Creating a vibrant, desirable and memorable affordable housing precinct.
Blackwattle is a demonstration of affordable housing that is contemporary, high-quality and innovative.
Client City West Housing
Date 2016 - 2020
Site area 1,965 sqm
Location Glebe, NSW
GFA 8,020 sqm
Indigenous Country Gadigal
Blackwattle Apartments is an affordable housing project with a focus on providing rental housing for people on very low to moderate incomes so that they can be close to jobs, support services and other local amenities.
The project embodies our passion and commitment to designing a sustainable and affordable community where residents feel proud of where they live.
Beneath the 99 rent-subsidised apartments, ground floor retail spaces take advantage of the Bay and Wentworth Street frontages providing an active public domain interface.
A variety of personal and communal spaces have been integrated into the roof terrace clustered around the edible landscape, lawn area, feature tree and ‘cloud’ pavilion.
We found inspiration in the built form found in the immediate area. Ultimo is typified with large warehouse buildings, industrial facades, repetition in openings and roof forms.
Glebe on the other hand is smaller in scale and has individual buildings that are ornate in detail, include patterned brickwork and decorative ironwork.
The unique position that the site holds between the two distinct urban and suburban built environments enabled us to draw upon this duality in building vernacular.
The composition of the overall building utilises the fundamentals of the warehouse typology – order, efficiency and form whilst the detailing of masonry and steel balustrades provides expression to individual apartments – a reflection of the housing typology in Glebe.
“The project embodies our passion and commitment to designing a sustainable and affordable community where residents feel proud of where they live.”