Port Botany Industrial Estate, comprises 6 strata office/warehouse units developed for light industrial activity, storage and distribution. Located near a residential area, the warehouse activities could have been a noisy and unsightly addition to the suburb. To mitigate the effect of this program the development is arranged around a ‘U’ shaped service courtyard from which trucks have access to the warehouses. Offices are located on the outer perimeter of the building effectively wrapping the development and providing an ordered and mannered street presence. This is further enhanced by a 10m landscaped setback from the street. Brightly painted stairs articulate the office entries and provide a rhythm to the lengthy horizontal street façades.
Location: Military Road, Matraville NSW, Australia 33°58’9.79″S, 151°13’59.03″E
Awards: Commercial Architecture Award, 2001 RAIA NSW Architecture Awards
Design team: Thierry Lacoste, David Stevenson
Structural engineer: Van der Meer Bonser
Contractor: St Hilliers
Photography / images: Lacoste+Stevenson Architects, Brett Boardman