Lady Bowen Studios Completed 2008 Cost $4.5M
2009 RAIA Queensland Architecture Awards - Queensland State Award for Residential Architecture: Multiple Housing.
The 34 studio apartment building, which includes 5 disability accessible studios, is the third and final stage of the Lady Bowen Complex at Spring Hill.
The client’s key requirements for this project was to:
- provide as many low cost, affordable housing for the homeless and disadvantaged on the site as possible. The design yielded 20% more units than what was previously anticipated for the site.
-design a building that would respond to the Wickham Terrace streetscape- a heritage listed building to the west and a ‘modernist’ apartment building to the east.
The basis of the plan is a series of small, simple bedsit studios off an internal street. The street provides ventilation, safe circulation and views (especially south to and across to Roma Street parklands). The approach provides articulation of the building mass relating it abstractly to the adjacent heritage buildings (as they will when the verandas re-instated). Environmentally sustainable principles such as passive thermal design, water storage and energy use were designed into this apartment building. The response from the client has been positive from a livability and maintenance point of view.