Carter Williamson Architects

Shepherds Bay

Design Excellence Competition, Shepherds Bay  NSW

Carter Williamson were selected to collaborate with Architectus in this invited design excellence competition. The subject site is the last to be developed in the Shepherds Bay precinct – a 10 stage masterplan to convert this existing industrial area in Ryde into medium density residential housing. Our brief was to design a hybrid building that accommodated four levels of basement parking, two storeys of commercial retail and a podium/tower of residential dwellings over.

The subject site is located on the edge of the Parramatta River, adjacent to the Ryde Bridge, and enjoys expansive river views to the south. It is impacted heavily by traffic noise from the busy Church street arterial road adjacent. Our proposal sought to maximise views and solar access while buffering the dwellings from noise. This was achieved through a raised podium courtyard and verandah, which addresses the quieter western street frontage. Street edges are activated through various retail functions and the creation of a new riverfront site through link. A variety of communal open spaces are located on rooftops, providing amenity for residents and providing a softness to the building.

Responding to it’s greater metropolitan context, the proposal creates an urban marker along the great Parramatta River, a “gateway” to Ryde and a symbol of intense urban living. Inspired by the adjacent Ryde Bridge, the proposed building reads as one unfolding form, with clearly articulated structure from base to top. Subtle variations to massing and language accommodate the proposal’s various uses, orientation and specific internal requirements.

Carter Williamson Architects in collaboration with architectus. Visualisations by Doug & Wolf, Architectus, Carter Williamson Architects.