New York, NY, US


Hampden Road hub

Making a new building on a corner site can play a vital role into the future development of the area. While investigating the potential of how a carefully designed building can contribute towards achieving an attractive, viable and adaptable mix of commercial uses, this project also provides greater housing choices for student accommodation. 

To strengthen and defend the area’s ‘Urban Village’ identity that responds to the small-scale character of place, this new corner development across the road from the University intertwines other commercial uses into its tight parameters, to rouse social interaction along with functional sustainability. Exploiting the corner site with two street entries, the 4, one-bedroom student apartments are accessed from the side street where the car parking is, freeing up the main street entry for a public patio. Within the patio, a collection of small, locally-owned businesses can be accessed, which include a gallery, cafe, barbershop, and a laundromat, along with accessible bathrooms.

This project sets a precedent of how a relatively small-scale, mixed-use building can engage positively with the street. Such a development supports small businesses, while satisfying the demand for affordable housing, functioning from its corner site as a new landmark for the area.

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Status: Unbuilt
Location: Perth, AU
My Role: Designer
Additional Credits: Domenic Trimboli, Architect (Vic.)