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ClientIllawara Catholic Club
Location Woodville St, Hurstville NSW

13-17 Woodville Street is a 15 storey, Grade ‘A’ commercial development to be located in the centre of Hurstville.

Considerable thought was directed towards production of well-resolved façades that balanced horizontal and vertical proportions whilst breaking down the somewhat squat outline of the basic building envelope. This envelope was dictated by site dimensions and Sydney Airports Corporation Obstacles Limitation Surface. The division of the tower into two discrete elements reflecting office and service uses plus the strong modulation of the façade, work in unison to ‘lighten’ the building appearance. A limited palette of materials including basalt cladding, pre-weathered zinc rainscreen cladding, curtain wall glazing and tensioned stainless steel mesh sun-screening panels respond to façade orientations. The adopted offset core position (west) fulfils multiple roles in ensuring successful outcomes for both ESD and aesthetic goals including: unencumbered open floor plates integrating displacement ventilation, 270 degree views allowing compounding daylight penetration, naturally ventilated amenities and substantial thermal performance enhancement.

A three level podium built hard to all boundaries contains a centrally broken cantilevered street façade alignment to create entry definition and reinforce offset core verticality. A forecourt area created within the ground floor building-envelope setback contains a ‘sculptural ribbon’. This multi-tasking device simultaneously provides awnings, entry points, seating, service vehicle and basement parking height controls, retail light shelves, way-finding and signage.