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dark in a hustling, bustling city. “Probably the greatest benefit is the creation
of a traditional urban community and vibrant living and work environment
which, when successful, is an attractor of tenants, residents and users,” says
Edwin. Adds Dirk Collins, Hassell principal: “Mixed-use development can
activate and revitalise its locale, if done well. Residential development over
retail or restaurants will, apart from providing a customer base, make a great
contribution to the after-hours activation and security of the precinct.”
Green rewards Mixed-use developments are generally considered to be
‘green’, thanks to the fact that higher-density housing means people aren’t
so reliant on cars. In the City of Joondalup, Mayor Troy Pickard hopes that
mixed-use development will encourage a reduction in car usage by providing
employment opportunities closer to where people live. “This assists in
improving local sustainability and helps shorten commute times,” he says.
GETTING IT RIGHT
When it comes to a successful mixed-use development that satisfies
investors, developers, tenants and retailers, if the pieces don’t fit,
the development simply won’t work. Architects employ the following
principles to ensure success.
Connectivity Edwin Bollig believes the key to designing mixed-use
developments is understanding the competing demands of the users. “If the
building is not properly analysed and functionally integrated, the results
can impact on the occupants from a lifestyle and enjoyment standpoint, and
even economically if the design does not support the active retail or other
commercial functions of the occupants. Residential users require security
for living in terms of access and car parking separate from other tenanted
and public areas. For example, retail tenants require large rubbish storage
areas, delivery zones, easy public access, illuminated signage and public car
parking, which sometimes conflict with the residential owners’ desires.
“Clearly, to overcome these issues requires sophisticated design outcomes,
which functionally separate conflicting uses, allowing all occupants and
users to enjoy the benefits of a mixed-use development.”
James Christou agrees. “The key to mixed-use developments is to find a
balance in the development between residential, retail and commercial –
whatever it may be – and to ensure appropriate connectivity between all.
TOP Concept art for the Subiaco Markets Development by Bollig Design.
ABOVE The design for the Northwood Rise Development, also by Bollig.
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