Green Square Apartments

An Award Winning Project – Green Square has achieved International Recognition at the World Architecture Festival and numerous awards and commendations for sustainable architecture through the Australian Institute of Architects.

This project has achieved International Recognition at the World Architecture Festival and numerous awards and commendations for sustainable architecture through the Australian Institute of Architects. It has also been featured on World Landscape Architecture

This residential development is located in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. BHC – Creating Livable Communities developed this affordable housing project and engaged Citicene for Landscape Architectural services. 

The project has a central atrium space with individual communal areas on each level. The intention of the central communal area was to create a green atrium with landscape that extends between levels and throughout the internal entries of each apartment. 

The landscape also included: 

  • footpath streetscape works including approval and certification; 
  • lower level commercial outdoor spaces; 
  • a plant selection tolerant of indoor environments; 
  • irrigation throughout. 

Citicene delivered landscape architectural services from Schematic Design through to Certification and approval with Brisbane City Council. 

Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Developer 
BHC – Creating Livable Communities

Architect 
Cox Architecture

Builder 
Walton Construction Queensland

Cargo Apartments

Developed by BHC – Creating Liveable Communities, Cargo on Musgrave is a contemporary development located in Coopers Plains, 11 kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD.  

A medium size community surrounded by green spaces and mature trees, this project consists of two apartment multi-level buildings surrounded by a number of town-homes. 

Citicene were engaged by BHC – Creating Liveable Communities to deliver landscape architectural consultancy services.

These services included: 

  • Achieving landscape approval with the local authority – Brisbane City Council; 
  • Sub-consultancy engagement and co-ordination for ecological services for the adjoining waterway corridor; 
  • Sub-consultancy engagement and co-ordination for arborist services for existing vegetation; 
  • Landscape design for all outdoor spaces including the rehabilitation of the neighbouring waterway corridor. The site has a NALL Classification (Natural Assets Local Law) and required retention and protection of a number of existing trees including a large Ficus Sp. tree to the centre of the site. The successful retention of this tree now provides a focal point to the entry and linear central driveway spine of the site.

Landscape for Living

The Landscape includes numerous outdoor areas for residents. Featuring two outdoor entertaining spaces with barbeque and shelter facilities. 

Other landscape elements included: 

  • Drainage swales to direct overland water flow to a central bio-basin; 
  • A central rainforest green space with feature trellis; 
  • A heavily vegetated acoustic mound to the Eastern end of the site to assist in suppressing adjoining intersection traffic noise; 
  • Re-vegetation and rehabilitation of the waterway corridor; 
  • A productive garden – vegetable communal garden space for residents. 

A natural plant palette boasting a wide variety of native species to ensure hardiness and minimal maintenance. 

Protection and Enhancement of Existing Context

Cargo on Musgrave’s landscape compliments the surrounding context achieved with a native species palette helping to rehabilitate the existing environment.

Cost effective, attractive and appropriate to the surrounding context, the landscape also reduces the impacts of the built form.

One way this is achieved is through the retention of numerous mature trees across the site.

The retention of these trees provides instant landscape buffers that provide shade and soften neighbouring views upon the site from adjoining residences. These trees also protect natural habitats for local fauna.

Coopers Plains, Queensland, Australia

Client
BHC – Creating Liveable Communities

Architect
CDI Architects

Builder
Walton Construction Queensland