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Inspiring a better urban future Head of Renewal SA, Fred Hansen, shares his views
Making a statement
A fresh look at contemporary architecture
Building for the future
One familyâ€™s view of our liveable city
Small is the
Light as art
Artemide illuminates our thinking
new big The clever design of Loft 38
Trends in landscaping
What makes a great garden
History in the backyard
Recollections of an epic journey
News in brief
Property Guide Lift out
portrait of fred hansen on rooftop?
Fred Hansen – “I think Lightsview really got it right”.
INSPIRING A BETTER URBAN FUTURE
red Hansen is from another
Lightsview is part of the plan. Renewal
world – a world where building
SA has partnered with developers CIC
the future is a daily activity. A native of the United States of America, he has worked for the White House’s Environmental
Australia, to support the city-fringe development as it transforms into a model 21st century, fully-integrated community.
Protection Authority and pushed the
Fred says Lightsview is somewhat
now-famous Portland onto the world
like the more successful planned
stage by integrating its disparate
communities he’s seen internationally,
pieces with a revolutionary public
He points to two of USA’s more
He first came to Adelaide in 2009 as
celebrated suburbs – Columbia,
Thinker in Residence and has since
Maryland and Reston, Virginia –
moved permanently to the city after
as examples of well formulated
being appointed the head of Renewal
developments, but he says those
SA. This organisation is responsible
places still have some failings.
for leading urban renewal activities
While Columbia and Reston foster a
on behalf of the State Government
healthy lifestyle balance by placing
in a way that builds and enhances
residents close to work and other
the community. Fred is determined
facilities, there are still some lessons
South Australia will grow smartly
to be learned on the design front.
“(At Lightsview) those issues of design are addressed,” says Fred.
The north facing Loft 38 makes the most of the natural light.
“Most of those other places may
“…They have all these open spaces so
Ultimately, Fred believes Lightsview
have been planned in the sense of
there is a lot of natural light, there is
will be a world-class example of a
the community but if you look at
a sense of privacy, there’s a sense that
planned community because of the
individual housing it wasn’t all that
you really are in your own space…”
power it hands to its residents.
interesting or diverse. Those were
very good lessons.”
“I think Lightsview really got it right
Alongside innovating in the realm
because they said what’s important
Fred believes Lightsview has
of public and private design,
is that people feel like where they are
improved on the work of these
sustainability is another area where
has an energy and something that
communities in two main ways.
Lightsview pushes the boundaries
is special and different and isn’t like
Firstly, its comprehensive design
of progressive. Here, Fred can see
every other home that is there,”
guidelines encourage diverse and
Lightsview building on the knowledge
individual home designs, which Fred
gained at South Australia’s Lochiel
thinks are important to create quality
Park – another Renewal SA planned
streetscapes. Throughout Phoenix,
community that was set up with the
he says, there are some planned
expressed aim of being revolutionary
communities where you would need
in its environmental capacity.
“to push the button on your garage door opener” to work out which house is yours. Secondly, the smart design principles of the overall Lightsview development, with its 15ha of open space, make areas of higher density living comfortable.
Through its design guidelines,
“It gave people the right to be able to choose. They didn’t have to come and buy something. They essentially buy a lot and then… buy a builder and make a design and it really means you can keep control of things.”
Lightsview ensures solar energy is used wherever possible, recycled water is deployed for irrigation and homes are laid out with the best solar orientation to minimise the need for heating and cooling.
MAKING A STATEMENT
“…it is really for people who like architectural detail.” – Adrian Popple.
Adrian Popple – Designer, Metricon Homes.
The bathroom features a Marbletrend Edge freestanding bath.
or 25 years Adrian Popple has designed homes for Metricon. Even with decades in the business, designing
the Sentosa for the Lightsview development involved a number of firsts for his career. Lightsview’s take on fresh, contemporary architecture inspired Metricon to look at features where design and function find synergies. The result is a luxurious and innovatively detailed home aimed squarely at Diverse facade materials include grooved cedar linings with black oxide tile.
