Farmer Street Residences
- Freadman White Architects
- Tycorp Constructions
Farmer Street Residences is a covetable offering of four town residences distinguished by multi-faceted sensibilities and impeccable live-ability. Drawing inspiration from the captivating rhythm of Richmond’s inner-urban locale, alongside a design and quality-led sensitivity, these homes singularly identify Richmond as Melbourne’s new prestigious residential precinct. Designed by AIA award-winning architects Freadman White, each home is intrinsically linked to the surrounding environment and reflects a profound understanding of today’s evolved living standards. Grounded by timeless aesthetics resonant a quiet yet distinct luxury, the residences harness a clean contemporary materiality complemented by a refined interior palette.
Existing materials common to the area include brick, render and weatherboard lightweight structures; reinterpretation of this context has not been a literal response, but rather drawing on a collective memory of forms and materials, layered through subtle shifts of formal play, articulated through vertical greenery, timber, steel and concrete.
Moments of delight and detail balance with legibility of form and use; framed double-height voids finished externally in smooth concrete, punctuate the finer grained textural charred timber facades. At their upper levels, outdoor living zones complement this enriched ground plane experience and enhance their local environment.
The project contributed to the community by regenerating an industrial precinct into an area suitable for living. The extensive ground level planting provides street activation, whilst the unique building façade provides visual interest.
The modern materiality adds character to the street and enhances a complementary relationship to the buildings next door. The expansive windows and terraces provide visual observation and passive surveillance, creating an enhanced sense of security to the immediate area.
ESD initiatives such as rainwater harvesting, bicycle parking and solar & wind censored blinds have a positive environmental impact, as well as natural air cross-ventilation Electric car charging.
The project is a unique example of how on a tight inner city site, there is opportunity to maximise yield, product diversity, space and functionality through considered design and early contractor involvement. It shows that if developers and builders work collectively from the outset, the design can be delivered and the outcome realised.
The Builder\’s understanding of how to take site constraints, opportunities, costs, programming and construction sequencing informed the design direction from the outset. Collaboration was key. This reverse approach to design and building minimised programme delays, co-ordination issues on site, budget overruns ensuring the development met its objectives.
The Builder embraced the challenges of an inner urban location with 100% site coverage and tailored a programme to suit. This involved thinking outside the box on how to sequence the order of works, how to procure items in certain sizes that can be easily loaded and maneuvered around site. The builder also investigated prefabricated vs onsite installation to maximise production efficiencies and minimise on-site storage.
The Structural Engineering design excelled in finding solutions to complicated design issues. The ground floor slab was complex due to the split floor configuration of the sunken bedrooms and required intricate folding of forms.
• Exposed concrete ceilings on ground floor emphasises the industrial heritage of the area
• Double height voids above entry provides a sense of space and grandeur when you enter the residences
• Ground level landscaping adds a sense green relief and contrast to the built-up street surrounds and concrete & timber materiality of the facades
• Double glazed expansive windows provide excellent natural daylighting, cross ventilation and visual connection to the outside
• Employment of a thermal chimney effect via the main vertical circulation spine of each home.