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