growing families. “It was about wanting to make a statement and really develop homes that stand out above the crowd but are affordable too; the Sentosa for example starts at only $349,600,” Adrian says. Designed to accommodate large families needing plenty of space, the impressive design creates a natural relationship between outside and inside. “It is a higher level, higher specification home and it is really for people that like architectural detail. Around every corner there is something that makes you go ‘wow’, and that’s really what it is all about,” says Adrian. “The indoor – outdoor relationship is something we pride ourselves on. It is all seamless, so even if it is not warm enough to be outside… you’re able to sit in the family room and still feel like you’re sitting in the garden area. When it is balmy enough you have the option of sitting under the
in, and high ceilings are all in demand. We also showcase the convenience a butler’s pantry and outdoor kitchen can provide. With the level of detail present in the Sentosa, it could run the risk of not being to everyone’s taste, but Adrian is in the business of knowing what people like and don’t like and understanding what they need. Adrian says “years of experience” have taught him how to make every house into a home that makes life easier. “I think with our homes it really is about lifestyle and creating a relaxed environment that people want to live in and are happy to come home to. We pride ourselves on making our homes feel like you’re on holiday all year round.”
covered outdoor room, which overlooks the pool and has
The façade of the home is another of Adrian’s highlights.
an integrated BBQ area so it really functions well.”
Made to front both streets of a corner block, it uses a
Metricon has evolved into one of Australia’s largest home builders and has a reputation of responding to consumer trends. “Designs such as the Sentosa respond to the needs of many modern families. Features such as multiple living spaces, ground floor master bedroom suites, integrated home offices, fully glazed living areas that bring the outside
combination of tiles, render, timber cladding and brickwork to give an artisan look to the frontage. The cantilevered staircase, that gives the impression of floating out from the wall, and the meticulously appointed kitchen are just two examples of the new territory Adrian and his team chartered when making this home. The Sentosa is open daily between 12 – 5pm.
BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE “We’d love to get another block and build again.” – Richard Frahm.
or the third year running Adelaide has been ranked
community”. Lightsview’s town centre, which is part of
the most liveable city in Australia, and in 2012 it was
the long-term plan for the suburb, will offer easy access to
also lauded as the fifth most liveable city on the globe.
facilities that residents can reach by walking, bicycling or
With its short work commutes, ample open spaces and
on public transport. The 15ha of open space included in the
easy access to basic amenities like education as well as
masterplan for the area is another significant element.
universal availability of entertainment through the arts it is not only a safe and comfortable place to live, but also affordable and enriching.
Lightsview residents Lucy and Richard Frahm are already seeing the benefits of these measures. Two years ago they packed up their home in Murray Bridge, where they had
Lightsview’s designers are borrowing from world’s best
lived most of their lives, and moved to Lightsview with
practice and mixing this with Adelaide’s natural advantages
their 14-year-old daughter Olivia.
to break new ground in their pursuit of an even higher standard of living for the new community’s residents.
“I had taken up a job in North Adelaide and the point was to get back to 10-15 minutes travel to work,” says Richard.
Michael Visintin of Design IQ has advised on Lightsview’s
But the move didn’t just benefit Richard. Lucy has found a
urban design. He believes the new suburb has the
job in Gilles Plains – just seven minutes away – and Olivia
opportunity to be a leader in liveability by employing
can now walk to school at Cedar College.
customised, inventive design techniques.
The Frahms are active community residents and are
“There is not really one unique place that Lightsview
excited to meet new neighbours whenever a community
draws its inspiration from, but instead we seek good
event is held. Currently renting in Lightsview, they have
principles and examples from various developments and
bought a block and are in the process of building a new
cities around the world – including Australia – and these
terrace home to move into.
are assessed and adapted to local market needs and conditions,” he says. Liveability is ranked on basic principles such as easy access to shops and healthcare, cleanliness and safety,
“Towards the end of the development we’d love to get another block and build again,” says Richard. “Just thinking of the grandchildren,” adds Lucy.
as well as through less tangible ideas like cultural and
It seems the Frahm family believe Lightsview will be a
entertainment value and friendliness of people. Michael
liveable city for generations to come.
says all of these criteria can be fostered through the built environment if you prioritise “delivering a fully integrated
Artists’ impression: City Terraces by Gasparin Homes.
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SMALL IS THE NEW BIG
“A sense of space exceeding expectations.” – Alan Miller, Lightsview Project Director.
or many Australians, a happy
A small future does not mean we need
future is a smaller future.
to leave behind the things we love.
Even in this country, with vast and empty brown earth surrounding us, people are moving closer and closer together as we cluster around our city centres. In Adelaide, the State
still room for a garden and pets, still room for your bulky sports equipment. The key to achieving these two things simultaneously is good design.
Government predicts there will be
The Loft 38 terrace home at Lightsview
258,000 homes added to the greater
is an example of a big space built into
Adelaide area in the next 30 years.
a small home. Using internationally-
The trend away from the traditional quarter acre block is not new. Compact allotments allow more equitable access to the housing market for those with less disposable income and suit modern lifestyles where the focus has
Fine detail remains a priority.
