62 Barbara Boulevarde, Seven Hills

The objective of this affordable housing project was to provide a medium density seniors living development for Housing NSW. The development was required to respect the streetscape, scale and built form of its context, embrace Ecologically Sustainable Design principles, require little maintenance and of course be affordable to build and also affordable to live in.

The project consists of 8 two bedroom seniors living dwellings, including 1 for adaptable use, and 4 car parking spaces. The units are easily adaptable to address the needs of an ageing population and assist those with mobility issues. Each unit is designed along a north south axis allowing for cross ventilation and north facing living areas that provide good street surveillance. They are also endowed with ample private open space via both front and rear decks with many being provided with adjustable sliding metal louvered screens for privacy and sun control.

The apartments are distinguished by a facade with stepped recesses, and an interesting roof line that employ a rich base of common but complimentary building materials including face blockwork, face brickwork, painted rendered brick, painted fibre cement sheeting, corrugated colorbond metal walls and metal pergolas and shutters. The elevations are highlighted, and the units individualised, by colourful perforated mesh balustrades adding to the architectural aesthetic.

The project has been designed to high architectural and environmental standards, complying with the NSW Government’s Business Sustainability Index (BASIX) and achieves a six star Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) energy rating. Ecologically Sustainable Design features include photovoltaic cells to power common area utilities, a rainwater harvesting system, low energy light fittings, wall and ceiling insulation and instantaneous gas hot water systems.

 

 

Seven Hills - Barbara Street

Seven Hills - Barbara Street, Entrance