Southbay at Varsity
Varsity Lakes, Queensland
Sited on the southern edge of Lake Orr, this project contains a balanced mix of uses including residential, retail, restaurants and offices. The site facing the lake on two sides is bounded to the south by a car park and a road. A pedestrian friendly street passes through the site skirting two sides of the project.
The design comprises two buildings; a low, one storey linear building facing east over the lake, which contains restaurants and cafes, and a three storey, rectangular, doughnut shaped building which contains retail and restaurants on the ground floor and apartments and offices on the levels above. Retail frontages face the street and car park. Restaurants and cafes open out to the water over a boardwalk to the east and over parkland to the north. Apartments and offices are treated as simple, rectangular compact forms which ‘float’ above the ground floor retail and restaurants. Apartments are located to maximise views to the north and east over the lake. Service and loading occurs in the centre of the block. Office and residential parking is accommodated in a basement. Retail parking is provided at street level and in a ground level car park.