‘Oriel’ is a 78-unit apartment complex designed and documented by LFA. Located in close proximity to the Hills Showground Metro Station in Castle Hill, it is the first apartment complex to be approved since the rezoning of the Showground Station Precinct in 2017.
The development is 8 storeys in height with two basement levels and community facilities, including a swimming pool, gymnasium, outdoor fitness stations and a BBQ area. With a total site area of 4,200m2 and a floor space ratio of 2:1, the development has an appropriate scale and character for the vision set out for Showground Precinct.
The architectural response to this challenging site – being an irregular shape comprising four former single dwelling sites with a cross fall of 8m – adopts a plan form that is influenced by the angular site geometry together with an articulated built form comprising a podium base, middle and top elements.
High levels of amenity are provided with generous solar access, cross ventilation and enhanced view corridors. A social response has included a mix of apartment types and generally larger units with outdoor living spaces. The landscape design retains important trees and provides future residents with a diversity of spaces and activities that are both attractive and functional.