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Metro Residences

Chatswood

The three apartment towers of Metro Residences have re-shaped the Chatswood skyline. The tall and slender buildings, ranging from 27 to 40-storeys with some 550 apartments, also house a landscape podium and community facilities.

The towers slenderness maximises public space around the site and internal apartment amenity. The compact floor plates minimise visual bulk and maximise apartment functionality.

The elegance of the façade is simple and accentuates slenderness. External balconies were included to control wind and create flexible indoor/outdoor living spaces.

The towers mark the geographic centre of Chatswood and its transport hub. The towers express the metropolitan rail network, with symbolic connections to the north, south and west – articulated by the blade roof features that crown the three buildings.

These blades provide a city-wide signal express the broader rail network available to residents and the public. The tower heights and their distinct profile are a focal point in the centre of Chatswood and symbolise the transportation crossroad of a newly connected city centre.

The concept design for the towers was initially developed for a previous developer by a Joint Venture of COX Richardson and DesignInc.

Chatswood Transport Interchange was developed just below the looming residences, making a true testament to transport oriented development. The development of vertical urban living with a train station, bus interchange, shops, bars and restaurants all located within walking distance of the lobby speaks to the successful urban regeneration of Chatswood.

These two projects, in conjunction, are a development that truly caters for the needs of residents. The development offers a morphology whereby residences do not have to use a vehicle to get to work – increasing social interaction, sustainability and healthy living.

 

Awards

2009 Association of Consulting Engineers Australia (2009 Awards of Excellence Silver Award of Highly Commended, Building Category) (2009 Engineering Excellence Award, Infrastructure)

AIA NSW Commendation Urban Design 2015;

CTBUH Finalist Urban Habitat Award Category 2015;

PIA Awards for Planning Excellence ‘Great Place’ Award 2015

Technical Information

City
Chatswood
Year
2014
In Association With
Original Concept with DesignInc
Client
Galileo Funds Management & ISPT
Status
Completed 2014
Key Consultants
COX Richardson (Original Concept by CoxDesignInc Joint Venture), TTW Taylor Thomson Whitting, Structure, Mechanical – DSA – David Shreeve and Associates, Hydraulic – Wood and Grieve, Electrical – JHA Consulting, Landscape – Site Image
Builder
Hutchinson Builders
Cost
$220M
Gross Floor Area
48,000m2 (total for 3 towers)
Photography
John Gollings Photography