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Crafting a community

Marrickville housing development gets underway Lauren Davis

Real estate group Mirvac has unveiled its hotly anticipated plans for Marrick & Co, a residential development set to be located in the heart of Sydney’s Inner West.

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t all started back in 1990, when Marrickville Council

Marrick & Co, the proposed name for the new site, would serve

(now Inner West Council) bought the site of the recently

as a multipurpose development, featuring the library and community

closed Marrickville Hospital. Council had always planned

hub, a variety of housing options (including nine affordable units for

to turn the increasingly dilapidated site into a library

council), a public park, playground areas and more. The aesthetic

and community hub, funded by the redevelopment of

was inspired by the industrial heritage of Marrickville along with the

the remainder of the site into housing. It was not until 2012, however,

‘pitched roof’ design of the future library, created by BVN. Accord-

after many years of community consultation, that a library design

ing to Ksenia Totoeva, from the design team at TZG Architects, the

competition was held, with BVN Architecture emerging as the winner.

varied skyline creates a playful look which reflects the residential

Three years later Mirvac came into the picture, proposing to de-

feel of Marrickville.

velop over 220 apartments and terrace homes on the site. The group

“The buildings have their own unique design aesthetic drawn from

successfully won the tender to deliver both the housing project and

the diversity of building styles in Marrickville,” noted Tim Greer, owner

the library, as well as the preservation and restoration of heritage

of TZG Architects. “The facade features a series of chevrons which

buildings including the then 118-year-old hospital (as part of the library)

articulate the building by echoing the roof form of the surrounding

and nurses’ quarters as part of the housing development.

buildings and library roof.

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