Highrise

This project presents a new model for residential towers with increased density by maximising the economies of scale present in the high-rise typology.

Apartments are designed as flexible spaces, utilizing moving walls to define rooms as the occupants require them. By this method, the brief was doubled to a total of 636 units. The increased complexity of construction is offset through the standardization of three prefabricated modules: wet pod, bed pod, and living pod. The width of each module is limited to 3 meters to permit delivery via the train line adjacent to the site.

The program is broken into three towers linked by external fire stairs to reduce the buildings bulk and increase ventilation and sun access. Privacy is controlled through external louvres, which in turn animate the facade and form a continuous skin belying the buildings prefab nature.

The increased density removes the need for a second tower on the site, creating a large urban room to complement First Fleet Park. This connection is further strengthened by the addition of the Sydney Centre for the Moving Image. The program is tucked below ground, maintaining its presence in the undulating surface of the plaza.

Master of Architecture
4th Year, Semester 01
University of Newcastle

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