YWCA’s proposed supportive housing development in Ainslie has recently been granted development approval. AMC is proud to partner with the organisation to realise this important initiative, providing supportive housing for women in crisis in the ACT. The development incorporates eight studio-size dwellings and two 2-bedroom units designed to meet the needs of older women and women rebuilding from domestic violence. The modest development is characterised by a warm palette of natural materials designed to patina with age, with a simple angular forms which frames an existing mid-century outhouse which is central to the landscaping concept for all residents to enjoy. To read more on the YWCA proposed social housing – head here: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7210847/dire-straits-approved-social-housing-project-makes-small-dent-in-act-shortfall/
An exciting milestone took place this week for the Capital Airport Group, AMC and Denman Prospect with the sod-turning ceremony for the new Denman Village Childcare & Early Learning Centre, scheduled for completion in 2022. For more information about this project, head here:https://amcarchitecture.com.au/portfolio/denman-prospect-childcare-community-centre/
AMC is delighted to assist the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association (AMA) with the design of its new Mosque which has recently been DA approved through EPSDD. AMA is a branch of the Islamic faith, formed in India in the 19th Century and now headquartered in London. AMA had been looking for a permanent place of worship for their growing congregation in Canberra and in 2016 negotiated the direct sale of an under-utilised 4,080m² remnant block in Narrabundah for the site of its new Canberra Mosque. The mosque is designed to accommodate a congregation of 300 people over two levels. Associated with the mosque itself is a future residence for the Imam, community hall and associated landscaping and car parking.
Creating a proposal for the site involved addressing a number of challenges including the block’s irregular shape with a predominantly east – west orientation, the retention of access to the baseball park to the North, a floodway to the South, a significant setback to Jerrabomberra Ave, a drainage easement and an infrastructure cable running through the site.
The overall site plan is of a simple but beautiful white box. A modest Imam’s residence and connecting permeable colonnade screen links the two key elements, creating a veil as a transitional element from the public to the internal worship and community spaces, stretching out to create privacy where required. This makes the most of the long, oddly-shaped site. The key elements of a Mosque are the orientation to Mecca, a dome and minaret. These elements unashamedly announce its purpose and give it a strong cultural identity in a contemporary architectural expression as it sits amongst an eclectic mix of neighbours such as national societies, sporting venues and hotels. The ground floor of the Mosque will house a community/exhibition space while the upper level a library, creche and study rooms.
The Mosque is designed to be open and inviting, with the main entry clearly expressed and oriented to the street. The architectural character of simple white forms, recessive and ordered windows and restrained but identifiable symbolism embody and express the key tenants of the Islamic faith – Unity with Allah, Respect, Sincerity, Knowledge, Balance, Modesty and Remembrance.
An exciting new proposal by AMC Architecture and Nikias Diamond for the redevelopment of the Giralang shops proposes a new supermarket, cafes, shops, childcare centre and community facilities in addition to 50 one, two and three bedroom apartments. This project is currently open for public consultation until May 18.
AMC’s adaptive re-use of a commercial office building to create a new hotel is almost complete with the Mantra MacCarthur Hotel set to open this Spring. The 10-storey hotel boasts 136 rooms and 40 suites, a restaurant and bar, fully equipped gym, secure parking and internet lounge. The existing precast façade of the building was retained with new Core 10 folded metal cladding superimposed to create interest and new awning and glazing elements added at ground level to provide an inviting entry and restaurant/lounge area. The internal areas were stripped back to create an industrial feel with accents of black steelwork, brass, mirrors and stone softened with wall panelling, natural materials and furnishings. Click here for more details or visit www.mantrahotels.com/mantra-macarthur-hotel for more information.