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The Homebush mixed-use building is a six-story development located in Sydney, designed to provide a contemporary interpretation of the Parramatta streetscape while respecting the existing vertical terrace patterns.

The Homebush mixed-use building is a six-story development located in Sydney, designed to provide a contemporary interpretation of the Parramatta streetscape while respecting the existing vertical terrace patterns. The building features fifty-five apartments above a ground retail and car display room that fronts Paramatta Road.

One of the key challenges in this project was to incorporate the new building into the existing context of the site, which includes the Homebush heritage theatre to the west, a five-story housing to the north, and a nine-story apartment opposite Powell Street. The design solution takes into consideration the adjacent four-story heritage theatre datum, creating a respectful relationship between the two buildings.

The ground floor of the building is designed to reflect the local context, with the use of red tiles that pay homage to the existing butcher retail building. The building’s façade is also designed to create a human, family-oriented scale that is combined with the notion of density. The design team wanted to create an environment that would be welcoming to both residents and visitors, while also meeting the needs of the local community.

Location:Homebush, NSW
Date:2022
Site Area:1,219 m2
Floor Area:3,920 m2
Density:41 apartments – 212 m2 retail

The design of the apartments in the Homebush mixed-use building is focused on long-term occupation, with opportunities for utility room and storage maximized to allow growing families to expand within the space. The apartments are also designed to maximize natural light, with a single central, open gallery that wraps around the lift. This allows gentle natural light to wash into the space, creating a warm and welcoming environment.

When homes are stacked vertically, communal courtyard and rooftop garden become important places of impromptu interaction and community connection. This project provides these spaces, creating areas where residents can come together to enjoy the outdoors and connect with their neighbours.

The top level apartments in the Homebush mixed-use building are provided with spacious private rooftop gardens. These gardens provide residents with their own private outdoor space where they can relax and enjoy the sunshine. They also provide a place for residents to grow their own vegetables and plants, creating a connection to nature in the heart of the city.

Overall, the Homebush mixed-use building is a great example of how contemporary architecture can be combined with existing heritage structures to create a harmonious and inviting environment.

Fuse Architects acknowledges the First Nations peoples, the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, as the Traditional Custodians of the diverse lands where we live, work, and create. We admire their deep and enduring connections to the land, sea, and community. We are committed to meaningful dialogue, as we work together to honour the past and shape a harmonious future. We pay our respects to the wisdom of their Elders, past, present, and emerging.

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