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We’ve taken the elements on the site, the public access, the framework of the library, the access to solar… and actually crafted a new habitat.

only about enjoyment but also has a role to play in the collection of rainwater as part of the water filtration for the site,” said Greer. “It’s very unusual for an apartment building, cos it has these really significant pieces of outdoor space that are passive and utterly recreational.” Residents will enjoy access to a shared street library, a community kitchen garden and tool shed, and a roof terrace with BBQ facilities. Other sustainability features will include electric vehicle charging facilities, a ‘green switch’ which turns off all appliances except the essentials, rainwater recycling and an entry wall made of recycled brick. The library, meanwhile, will feature FSC-certified white mahogany, skylights and natural ventilation, with a green wall outside to keep out noise and pollution. “We’ve approached this almost like an ecologist, a renewal ecologist, approaches a damaged environment,” said Kim Bazeley, a senior architect at Mirvac Design. “We’ve taken the elements on the site, the public access, the framework of the library, the access to solar… and actually crafted a new habitat.” Marrick & Co is the first residential project in NSW, and the largest residential development of its type, to receive One Planet Living Community certification from Bioregional Australia. Incorporating principles such as culture and community as well as zero waste and sustainable water, One Planet Living is an international framework that helps people lead happy and healthy lives within the Earth’s finite resources. “The future of our cities is in learning how to develop communities that have high living standards and quality of life, whilst at the same “When we designed the building, we deliberately set out not to

time prospering from the resource limits of our one and only planet,”

design a perfect, seamless, perfectly controlled building,” continued

said Suzette Jackson, executive director of Bioregional Australia.

Greer. “We wanted to make it out of a series of little buildings, if

“Bioregional Australia Foundation is very excited by the commitment

you like, with diverse elements. So part of the fun of the architecture

of Mirvac to this journey.”

was bringing these different motifs together.” The other aspect the designers focused on, said Totoeva, was the use of outdoor space. The public park, for instance, will be a multi-

With construction set to begin mid-2017 and completion expected in 2019, all those involved in the project agree that its success so far is down to one key factor: collaboration.

function area that can utilised by council for events such as outdoor

“The collaborative way in which both council and Mirvac have

cinema screenings and market stalls. TZG and Mirvac even agreed

approached this project is a game changer for future development,”

to remove an entire building in order to create a brand new space

said Mirvac’s general manager of residential development NSW &

called The Common — a tree-lined lawn area where the public and

major projects, Toby Long.

private domains overlap.

“The needs and wants of the community have been put first and

“Being at the centre of the site means that the buildings around

foremost in the design and provision of both public and private amen-

the perimeter open on to a beautiful landscaped space, which is not

ity. This project reinforces Mirvac’s purpose to reimagine urban life.”

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