The site of the Carrington St competition in Marrickville, Sydney, is flanked by a natural feature (the Cook River green network) and cut off from two sides by railway lines. The light industry zone is couched between two historically and culturally mixed low-dense communities with strong local identities (Marrickville and Tempe). Based on Mirvac’s brief and the desire to respond to local conditions, we set ourselves the complex task of weaving those strong yet divergent characters into a medium-high dense precinct to provide a vibrant communal place that reflects all historic elements and overcoming existing connectivity barriers.
A bespoke hybrid design methodology was set up blending a series of 7 digital urban analysis models with 3 digital massing simulations to create a science-based socio-spatial workflow. The analytical models guaranteed a continuous sensitivity analysis for community and citizen requirements while the massing simulations implemented planning controls and explored novel typologies for Sydney based on dense European urban fabric. The concept uses the site as generator paradigm with the morphology of the place blending local historic and topographic elements with behavioural pattern of contemporary demographics.
Over 5 weeks SUPERSPACE managed to craft an innovative high-dense urban structure that stitched the communities across the barriers into highly differentiated qualities of public realm and activations of place to produce a network of iconic spaces. Despite its fast pace and short period, the design won runner-up in 2016 and was commended by the client for its highly innovative and rigorous approach.