Kennedy Associates Architects
Bowral Bricks / PGH Bricks & Pavers
Bowral Bricks: Bowral Bricks - Murray Grey / PGH Bricks & Pavers: Wirecut-Peppercorn
Carleton Estate is a residential development on an 11,871 m2 site in Summer Hill, Sydney, named after ‘Carleton’, the original Victorian era mansion constructed in 1883. The development restores Carleton and its Stables, converts them to residential and community uses, recreates their park like setting and provides 70 units in two new 5 storey buildings. The new buildings are arranged around a central courtyard, which integrates the old and new, establishes a clear curtilage to the heritage items and becomes the principal public space of the development. Balconies and living areas to approximately half of the units open onto this space. The new buildings are highly articulated, traditional masonry structures with a clearly defined attic level and present as an assemblage of elements rather than as a single entity, reflecting the rhythm of the existing development pattern of the area. The development uses a palette of two types of brickwork, plus brick paving, to create buildings that work within not only the vernacular of traditional apartment construction but also provide a long term, low maintenance development that will age successfully and demonstrate the potential for achieving a higher standard of amenity, aesthetics and performance within understood parameters and technologies.