To strengthen the development’s connections with the surrounding urban fabric, Spark Architects created a series of pedestrian-friendly public spaces between the buildings. The building is terraced and staggered at different heights to create a vibrant arrival sequence from the street. Although the project is intended as a city landmark, Bass and Flinders Gateway is deliberately massed so that from a distance, the profile of the various building components complement the existing architectural backdrop and building heights.
The mostly residential project comprises apartments arranged as “coal measures,” or linearly stacked rows mimicking rock strata. A symbolic wave, which draws inspiration from the nearby Illawarra Escarpment and the ocean, tops the apartments and shades the terraced gardens. Construction on the project is scheduled to start in 2015.