24 June 2013 — Cox Rayner Architects has won the Harry Marks Award for Sustainable Architecture for its Constance Street Affordable Housing development at this year’s Queensland State Architecture Awards.
“The designers of the building have used simple planning techniques and humble materials in an adventurous way in order to create a unique accommodation offer and building solution,” said the Australian Institute of Architects citations. “Cross-ventilated units alone make this a terrific solution, but the addition of well-scaled and considered communal spaces makes this a valuable award winner.”
The 10-storey mixed-use building comprises eight levels of residential apartments, and also includes office space and indoor/outdoor communal spaces.
The office component is on the first two levels and is fully glazed both to maximise light penetration and to provide a visually active frontage.
The affordable housing has been planned into two distinctive blocks capitalising on orientation and views to Green Square and Fortitude Valley. All the units are naturally ventilated. The residential component is predominantly targeting single and couple households due to the demand for affordable accommodation, particularly among low income workers.
A large open atrium area is present throughout the eight residential levels providing natural light and ventilation, and a sense of community.
Lambert & Rehbein were engaged to provide Structural and Civil Engineering services for the project.
Coorey Library by Brewster Hjorth Architects and the Translation Research Institute by Wilson Architects and Donovan Hills Architects both received a State Commendation for Sustainable Architecture.