Rothelowman-designed multi-residential building Botanica has reached completion and signifies the full completion of Footscray's award-winning masterplanned community Banbury Village.
$200m Project Set To Bring Youth To Footscray]Positioned at the heart of Banbury Village, Botanica has been designed to visually connect to the community’s public park as well as the building’s private landscaped courtyard.
“Our design for Botanica is a continuation of Banbury Village’s integrated streetscape, with generous outdoor living areas promoting interaction amongst residents, connecting the building to the adjacent urban space,” Rothelowman Principal Stuart Marsland said.
“Being both an island site and the last element in a masterplanned neighbourhood, designing Botanica presented numerous exciting opportunities not often seen in urban apartment buildings.”
The four-storey building features three wings and a total of 101 one and two bedroom apartments.
The northern wing is the main entry portal to the building and a statement element of Botanica.
“We envisaged the northern wing as a lively creature. It bends, cuts and steps from a grounded form in the west to an angled rising head floating above the eastern entry,” Marsland says.
“The texture and deep slices within the façade provide a contrast to the restraint elsewhere through the project.”
The courtyard utilises clean, crisp, minimalistic architecture, along with the east and west wings.
The sharp white balcony details and recessive dark metal roofing complement the textured landscape of the ground level podium.
A subtle application of tyre tread marks on the external and internal surface treatments reference the site’s former origin as a tyre factory.
“Botanica and the overall Banbury Village is a community defining project that we are extremely proud of, it is a shining example of a high quality urban development," Cedar Woods State Manager Patrick Archer said, commending Rothelowman’s design of Botanica.
Banbury Village is a $200 million project developed by Cedar Woods Properties involving the restoration of buildings once owned and operated by Sir Frank Beaurepaire and the redevelopment of the wider site.
In 2013, the Urban Development Institute of Australia's Victoria branch awarded the project best medium density development.
The entire community is 100 per cent sold out.