Rozelle Village: a vibrant new community hub of Rozelle

Esteemed architecture practice, Scott Carver has unveiled its vision for the former Balmain Leagues Club site to be delivered as a vibrant, mixed-use precinct, centred by a new village square, series of laneways and major retail precinct at its heart.

Scott Carver Principal, Thomas Hansen describes the architectural vision of Rozelle Village:

“The Balmain Leagues Club redevelopment presents a unique opportunity to transform a historically significant site into a cultural and community focused place for residents and locals to live, work, and play.

The project is a true mixed-use precinct comprising high-end residential apartments, a new Wests Ashfield Leagues Club, supermarket, commercial and community spaces, and a food and beverage precinct spilling onto a central public plaza that is connected to the sites three frontages of Victoria Road, Darling and Waterloo Streets via a network of laneways.

The innovative public domain and retail offerings integrate a variety of uses that connect back to the Rozelle neighbourhood, giving residents the opportunity to live above active public spaces whilst also enjoying panoramic views over the Balmain Peninsula and Sydney Harbour.”

Architectural Design & Materiality Vision

“Contemporary Contextual Character” 

“The Rozelle Village development is a contemporary yet timeless precinct that is contextually linked to the unique local character of Rozelle and Balmain. This is realised through a series of cascading terraced brickwork buildings, clustered around a public plaza and village square, that collectively respond to the scale and texture of each urban condition that the site fronts.

The podium forms define a network of laneway scale pedestrian links and colonnades that draw people through the ground plane and into the central plaza. The ordered façades incorporate both rounded and flat red brick archwork geometry complemented with corbelled brick detailing that is reflected among many notable buildings in the surrounding fabric.

These two-three storey podium elements give the street, plaza and laneway environment a human scale and a careful balance of light and shade that embeds the residents and user in an authentic local village experience.  

A series of articulated tower forms float above the red brick podium to define the residential apartment levels. Finished in a grey brickwork that provides in contrast to the red tones of the podium and bringing a sense of calm, tactility and craftsmanship that separates the residential living experience from the activeness of the lower levels.

Both vertical and horizontal elements are used to create a finely proportioned and well detailed expressive façade, with winter gardens for improved user comfort and amenity on Victoria Road that transition to traditional open balconies that face over the plaza and Waterloo Street. 

A rich variety of private and communal green spaces are featured throughout the residential component, designed to enhance resident well-being while providing visual appeal and maximising viewpoints across the built form and the surrounding city views.”

Scott Carver is a leading Australian architecture, interiors, landscape and urban design practice.

A vibrant village square forms the heart of Rozelle Village

Mr Hansen continued: “The village square is a key mechanism for placemaking in developments that can strengthen the connection between people and place. They are underpinned by strong urban design principles, help shape contextual built form responses, and can act as a scaffold upon which community engagement, social connection and positive experiences can be built.”

The developer of Rozelle Village, Heworth Holdings Group has lodged amendments to its approved DA with the Inner West Council, seeking to reduce the number of apartments from 167 to 147 and change the apartment mix, increasing the number of two bedroom and three bedroom apartments.

Rozelle Village is set to significantly enhance the local retail precinct and provide a new community hub for the much-loved inner-west suburb.

Heworth Head of Property, Chris Walsh said: “A key focus of our development is a new village square and major retail and hospitality podium connected by a series of laneways. It’s going to significantly enhance Rozelle, provide new much-needed amenity and become a major community meeting place and destination.”

“Through our amendments, we are seeking to change the apartment mix increasing the number of two and three bedroom apartments as we feel the larger size floor plates and premium interior architecture, fixtures and fittings, will appeal to discerning local owner-occupiers, particularly downsizers.”

Construction is planned to commence in mid-2023 with completion due by early 2026. Apartments will launch to market later this year with significant demand expected in the iconic site which has been derelict and closed to the community for more than 10 years.

The luxury residences will feature larger, house-sized proportion floorplates designed for local downsizers and will feature never-before-seen panoramic views of Iron Cove in Sydney Harbour, the Sydney CBD to the north as well as the Blue Mountains to the west.

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