BLAXLAND TOWN CENTRE

A second CBD is evolving to cater for Sydney’s vast scale and increasing population and changing distribution. Parramatta will form a second CBD to service the expanding west of the city. The growth of Parramatta creates an interesting narrative for the Blue Mountains World Heritage area. The once small and sleepy bush towns strung along the highway will become highly desirable places to live in housing typologies not previously seen in the area. Blaxland is one of a string of such towns in the Blue Mountains preparing for it’s new relationship to Parramatta. Breakspear Architects were asked to image a town centre model with new housing and commercial typologies.

A single strip of two storey mixed-used buildings that fronts the highway with a large rear lot, on-grade parking area was suggested to Blaxland Town Centre. An active pedestrian laneway will offer a prime incentive for existing and future commercial developments to the nearby areas.

 

By Toby Breakspear, Tiffany Liew. For Blue Mountains City Council

SPRINGWOOD TOWN CENTRE

  • A generous public plaza

The Blue Mountains Council approached Breakspear Architects to undertake massing studies of Springwood Town Centre. This bigger picture thinking and modeling focused on the effect of proposed planning controls on the town’s fabric. As part of this project, the Council brief included case study sites, where Breakspear Architects strategised ways of shaping building envelopes to maximise solar access and amenity for the community.

By Toby Breakspear, Tiffany Liew. For Blue Mountains City Council

LUNE DE SAND SHED I BY CHROFI

  • Lune de Sang Shed

Lune de Sang is an unique inter-generational venture that will see a significant former dairying property in northern NSW transformed into a sustainably harvested forest. The Shed structures, both for timber working and storage, are endowed with a sense of permanence.

They have been conceived as ruins in the landscape; ancient concrete and stone structures that have been unearthed and retrofitted for comfortable habitation with crisp glass and steel details.

By CHROFI, Toby Breakspear as Project Architect, John Choi, Steven Fighera, Tai Ropiha, Jerome Cateaux, Clinton Weaver, Linda Lam, Felix Rasch, 2009-2011. Photography by Brett Boardman.

2015 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Awards
2014 World Architecture Festival category winner
2014 Archdaily finalist for World Building of the Year
2014 Australian Institute of Architects, Commercial Architecture Award
2014 Architizer A+ Award, Category Winner

LUNE DE SAND SHED II BY CHROFI

Lune de Sang is an unique inter-generational venture that will see a significant former dairying property in northern NSW transformed into a sustainably harvested forest. The Shed structures, both for timber working and storage, are endowed with a sense of permanence.

They have been conceived as ruins in the landscape; ancient concrete and stone structures that have been unearthed and retrofitted for comfortable habitation with crisp glass and steel details.

By CHROFI, Toby Breakspear as Project Architect, John Choi, Steven Fighera, Tai Ropiha, Jerome Cateaux, Clinton Weaver, Linda Lam, Felix Rasch, 2009-2011. Photography by Brett Boardman.

2015 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Awards
2014 World Architecture Festival category winner
2014 Archdaily finalist for World Building of the Year
2014 Australian Institute of Architects, Commercial Architecture Award
2014 Architizer A+ Award, Category Winner