There is still room for entertaining,
inspired design techniques such as joinery that allows a whole bed to disappear into a wall, each room can fulfil multiple functions at once; A home office can become a guest room when friends drop by.
shifted from maintaining a big home
In traditional properties of similar
and land to enjoying a comfortable
dimensions, where walls are shared
lifestyle. Located less than 8km from
with adjoining homes and frontages
Adelaide’s CBD, and priced at less than
are slim, designers are challenged
$300,000, Lightsview’s Loft 38 caters
to find solutions that let in fresh air
exactly to these preferences.
and natural light – two of the most
vital things for making a home
Smaller spaces with less stuff in them
comfortable. The design employed in
means less dusting, lower utility bills
the Loft 38 property allows sunlight
and more time for things like nice
and air to flow down from the loft
glasses of wine and sunsets. When
bedroom above where large picture
smarter design extends outside the
windows look out over the rest of
home and includes access to good
quality communal parks and reserves,
Graham Hill is the founder of treehugger.com and is famous for his TEDtalk that encourages people to live better surrounded by less stuff. â€œLess stuff in less space is going to equal a smaller (carbon) footprint, itâ€™s actually a great way to save you some
which at Lightsview are never more than 300m from your front door, there is all the room in the world and no
Bringing the outdoors in.
need to worry about maintenance. While the future may be small, good design can mean it will also be spacious.
money and it is going to give you a little more ease in your life,â€? he says.
TRENDS IN LANDSCAPING “The essence of a successful small space is perception.” – Tony Zappia.
he opportunity is now there for the garden to be
Large, highly-accessible, inter-connected parks and
reinvented,” says James Hayter, director at Oxigen
reserves are dotted around the community giving
landscape architects – the firm responsible for designing
neighbours the chance to meet and interact, and kids a
many of the parks and reserves at Lightsview. “With
place to stretch their legs or cycle safely. With these needs
professional couples there’s far less time to manage
taken care of, home gardens can be dedicated to personal
a quarter acre block and there’s no need for the food
preference and stay low maintenance.
production element that my parents’ generation used.”
Architecture firm Studio Nine is a leader in the design of
Instead, the garden is now a place for personal expression
smaller allotment homes. They worked collaboratively
and it has transformed physically too – into a more
with Lightsview’s developers to finesse four designs in
the new community and placed particular emphasis on
“The nice thing about gardens is people can become
the outdoor areas.
involved with them and they can shape them… Because
“Some of the external spaces are very compact so we’ve
the people have control over their gardens it works
designed spaces that take from a Japanese model,” says
intuitively with their home,” says James.
director Tony Zappia. “The essence of a successful small
The Lightsview development embraces this new style of garden.
space is perception – you need to make sure they appear spacious and big even though the footprint is small in size.”
The expert top tips for gardening in small spaces
A stylish outdoor area from Chasecrown Homes.
Colour is important. Using darker colours on your fences and
Grow up! Creepers and vines that grow vertically provide a nice
Include different levels. Planting at different heights creates a feeling of
boundaries will make a space
leafy feel without taking up any
space even when there is very little.
floor space. If you’re a little more
Include plants that don’t overwhelm the space. Smaller plants not only mean more variety, but also leave more air around them so people feel comfortable instead of claustrophobic. Consider the transition from indoors to outdoors. Using folding café-style doors can mean extra outdoor space in warmer months and a smooth integration of the home
ambitious you can buy vertical garden structures ready to be hung from walls and trellis, but make sure you fill them with plants that suit the amount of light and water you have available. Remember to leave space for humans. Including comfortable seating and clear walkways in a
Buy for your garden. Learn about your home’s orientation and consult experts at your local plant nursery on what will grow well. Surround the garden with earthy materials. Using materials like timber and stone in your garden will mean even the spaces without plants feel natural and fresh.
garden is important so that the garden is used and enjoyed.
and garden areas.
LIGHT AS ART “Some people might like to paint a feature wall, but you can paint with light too – so don’t be afraid to try something new.” Edward Scalzi, national technical manager for lighting group Artemide.
