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The proposal for 371 Princes Highway, Banksia, is a thoughtful response to a diverse urban and industrial environment undergoing rapid transformation.

The proposal for 371 Princes Highway, Banksia, is a thoughtful response to a diverse urban and industrial environment undergoing rapid transformation.

The initial exploration began with a critical examination of the concept of “design excellence” and the subsequent challenge of effectively prioritizing and harmonizing the comprehensive criteria associated with this standard of excellence. The vision for the project was to intricately integrate these ideals while simultaneously addressing economic imperatives, ultimately delivering high-quality residences for future occupants and making a positive contribution to the public domain.

Location:Banksia, NSW
Date:2020
Site Area:1,684 m2
Floor Area:4,210 m2
Density:50 apartments – 342 m2 retail – 700 m2 childcare
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The proposal’s design process commenced with an exhaustive survey and analysis of the existing and desired future context and character of the area. A thorough review of recently approved developments of comparable scale was also conducted to ascertain their effectiveness in either supporting or challenging the existing realities. Drawing from insights on what was working and what was not, the aim was to utilize the concept of building as a catalyst for contextual transformation. This involved a lateral interpretation of planning controls to derive optimal approaches to fulfill key objectives, all while respecting the site’s historical context and amplifying the noteworthy aspects of the Princes Highway.

The resulting design is a genuine exemplification of a mixed-use building that will serve as a foundational element for a dynamic and truly multifaceted town center. This center is envisioned to encompass residential spaces where people live, work, learn, shop, and engage in recreational activities. The design encompasses 50 new residences, a childcare center, a car showroom, and multiple retail spaces for specialty shops. It represents a tailor-made solution for a challenging site, meeting the stipulations set forth by SEPP 65, ADG, and Education SEPP with an elegant yet uncomplicated form, aptly suited to its contemporary context and intended purpose.

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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