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Gardens & Community
Densified Living on the Peninsula

When considering the need to densify parts of Greater Melbourne, particularly within Principle Activity Centres, how can we integrate denser development into a low density city? Frankston is one such Principle Activity Centre requiring housing developments that consider its natural assets and complements this rather than introducing maximum density apartment blocks which visually impose on their surrounds.

This proposal reconciles the existing trends within the area and integrates a medium density housing scheme into its site, enhancing community links. The apartments themselves are experienced with an interplay between the built and the natural.

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Thu Quynh Le
Gardens & Community
2013

Thu Quynh Le

The typical superblock's relationship with its surrounding site presents a physical distance and lack of direct engagement.

The density of the superblock can be displaced horizontally and configured to the specific site. Doing so creates a larger built footprint however with community engagement strategies and program the unbuilt part of the site becomes much more vibrant and inclusive vs. the smaller built footprint and largely disused example of the superblock.

Thu Quynh Le

Apartments are arranged in a split duplex interlocking system which allow for extra access to sunlight and ventilation, multiple orientations of windows and also a heightened sense of experiencing the designed landscape.


Thu Quynh Le

The building volume is split, maximising acces to sunlight in all rooms of each apartment. The central garden becomes a private backyard, an ideal retained form the detached model.

Thu Quynh Le

The plan includes a mix of 1-3BR apartments, and a mix of community related program.

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