Elevated open space for residents creates a separation from the ground floor activity and the co-location of public and private allows for the inclusion of live/work environments. Large scale commercial programs along the podium’s western edge create a buffer between the noise pollution from Punt Road and the small scale residential to the east.
Beginning with the generic typology of towers above a podium, site specificity was achieved through the manipulation of the mass to suit the constraints imposed by view corridors and apartment depths.
- Camilla Burke
Located on the corner of one of Melbourne’s busiest vehicular intersections, PUNTXSWAN is a dense urban village that acts as a mediator between the adjacent infrastructural corridor and Cremorne’s largest residential zone.
Striving for densities similar to those found in international megacities, the project is an experiment that tests the limits of urban densification in a city that craves suburban space.
Programmatic diversity within the podium strives to attract urban life, creating a tension between public and private domain.
PUNT-X-SWAN proposes an ‘urban village’ along the North-Western border of Cremorne. Responding specifically to different levels of scale, it juxtaposes different ways of living, diverse program, and form to create hubs of both low and high intesities. Issues of privacy, inner city living and open space are addressed, whilst placing particular importance on repecting and preserving heritage dwellings which promote the existing
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character of Cremorne. It encourages an explorative approach to architecture, whereby the design strategy is focused toward the experience of the inhabitant, as they traverse amongst different levels, filtering through the precinct toward the centre of Cremorne.
- Jacqueline Cann & Lara Pannuzzo