Reside on Money – Design WA Inclusion
With Design WA being publicly released in February 2019, it is exciting to see what positive changes these new guidelines will bring to the industry and we are happy to have contributed to the process. A comprehensive consultation process was undertaken by the Department of Planning to determine the new guides, and our Directors Kylee and Adrian were a part of the working group of practitioners who were consulted for the guides. Through our involvement with Design WA, we have a deep understanding for the change in design requirements, and have already been incorporating these good design principles into practice in our designs over the last three years. One of our current apartment developments projects, Reside on Money in Perth, is featured in the Design WA handbook, as an exemplar for the process, and how innovation and sound design principles drive good community outcomes.
The Reside on Monday project introduces a number of elements into the design that will ensure resident comfort and amenity is maximised, whilst reducing the overall building impact on the environment. The development is designed to respond to the existing character of Money Street, while adding to the amenity of the future development of the area. As Money Street evolves over time, the design will be able to transition seamlessly between the old and the new building fabric on the street. The design was developed through consultation with the local government and residents, and fine-tuned based on the responses. Ideas like reducing the bulk onto Money Street and increased landscaping on the building façade, including deep root zones has been incorporated in response to community consultation. The design strives to achieve a number of sustainability objectives, including increased solar energy use, reduced water usage and cross flow ventilation, while using modular construction to restrict the level of waste during the construction process.
The double aspect apartments take into account not only the northern sunlight but also the city views to the south. Sustainable initiatives, including solar tractile panels, geothermal water heating, increased natural lighting to all rooms, cross flow ventilation and thermal banking, electric car charging stations, car and scooter hire is all being included to push the boundaries of sustainability whilst reducing ongoing costs for the lifecycle of the building.
For those who are unaware of what Design WA is, it is an initiative by the WA Government to reform the design planning industry to improve the quality of the built environment. This will see better outcomes for new buildings and communities across the state. This is an important first step to ensure our city and the required increased density to reduce our urban sprawl across Perth is introduced whilst not reducing lifestyle or amenity for residents living within smaller spaces. The approach from Design WA to apartment design is a next-generation response to the concerns about built form outcomes that were coming from the Residential Design Codes to multi-residential design. The new codes will also aim to change community attitudes regarding poor design and built-form outcomes that have somewhat plagued opinions towards higher density in WA.
At present, the first stage of this planning overhaul process has been completed which focussed on the general quality of the built environment, apartment developments & how local governments can set up design review panels. For more information about Design WA, go to this website for a thorough run-through of the changes, the documents released, and future timelines: https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/designwa