Completed in 2017 for developers JQZ, the Sam Sing Street residential project includes a mix of apartments and retail, contained within a 20 storey apartment tower and two 4 storey mixed-use structures.
The design, carried out in collaboration with Environa Studio seeks to establish a new typology for high density living in the inner city – a garden tower.
The distinct tower form is subdivided into two volumes over its full height. The northern and southern blocks are connected by a series of open-air landscaped lobbies, orientated east-west. The lobbies become terraces and allow daylight and fresh air into the heart of the building. Every 4th floor, the lobbies are extended with a larger planted space to form sky gardens – dramatic 12m high spaces which include a range of mature planting as well as recreational space for the residents. The location of the sky gardens alternates between east and west elevations to provide a variety of distinct landscape experiences with different plants, views and microclimates over the height of the tower.
Roofs to the tower and low rise buildings are additionally landscaped, with green roof treatments, and programmed with additional amenities including an external kitchen, recreational family space, and a city farm – a produce garden growing fruit, vegetable and herbs benefiting all of the residents.
At ground level the tower is entered through a semi-covered rain forest garden, with the entry lobby providing a direct view from the street through to a communal open space planted as a paperbark forest.
The project includes a variety of different apartment and unit sizes, including terraces and town houses in the low rise structure. 3 retail units are located in the mixed use structure facing Archibald Avenue .
The external form of the tower is characterised by the garden’s voids, and a high performance facade including external perforated mesh sun shading in a palette of different colours.
- Collaborating Architects
- Environa Studio
- Urban Planner
- Sediment and Erosion
- ABC Consultants
- Stormwater and Flood
- C & M Consulting Engineers
- Colston Budd Hunt & Kafes
- Waste Management
- Elephants Foot
- GAT Associates
- Cheung Access
- Dix Gardner Group
- Newton Fisher Group
- Richard Glover, Peter Bennetts