The Kensington, Kensington
- Commendation - 2015 NSW Australian Institute of Architecture Awards, Residential Architecture - Multiple Housing.
- Commendation 2015 Randwick City Urban Design Awards
A contemporary, high quality building that maximizes a northerly aspect, provides 100% cross ventilation, and creates a generous north facing ‘pocket park’ for its residents.
The building form is an ‘L’ shape, which creates a large courtyard, facing north. The building’s grid is splayed to create north facing apartments which also are aligned so as to take advantage of views through the buildings. Fundamental to this built form arrangement is the creation of a central courtyard protected from the street, allowing light and breezes to filter through all of the apartments.
This courtyard captures direct sunlight throughout the year. Our design response intends to provide both a streetscape building that addresses the corner, and an adjoining southern wing building which encloses a north facing courtyard. The service core and building lobby is located at the junction between these two building forms.