Amara, Booragoon

Mixed-use, Multi-residential, Retail, Urban design / master planning

  • Project

    Mixed-use commercial, retail and residential development

  • Services

    Architecture, interior design, urban design

  • Location

    Booragoon, Perth

  • Client

    TRG Properties

  • Date

    DA approved 2015

City Gardens is a mixed-use commercial, retail and residential development in Melville that will become the gateway to the Melville City Centre. The project will create an activated urban form for the precinct on under-utilised land currently occupied by a carpark. The development’s scale, rhythm and texture responds to the City Centre’s desired urban character as defined in the Melville City Centre Activity Centre Structure Plan.

A 3-storey podium contains concealed car parking and is sleeved on the ground level by commercial tenancies. Two apartment towers rise above the podium to the north and south, designed with regard to views, solar orientation and prevailing winds. 67% of the upper level apartments are located on corners, providing dual aspect and no solely south-facing apartments. On the roof, an extensive photovoltaic array will harness solar energy for the provision of common area light and power.

Residents’ amenities on level 3 of the podium include a communal dining area and gymnasium, both opening onto to a landscaped 88 metre verandah connecting the two residential towers. The double-volume height of the residents’ amenities is designed to separate the podium from the upper levels. A mix of one-, two- and three- bedroom apartments encourages an inter-generational community of residents.

An activated streetscape features seating, bike racks, an art wall, and new hard and soft landscaping. An internal driveway to the carpark also provides a pedestrian connection to an existing lakes area.

Identified as a TOD location due to its easy transport access, City Gardens will become a vibrant place to live, work and visit.