Manly triangle forms an integral part of the 2015 masterplan CHROFI prepared for Manly Council. The development looks at the revitalisation of the village centre with a new library and a new series of shop-top apartments activating the proposed public plazas.
The proposed apartments are designed as a series of 4 storey shop-top buildings when viewed from the streets and lanes. The ground plane is perceived as a series of fine grain retail laneways which spill out on to the plaza and library. The 5th and 6th stories are setback from the street to reduce the visible bulk and scale of the building.
The buildings are clad in contemporary brickwork to allow them to nestle comfortably in the context of Manly's brickwork dominated streetscape.
A series of deep curved recesses in the facade articulate the Whistler Street frontage into 4 facade sections creating a series of spatial ‘moments’ along its length at street level. The frontage for the apartments is prioritised for living space with bedrooms held deeper in the plan receiving light, ventilation and outlook via the deep facade articulations.