In 2017,Collins andTurner was invited to participate in a City of Sydney design excellence competition for Block D at the Ashmore precinct in Erskineville for developer Greenland and GH property.
The project comprises a grouping of six terraced town houses to be located west of a soon to be completed public park.
The concept for the form of the terraces simply references traditional terrace house forms of the area.The vertical rhythm of masonry is balanced by glazing and metal details to a similar extent as found in cast iron lace terraces.The vertical elements are deliberately made irregular to provide differentiation between the houses and a playful composition.
The terrace house designs are flexible to cater to a variety of households, including Gen Y share housing, multi-generational living, and Airbnb separable accommodation.
The proposal involves a landscaping installation, to be developed with a local artist, that invites kookaburras, with carved tree hollows salvaged from the large trees to be
felled at the site of the terraces, bird baths, and worm farm litter for feed.The kookaburras would bring an early morning soundscape to KookaWalk, in memory of the Mettres company, and iconic Early Kooka stove brand, whose factory was formally located on the site during it’s industrial past.