Arcadia Landscape Architecture worked on the award-winning landscape design for The Platform, which provided 88 designer affordable housing appartments for essential city workers on lower incomes.
Located in the distinctive Carriageworks Precinct at North Eveleigh, the project was for CityWest Housing, a not-for-profit specialising in providing quality, affordable housing.
The interpretation of the immediate surroundings was a key driver in the formation of the design approach. The post-industrial aesthetic of the Carriageworks precinct has been imbued into the character of ‘The Platform’ landscape. The contextual ecological communities also informed the proposed planting typologies for the various character zones across the site.
Once the team realised the potential for the existing original elements left on site from its previous industrial use, they jumped through hoops to repurpose and recycle the materials.
The result is a range of decorative and useful elements, made from salvaged timber beams, repurposed machinery and recycled train platform seating and ticket stamps, which give authenticity to the design, as well as a providing a cost-effective and sustainable solution.
The result is a setting that connects residents to the unique heritage of The Platform site whilst contributing to the social atmosphere.
Residents are able to make use of the central courtyard, with seating, turf and communal vegetable garden; the roof terrace, with city views and outdoor kitchen; seating with ample solar access along the streetscape and an urban forest which encourages biodiversity in a post-industrial area of Sydney which traditionally has a constrained ecological integrity.