December 20, 2018
Podium and Empire at Perry Lakes shortlisted.
Cameron Chisholm Nicol’s Podium and Empire projects for Iris Residential at Perry Lakes have been shortlisted as a finalist by the Property Council of Australia for the 2019 Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards.
Empire and Podium are low-rise, high density developments incorporating a total of 156 dwellings including 123 apartments and 33 townhouses on five lots set among landscaped gardens. Conforming to strict design guidelines, the architecture references the site’s history as the location for the 1962 Commonwealth Games. Podium’s Central curved facade responds to the geometry of the running track, Podium West traces out the axis of the original athlete’s entry tunnel and Empire is arranged around the original stadium scoreboard which has been restored as a resident facility and landmark for the entire precinct. Its northern facade is now a wall of integrated PV cells which power the building.
Dwellings have been designed to maximise solar access, cross ventilation and passive surveillance, and engage with the street level in order to enhance neighbourliness. The delineation of public, common and private areas allows for passive surveillance of public spaces whilst respecting the need for privacy. Podium and Empire are exemplars for urban infill, offering quality apartment and townhouse design located close to existing infrastructure and amenity.