Gibbon Street is a mixed-use development of social and affordable living units, aiming for an average 7 Star NATHERS Rating.
Gibbon Street is a mixed-use development of 160 social and affordable living units in a tower form with retail and commercial space with the project is aiming for an average 7 Star NATHERS Rating. The design draws from prevailing elements of the surrounding Redfern streetscapes including delineation and varied heights in podiums.
The design varies in materiality and footprint with vertical breaks introduced to break down the massing of the block into slender compartments to create a visually inviting facade and an appropriate overall proportion. Classic brickwork in the podium grounds the lighter concrete tower with darker concrete indents to create strong definition and contrast.
Communal spaces on levels three and 17 will provide amenities for families and children living within the complex. A community room opens out onto a BBQ space and adjacent children’s play space with artificial turf covered mounds and tunnel, teepee tent, story-telling circle and balance beams.
In response to historical and cultural context, the proposal includes indigenous heritage artefacts and materials that are significant to the streetscape of the Redfern area. An artwork by indigenous artist Joe Hurst has been integrated into a paving design proposed for the buildings forecourt.
Gibbon Street aims to be a vibrant development that activates the street and welcomes the public to the park directly to the north of the site.