* This project was under the design direction of Stephen Cameron while previously working at Hassell.
Client: Wesley Mission Brisbane
This proposed development at the major satellite hub of Chermside on Brisbane's north is for a 20,000sqm NLA office tower suitable for a large tenant organisation. In addition, a further 2,000sqm NLA is to be created as a new workplace intended for the client's on-site staff.
These areas are to be located in separate buildings which share common facilities, as well as ground level pedestrian access and on-site amenities.
The surrounding context includes an established aged-care and retirement living community which features a number of heritage buildings, including a chapel known as "The Sanctuary", and a generous garden known as the "Village Green".
In developing the site strategy for this development, the key objectives were to reinstate the historic visual link from Gympie Road to the Sanctuary; extend the Village Green into the heart of the site; protect Village Green from the harsh arterial road context; and to orient the built form in order to take advantage of local and distant views, as well as solar orientation.
The historic Wheller Gardens Settlement was predicated on the idea of semi-independent aged care based around small communities or settlements, set amongst pleasant gardens. By extending the Village Green deep into the new development, uninterrupted views of the Sanctuary are achieved across a landscaped green and additional amenity is provided for the occupants, visitors and staff on the site. The development is carefully crafted to give definition to the landscape, as is the outlook from the proposed creche, office and retail development, in stark contrast with the major arterial road adjacent.
The Village Green is wrapped in a protecting edge of creche, office and retail ensuring its amenity and further protecting the Sancturary with a physical buffer to Gympie Road. The environment becomes contained, peaceful and deliberately focused around the activities abutting the green.
Consolidating the primary tower to the south of the site opens views to the north and allows light gain deep within the floorplate. Views to the south of the site as far as Brisbane CBD from level 5 above and east to Moreton Bay and west accross the settelment are desirable. The program is wrapped around a central courtyard, establishes views through to the Village Green and Sanctuary beyond.