Cova is a large residential sub-division located at Hope Island on Queensland's Gold Coast. This residential estate was developed by Australand. Citicene were commissioned for Schematic Design and Development Approval of this large residential subdivision.
The design philosophy was to maximise on the existing site location which includes a canal water-body to the North of the site. Preliminary Schematic design included:
- developing preliminary landscape design intent and ideas for the entry of the development including the adjoining main road - Hope Island Road
- progressing Schematic Concepts for Client consideration, workshops and review
- developing Schematic Concepts for lodgement to the local Authority for Development Approval.
A main entry statement and road frontage reinforces the development along Hope Island Road.
The road frontage portion of the site - 'The Dunes' - includes mounds of vegetation and acoustic barriers that double as noise suppression devices.
Deriving character from the local coastal context, the 'Dunes' are defined mounds deliberately designed and positioned and covered in coastal vegetation to strengthen the identity of the site.
Numerous schematic options were developed for the entry road. The final result is of a contemporary character that is linear in design. Rows of tall vegetation (Cabbage Palms) and lighting reinforce the linear context of this entry road, while pavement finishes, blade walls and decorative planting reinforce the 'sense of arrival'.
The view to the Marina is maximised across the adjoining park which includes timber structures known as 'the jetties’ and associated Barbecue Structures.