“Custom lighting is able to create moods in a space.” – Edward Scalzi.
ighting can be about more than chasing away the
“Custom lighting is able to create moods in a space,” he
dark. Done well, custom designed lighting is like art:
says. “Rather than just having a plain light across the room
expressive and personal. “Some people might like to paint a feature wall, but you can paint with light too – so don’t be afraid to try something new,” says Edward Scalzi, national technical manager for lighting group Artemide. Edward explains that lighting in a home is about striking the right balance between the functional and the creative. It must deliver the light a home requires to be useful, but it is also possible to employ light and shade to highlight or hide features and create atmosphere.
you can create areas of light and shade that make the place more beautiful. You can highlight features and different effects, which is what makes it a home rather than having that bland office-type light.” Involving a lighting consultant in the design of a new home is the ideal way to make the most of the architecture. Most light suppliers also offer a consultancy service that will provide advice.
Painting with light.
Through years of experiencing the way light can affect a room and immersing himself in the culture of the Italian-based, decades-old Artemide firm, Edward has learnt to translate people’s preferences and needs into a lighting solution. “We just sit down and chat to them and see what they’re using the space for and then work out a concept plan,” says
In short: Tips for letting the light shine Plan ahead. The best time to consider a lighting solution is before construction. Consider a mix of stand-alone and ambient lighting that can draw attention to décor or bespoke art pieces. Use lighting directed up or down walls to change the perception of the size of a room and make it more flexible.
they will work in the space. There’s no one set plan: there’s
Energy efficient fittings can dramatically reduce power consumption. Compact fluorescents are amongst the
a million ways to light a room.”
cheapest to run.
As well as integrating installed lighting, Edward
Blend interior and exterior architectural lighting to create a dramatic effect at night.
Edward. “It comes down to their selection of lights and how
recommends considering stand-alone pieces that add design and artistic merit to a room. “Floor or desk lamps can be used to brighten spaces and simultaneously act a bit “more like a sculpture” he says. At its best, good lighting design can be transformative; creating flexibility in rooms that would be almost impossible to achieve through structural means. Smaller spaces get bigger, big spaces become cosy. “Playing with shadows and light areas and dark areas you can get a perception that the room is bigger or smaller,” says Edward. “If, for example, you throw light upward in a room with a low ceiling it will make the space look bigger.” Lighting is one of those little details that can make a house feel like a home built just for you.
Replica Vickers Vimy, on display at Adelaide Airport.
HISTORY IN THE BACKYARD T
he land on which Lightsview sits
via letters, and offered a little hint of
holds special significance as the
how easy and quick travel between
site that marked the end of Australiaâ€™s isolation from the rest of the world.
countries would one day become. The Smith brothers were South
Here in 1920, on a runway marked by
Australian born and bred, and very
two huge pine trees, Sir Ross Smith
anxious to end their historic flight
and his brother Keith landed the
in their hometown. Despite this the
Vickers Vimy after becoming the first
legendary flight of the Vickers Vimy
people to successfully fly an aircraft
was very nearly cut short and
between Australia and England.
abandoned in Melbourne.
The flight opened the world to
It took Ross and Keith Smith and their
Australians, many of whom had taken
crew 28 days to make the journey
boat rides from their home countries
between London and Darwin, but
for months and months to reach the
months to make their way from
arid continent and were now almost
Darwin to Adelaide where they had
completely cut off from family. The
intended to finish their trip. The
possibility of flight to other continents
delays were caused by breakdowns
gave hope of faster communication
of the Vimyâ€™s engine, which by that
point had been flying for almost 200
But Sir Ross Smith was determined
the reunion with my parents after five
hours. The crew worked tirelessly and
to make it home. He was concerned
innovatively to patch up the machine
about the general public’s suspicion
at every stop, at one point even
of airflight, and thought cutting the
fashioning a propeller from a wooden
trip short would only confirm their
fruit crate, but were still plagued
fears. He also felt a sentimental drag
by failing engines and multiple
to make it back to his hometown, so
he asked the Prime Minister if they
Melbourne would have been the logical end to the by-now dangerous trip. It
could borrow the plane back for this one last leg of the trip.
The location of the landing can still be seen today. One of the two historic pines still marks the western end of the runway. The eastern pine succumbed to age in recent years, but the wood was salvaged with the hope of incorporating it as part of artwork in a future public space. The landing
was the then-capital of Australia, and
When the Vimy finally landed on
strip will also be preserved within the
here the Vickers Vimy was to be gifted
March 23, 1920 at the Northfield
Lightsview reserve system.
to the Prime Minister WM Hughes
aerodrome, which was little more
who had offered a £10,000 reward
than a collection of flat paddocks, it
for the first crew to fly between the
was greeted by thousands of waiting
motherland and the new continent.
