Welsh and Major has won a design excellence competition for a multi-storey industrial warehouse and commercial complex in Sydney’s St Peters.
The site, at Burrows Industrial Estate at 1-3 Burrows Road, is located close to to Port Botany and Sydney Airport. With a 260-metre-long facade, the scale celebrates the “heavy transport and logistics nature of the development,” the architect said.
The competition panel commended the proposal’s “singular curved, sweeping built form and facade” and its “strong contextual response”. The facade will create a “crisp, curved silhouette against the sky” that will also transform into an “illuminated artwork at night”, the design statement read.
Three-storey circular truck ramps will bookend the facility, each topped with a rooftop garden to break up the bulk and scale of the building.
Welsh and Major said the proposal is an emerging typology in Australia, with three levels of warehouse, a seven-storey office building, a cafe, conference rooms, end-of-trip facilities, rooftop gardens and wellness facilities.
“The office building is raised over the truck access and carved away at the rear to create a second curved facade that wraps around the northern ramp,” the design statement read.
“These are large buildings that are an essential part of contemporary life,” said principals Chris Major and David Welsh. “Design excellence, acknowledging and designing for Country, and best practice sustainable initiatives make this an important project for our city.”
The facility for property group Goodman would be powered by a two-megawatt photovoltaic array, enabling a development with net zero embodied carbon. It will target a 5-star Green Star rating and a 5.5 NABERS rating.
Source: Architecture - architectureau