. A chance to re-evaluate the dominant model of four-to-six storey podiums with overhead towers, towards a more open, imaginative and inclusive ground plane responses that offer extended public infrastructures, programs and permeable links.
Parramatta is culturally and spiritually connected to place for the areas original inhabitants, the Durag people and a critical productive landscape for early European settlement in the support of the new colony. As apartment living intensifies within Sydney along the light rail, it is paramount we create social and community value to avoid the compartmentalisation of people into apartments. This community and social value (and engagement) is through the investment in public open and connected space.
The vision for this project sets out to resolve the challenges of bringing density into a heritage and suburban neighbourhood that is mutually beneficial to all. Our design proposal achieves the realisation of a new, functional and much needed public park. The move not only provides amenity for our building’s occupants, but also to neighbouring properties ensuring a mutually beneficial outcome to existing and prospective residents. It provided a sustainability strategy,
We respected the adjoining heritage building by giving it space and liberating the space below, almost like an exclamation mark. By creating a park for the community, we provide a foreground for the building. A green ground plane.