South Australians. Ross wrote that he was amazed and touched by the turnout, “but the greatest of all (was)
Steeped in history, the ground on which Lightsview is built stands as a reminder of the adventure of a few men that brought the world a little closer to us all.
LIGHTSVIEW NEWS IN BRIEF LIGHTSVIEW OPENS ITS FRONT DOOR Hampstead Road now offers direct access to Lightsview following the completion of road works on East Parkway. Initially, this entry will provide convenient access for home builders at the western end of the site, with connection through to established areas in the east progressively opening over the next two years.
200TH AFFORDABLE HOME SALE RECYCLED WATER SCHEME Lightsview’s innovative recycled water supply is now active. More than 300 homes and public parks are receiving a supply for garden irrigation and toilet flushing.
Lightsview continues to exceed its target of at least 15 per cent affordable homes with the recent sale of our 200th home in this bracket. Four architect-inspired, Torrens-titled house and land package options are available to eligible buyers, each blending seamlessly with Lightsview’s vision for fresh and diverse architectural design.
WIN A LUXURIOUS SCOTT SALISBURY HOME One of Lightsview’s most impressive display homes, The Grandview, could be yours as the Hospital Home Lottery grand prize. Proceeds from the lottery support medical research in South Australia. The prize is drawn 13 November 2013 so be quick to purchase your tickets at www.hospitalhomelottery.com.au
URBAN LIGHTS CAFE OPENS Serving fantastic coffee, delicious food and sweet treats, Lightsview’s first cafe is now open. Located in the former Sales and Information Centre, the cafe provides a taste of the community hub that the future Town Centre will become. Free bike hire is also available here seven days a week. The cafe is open from 7.30 – 5pm weekdays, 8 – 5pm Saturday and 9 – 4pm on Sunday. For more information call 8261 6820.
The Manhattan 60 by Australian Classic Homes.
LIGHTSVIEW REALTY – YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP! Whether looking to buy, sell or rent established homes at Lightsview, Lightsview Realty can help. As the only on-site dedicated real estate agency servicing the area, they are
best positioned to offer all the information and support
With the latest news, images, community updates and
at www.lightsview.com.au/housingchoice or call the team
housing choice now located in one convenient place,
located at the Sales and Information Centre on 8261 1888.
you need. Current listings can be viewed on our website
Lightsview’s new website is a useful information hub. Linking content from Facebook, Youtube and realestate.com with local news and updates, the new website is great for first enquiries or to keep existing residents up-to-date.
$8,500 GOVERNMENT GRANT EXTENDED The State Government’s New Home Construction Grant has been extended to December 31, 2013 following a recent budget announcement. The full grant is available for new homes constructed with a market value of up to $400,000 and tapering down for homes valued up to $450,000. More information can be found at www.revenuesa.gov.au.
A NEW DISPLAY FOR ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR ALLOTMENTS Terrace 60 allotments have long been amongst our most popular offering at Lightsview and the new Manhatten 60 by Australian Classic Homes showcases the type of family home that can be achieved in this space. With rear-lane double garage access, this three-bedroom, two living area display shows off the size and design options possible on these allotments. The display is located at 23 Rapid Avenue, Lightsview and is open Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1.00pm to 5.00pm. www.australianclassichomes.com.au
VIEWPOINT  For more information contact the Sales and Information Centre 2 City View Boulevard, Northgate Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday 12.00pm – 5.00pm Ph: 08 8261 1888 lightsview.com.au CIC (SA) Realty RLA 217912
Acknowledgements: we would like to thank Fred Hansen (Renewal SA); Adrian Popple (Metricon); Lightsview residents Richard and Lucy Frahm; Michael Visintin (Design IQ); Tony Zappia (Studio 9 Architects); Edward Scalzi (Artemide); James Hayter (Oxigen); Louis Kanellos (Chasecrown); photographers Milton Wordley and Jonathan van der Knaap; Justine Firth and Howard Marsh from Adelaide Airport to coordinate shoot of the Vickers Vimy; State Library of South Australia for archive image of Sir Keith and Sir Ross Smith landing at Northfield 23 March 1920. Disclaimer: All care has been taken in the preparation of this material. No responsibility is taken for any errors or omissions and details may be subject to change. Intending purchasers should not rely on statements or representations and are advised to make their own enquiries to satisfy themselves in all respects. Artwork images and plans are artists’ impressions only and are not to be relied upon as a definitive reference. Lightsview is the development name of Northgate Stage 3 and is not intended to represent an actual or proposed place name in accordance with the Geographical Names Act 1991. CIC Australia intend by this statement to exclude liability for all information contained herein. CIC0146