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Journey back to the 19th century to see the Northbourne Flats design entries

By johnboy - 31 October 2011 34

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Joy Burch has announced that designs for the Northbourne Flats redevelopment are on public display in Garema House on City Walk.

If you venture down there in person (in the manner of your ancestors) you can vote in a people’s choice ballot.

Earlier this year Ms Burch announced a national design competition to redesign the 1950s complex, and some of the most highly regarded architectural firms in the country submitted entries.

“The submissions range from the complete clearing of the site and erecting new buildings, to the retention and adaption of a significant number of the existing buildings,” Ms Burch said.

“Other schemes bridge over the existing building with new construction or remove the buildings but retain the open space and mature landscaping.”

Community gardens are a feature of a number of the plans with the more adventurous including elevated or roof gardens, green walls and wintergardens and landscaped roofs.

“The redevelopment of the Northbourne Apartments is an important part of the ACT Labor Government’s plans to transform Northbourne Avenue into a sustainable, vibrant precinct.

“A key element of the competition was to create a design that incorporates about 1000 properties, more than triple the current number at 245, while working within existing height restrictions. Other considerations included consideration for the heritage value of the buildings and ensuring environmental sustainability.”

Some of the more comprehensive schemes make a connection to Haig Park and include features ranging from a local library to a gymnasium, swimming pools, bike hire and convenience shopping with cafes and restaurants.

A jury of senior public servants and practicing architects has been deliberating for a week and considering the comments of technical advisors in selecting the prize winning schemes.

The entries are on exhibit in a shopfront in the Garema Court Building on City Walk. Members of the public will have the opportunity to vote for a ‘People’s Choice’ design. The exhibit is open all week from 12pm to 3pm. Ms Joy Burch will announce the winners early next week.

There is a poster set of some of the designs.

The unanswered question is whether the current flats became such a dangerous eyesore due to failings of design, or the personalities of the residents?

UPDATE: I popped in today, there really are a lot of designs on display where the record store used to be next to Sizzle Bento.

on display

I particularly liked the design hidden up the back where the buildings look like they’re constructed already fallen down.

What’s Your opinion?


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Journey back to the 19th century to see the Northbourne Flats design entries
johnboy 3:28 pm 31 Oct 11

I-filed said :

Ahem JB – the 19th century was the 1800s. I think you need to amend the title to refer to the 20th century …

Oh I know what I’m referring to with this consultation model.

Waiting For Godot 3:20 pm 31 Oct 11

Will these flats go the same way as the replacement for Burnie Court? A lot of promises but nothing ever eventuating.

I-filed 3:19 pm 31 Oct 11

Ahem JB – the 19th century was the 1800s. I think you need to amend the title to refer to the 20th century …

Classified 3:16 pm 31 Oct 11

mareva said :

Anyone know if the flats are going to remain as public housing afterwards? Last I heard Burch’s directorate is looking at scattering the public housing out more and Allawah Court, Bega Court and the Currong apartments are all going to be subject to redevelopment same as Northbourne. but not sure if there is a conclusive strategy in place re the future of the public housing tenants. there does not seem to be.

I have some very 3rd hand information that most of the public housing tenants will be relocated away from the city, but a few will stay.

Henry82 3:15 pm 31 Oct 11

Cheap said :

Nothing will fix the flats. They will always end up seedy, dirty, broken and depressing.

Probably agree with you there. imo build housing that is soundproof/bombproof, plant huge trees around it and be done with the issue.

Classified 3:14 pm 31 Oct 11

19th century? Really?

Holden Caulfield 3:09 pm 31 Oct 11

luther_bendross said :

Before I head in to vote, can anyone tell me if any of the designs contained some white tyre swans? I will only vote for white tyre swans.

That’s racist.

luther_bendross 2:58 pm 31 Oct 11

Before I head in to vote, can anyone tell me if any of the designs contained some white tyre swans? I will only vote for white tyre swans.

mareva 2:39 pm 31 Oct 11

Anyone know if the flats are going to remain as public housing afterwards? Last I heard Burch’s directorate is looking at scattering the public housing out more and Allawah Court, Bega Court and the Currong apartments are all going to be subject to redevelopment same as Northbourne. but not sure if there is a conclusive strategy in place re the future of the public housing tenants. there does not seem to be.

Deref 2:08 pm 31 Oct 11

I think the winning design should include a bullozer.

s-s-a 2:06 pm 31 Oct 11

If you venture down there in person (in the manner of your ancestors) you can vote in a people’s choice ballot

How quaint.

It would be kind of cool if the designs were all uploaded to Google Earth (along the lines of the “revised” Melbourne Building of a few years ago).

Stevian 2:03 pm 31 Oct 11

poetix said :

Now this is where a poster displayed to tenants would be appropriate. Are the designs on display in the current flats? The opinions of the people living in the apartments are surely the most important.

The designs are on display on the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.’

KB1971 1:50 pm 31 Oct 11

Where are all the half wrecked Commodores & rubbish piles?

poetix 1:26 pm 31 Oct 11

Now this is where a poster displayed to tenants would be appropriate. Are the designs on display in the current flats? The opinions of the people living in the apartments are surely the most important.

Cheap 12:46 pm 31 Oct 11

Nothing will fix the flats. They will always end up seedy, dirty, broken and depressing.

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