Winner of the 2015 “The Sydney Ancher Award for Residential Architecture (Multiple Housing, Australian Institute of Architects).”
“Lowanna is a timely exemplar of a quality low rise, medium density building that shows how urban infill can contribute to the street and community in which it sits” – 2015 Australian Institute of Architects Awards Jury
Interview with architect Marcus Graham
WHAT WAS THE MAIN CONCEPT BEHIND YOUR DESIGN RESPONSE TO THE PROJECT BRIEF?
The site, in a leafy tree-lined street, epitomises the garden city character of Canberra. Central to Lowanna’s concept was the siting of the building within this landscape setting; creating communal outdoor spaces which allow residents to meet, relax and socialise. Vistas are provided through the building between the front and rear gardens so that you are always aware of the landscape around you.
WHAT IS THE CONTEXT OF THE WORK IN TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT WITH ITS PLACE AND THE PUBLIC REALM?
The building form replicates the scale and character of the original duplex dwellings on the site by creating a series of similarly scaled buildings each separated by sunny open walkways. Materials include face brickwork to match the existing streetscape. The garden frontage is maintained as a communal space to ensure a high-quality
AN ANECDOTE OF A MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE ABOUT THE PROJECT
The development team shared a vision to create a quality residential development in central Canberra, demonstrating sustainable design through appropriate urban density and sensible site planning and architectural design. We stuck to our plan and the result is a building which has received nothing but positive feedback from the neighbourhood.
A QUOTE ABOUT THE PROJECT FROM A MEMBER OF THE PROJECT TEAM
After the years of effort to plan and construct Lowanna it is now wonderful to see residents enjoying their new home, and see the interest Lowanna has created in the neighbourhood. On a sunny day people are relaxing on the lawns with their pets; something I don’t see in other developments. The apartments are bright and light. Plants are being placed along the walkways and the character of Lowanna is continually developing. People particularly note the care that has been placed on detailing the project. We suspect in future years there will be added appreciation of the selection of materials will allow the building to age gracefully with little need for ongoing maintenance.
.top floor apartment in the boutique Lowanna complex
.one of only 24 apartments
.54m2 of open plan, light-filled living with reverse cycle split system
.private 23m2 balcony offering unobstructed views to Mount Ainslie and Black Mountain
.prime location in the relaxed suburban zone of Braddon
.award winning design by Architect Marcus Graham
.constructed in 2014 by Monarch Building Solutions
.concrete internal walls with insulation to the outside, utilizing thermal mass and regulating temperatures; absolutely necessary in Canberra
.elegant and thermally-efficient Luxaflex honeycomb blinds
.fully equipped kitchen features dishwasher, oven, hotplate and plenty of storage
.one bedroom with generous built-in wardrobe
.spacious bathroom with floor to ceiling tiles
.convenient European laundry
.excellent storage space throughout
.secure basement parking with storage cage
.north facing, private communal garden
.minutes’ walk into the vibrant Braddon scene
.within walking distance to the City Centre
.easy access to public transport, light rail and bus stops
.previously tenanted at $475 per week
Living size: 54m2 approx.
Balcony size: 23m2 approx.
Rates: $1,524 approx.
Body corporate: $3,440 approx.
24/50 Lowanna Street