Victoria Park, located in Zetland in Sydney’s inner south, is a significant urban renewal project built on the site of the former Leyland car manufacturing plant and Naval Supply Store. Named after its former use as a racecourse, this 25ha brownfield site has developed into a thriving urban community on the fringes of the Sydney CBD.
Designed and documented in collaboration with Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, Centric was the first residential stage of Victoria Park, comprising 46 apartments and 16 terrace houses.
The apartments are arranged in linked groups of 3 to 4 storey buildings, which define the key edges relating to Joynton Avenue and Grandstand Parade. The distinctive curved
glazed blue brick façade to the west embraces the heritage listed fig trees of Joynton Avenue. The apartments feature cross-flow ventilation and a quality outlook year round.
Rows of 2 and 3 storey terrace-style houses face north and south, with individual parking below buildings and with private courtyards to the street frontage. The north-facing townhouses have excellent orientation, privacy and views over Tote Park.
A central communal landscaped courtyard forms an aesthetic and recreational focus for residents, with deep soil planting.
Centric was awarded the 2001 South Sydney Development Council Design and Innovation Award.