LocationBelconnen, ACT
ClientGEOCON (collaboration with Fender Katsalidis Architects)
ServicesLandscape Architecture
Site Area1.6 ha
Date2017 - 2018

Republic is an exciting new mixed-use precinct combining commercial, retail and enterprise start-up spaces; publicly available gardens, street and amphitheatre; residential and serviced apartments; and a 130-room hotel. Located in Belconnen, the site’s unique location enjoys panoramic views to the north over Lake Ginninderra, Black Mountain to the south and the Brindabella Ranges to the west. Its transformation into a world class mixed use residential development will capitalise on the sites unique setting to create a permeable public domain with ground floor retail activation, hotel, community facilities, public square and lush, communal and private gardens that are elevated above the public domain.

The development will reference this unique character to create a public domain that is in essence a series of welcoming spaces with opportunities for a range of recreational activities with areas for outdoor markets, outdoor seating associated with restaurants and cafés, informal social seating areas and a network of retail laneways.

Located central to the site is the “Heart” that is perceived as the ‘town square’ or the main gathering space for outdoor dining, exhibitions and events as well as just sitting, relaxing and people watching. It will incorporate areas of hard paving as well as soft landscape lawn terraces with seating walls. The folded lawn creates a gallery space below and also creates an amphitheatre for watching performances as well as a place just to sit and relax and enjoy the sunshine. Its identity is expressed through its dense green and textured ground-plane design. The design celebrates the natural level changes through the addition of ‘green’ stairs that cascade down to the street from the town square.

The space will promote activity both during the day and later into the evening and will encourage interaction for residents, workers and greater local community.

CGI Image Credit: Binyan Studios