Mixed use developments: Achieving the right balance

Dalkeith on Waratah is a new mixed use development which blends townhouse living with apartment accessibility
Story by: David Renwick
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Architect: MJA StudioAbout the project (text supplied): Dalkeith on Waratah is a four storey mixed use development and the first substantial development on Dalkeith’s primary commercial strip in over 30 years.

Above a retail and hospitality ground level are 32 luxury residential apartments ranging in size from 140sqm to 208sqm in area. All apartments are serviced from separate private lobbies accessed via a common walkway from Waratah Avenue through a private garden courtyard and water garden. Apartments are designed to allow for increased levels of solar access and cross ventilation.

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Level 3 apartments are designed as mezzanine townhouses. The mezzanines provide a separate living area for residents to enjoy a degree of separation when required as well as providing superior volume and quality of light.

MJA Studio believes density in established suburbs should primarily confined to existing commercial strips where amenity and public transport links are strong. This allows the character and landscape heritage of neighbourhoods to remain whilst achieving long term density targets. Dalkeith on Waratah is a successful example of this belief.

Nov 20, 2017

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