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Harpa Apartments, Little Bay
by Architects Johannsen + Associates



1. Conceptual Framework In response to its unique coastal setting and heritage-listed neighbours, the design creates apartments with generously scaled outdoor spaces that maximise a favourable aspect with coastal and park views. The use of contemporary architectural details and contextually inspired finishes complements a strongly modelled and visually dynamic design that incorporates passive energy features. 2. Public + Cultural Benefits With the unit mix, size and distribution, there is a range of accommodation provided to support a range of different market needs. The site location, close to the future village gateway and associated retail and amenities, will provide residents with good opportunities for easy access to shopping and social interaction, and the close proximity of Little Bay and nearby golf courses will offer a high level of recreational activities. 3. Relationship of Built Form to Context The project design developed in response to a predetermined site envelope within the overall masterplan site, and to its' immediate surrounds including heritage listed buildings of the former Prince Henry Hospital and the new public open space of Macartney Oval. The curve of Macartney Oval, immediately to the north, is reflected in the main crescent form of the building. All of the apartments open plan living areas open on to large outdoor balconies and terraces fronting the oval and providing an active backdrop to the oval. 4. Program Resolution The 19 units include 5 x 3 bedroom units, 13 x 2 bedroom units and 1 x 1 bedrooms,

with basement car park. The ground floor of 5 x 2 bedroom maisonettes are bookended by a 2 & 1 bedroom apartments and open onto large terraces. The elevated ground floor offers a visual buffer from the park without diminishing the unit outlook. Circulation based on a dual lift configuration allows all but 4 apartments to have frontages on opposite sides and cross ventilation. 5. Integration of Allied Disciplines Structural challenging transfer structures above car park and above top floor of the maisonettes while keeping within the height limits. Landscape selection of plants requiring minimal watering, landscaped pedestrian entry designed to complement and have direct visual links with the adjoining site. 6. Cost/Value Outcome All consultants liaised closely with the developer to deliver a building that met the budget cost plan while maintaining standards of finish and fitout to satisfy market expectations. 7. Sustainability A range of strategies have been incorporated to minimise energy consumption, reduce environmental impacts and avoid waste. The floor layouts ensure individual units have benefited from natural light, through ventilation and good solar access. Solar hot water has been provided and photovoltaic cells have been installed on the roof to feed solar power into the power grid. 8. Response to Client + user needs 'AJA have realised our vision for the Prince Henry estate by delivering an architecturally exquisite building, and have exceeded our expectations.' Grant Flannigan Stockland Project Manager

Architects Johannsen + Associates
Project Team
Project architect: Andrew Pell
Design architect: Jon Johannsen
Developer: Stockland
Structural consultant: Simpson Design Associates
Electrical consultant: George Floth
Mechanical consultant: George Floth
Hydraulic consultant: George Floth
Landscape consultant: Oculus
Interior designer: Pyke Design
Acoustic consultant: Vipac
Environmental consultant: Cundall Johnston & Partners
Builder: Southern Cross Constructions
Builder: Southern Cross Constructions
Photographer: Robert Fretwell
Photographer: Robert Fretwell

Photographs by Robert Fretwell & Robert Fretwell, text by Architects Johannsen + Associates

Link directly to this award entry: is the website of The Royal Australian Institute of Architects