Sydney housing development inspired by Californian bungalows

SJB and Arcadia have prepared plans for a village-like residential estate on a former industrial site in Ashbury, in Sydney’s inner west.

The development at 165-171 Milton Street would comprise five buildings ranging from three to six storeys containing 76 units and 62 terrace houses.

It will also include a communal open space at the centre of the site complete with a pool and pavilion; a through-site link; and multiple pedestrian connections to improve connectivity to the adjacent Wagener Oval.

The 1.5-hectare site is located on the western side of Milton Street and has a 45-metre frontage. SJB explains in planning documents how the proposed terraces facing Milton Street would be a contemporary interpretation of the surrounding inter-war Californian bungalows.

“They are expressed as a series of detached single storey modules to the street with two storey elements in the background,” the design statement reads. “This provides a calm and consistent rhythm to the streetscape. The terraces have an expressed roof that serrate the skyline, including single and two storey elements.”

165-171 Milton Street by SJB.

The taller apartment buildings will be set back from the road, along the edge of Wagener Oval.

“The existing tree canopy along the Western boundary, at the interface with W.H Wagener Oval, provides a landscaped edge to the boundary,” states SJB. “The scale of these trees means the apartment buildings…will be partially masked by this existing canopy. The trees are a filter to the built form behind.”

Along with the central courtyard, the proposal calls for a series of rooftop gardens and private “edge gardens” that would “stitch the proposal into the neighbouring housing context.”

A now-demolished warehouse building had covered almost the entirety of the site and there is now just a vacant office building on Milton Street, which would also be demolished.

A development application was lodged with Canterbury Bankstown council on 7 July. The project’s developer Coronation Property also plans to develop the adjoining 1.62 hectare property at 149-163 Milton Street.

Source: Architecture - architectureau

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