What is it about a development project that the greatest opportunities also present the biggest challenges? The site for this project is near perfect; an idyllic location nestled beside Moona Moona Creek, backing onto the Jervis Bay National Park and a short walk to Huskisson beach. However, the proximity to the creek meant there was potential for flooding and the location of the adjacent National Park presented the threat of bushfires as well as the need to be sensitive to the native flora and fauna.
The challenges were overcome and the site presented the perfect opportunity to fulfil the owner’s vision for high quality residential units taking maximum advantage of the exceptional location. The buildings were resolved as two ‘wings’ splayed to frame a landscaped entry court with a bbq, play area and pool. Basement parking allowed the visual impact of garages to be eliminated and created a pedestrian friendly streetscape.
The articulation of the building form provides balconies to the 32 units with maximum privacy that benefit from the various views. A discreet palette of materials with lightweight cladding complementing rendered and face brickwork gives further emphasis to the modulation of the façade. The buildings are capped by sweeping monopitch roofs – a nod to the early vernacular buildings of this coastal village.
The developer, Tony Borg, summarised the project saying he achieved, “a sensible design, maximising the use of the site” with “innovation and creativity”. His experience with AEJ was, “a company that cares about their clients needs and give real value for money with great design outcomes”.