Located within Freshwater town centre, our client IPM approached nettletontribe to transform the existing site into a mixed use development of retail and living spaces. Our vision creates architecture which responds to its context, topography and local culture. An interplay between beach culture and contemporary urban living and amenity.
Key drivers were to combine the beauty and openness of the beach lifestyle balanced with provisions for privacy and sense of space for living. The façade and fenestration design makes considered use of full height glass and adjustable folding screens to maximise amenity and optimise balance between privacy and solar control.
Design of the ground level is expressed as a single volume podium form. The active retail frontage is maintained at street interface while above the podium, three separate built forms emerge clustered with residential apartments. Each form is 2 storeys high with separate residential lobbies. The built form is reminiscent of lifeguard towers across Sydney’s beaches as the upper levels are expressed in a simple and modular form, perched above the base, taking advantage of orientation and outlook.