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The Urban Developer’s flagship conference Urbanity is now a week away! Over the two days attendees will experience a number of keynote addresses, presentations, panel discussions and case studies.

In the lead up to the event we thought we would shine a light on a few of the projects that will feature as part of a variety of in-depth case studies being presented by the people driving these innovative and city-shaping projects. 

Join us on the Gold Coast next week as The Urban Developer bring together an unrivalled roster of the industry’s best developers, architects, place-makers, innovators and property professionals. 

Habitat, Byron Bay

While the first phase of Habitat – a sustainable mixed-use “village” on the industrial outskirts of Byron Bay—came to fruition in 2017, the project was, in a sense, already some decades old.

The self-contained development combines the best of old-school Byron—community, creativity, respect for the environment—with the latest in design and thinking including renewable energy, car sharing, hybrid living and work spaces along bars, cafes, fitness and retail.

Habitat Commercial forms the centrepiece of the entire Habitat development, with workspaces sitting atop a quality food and retail precinct, all centred around a softly landscaped courtyard.

Easy Street, the third stage of five in the village development, features a four-block mix of ground-floor one-bedroom and upper-level studio apartments as well as a 120-room hotel.

Habitat also has its own fleet of electric bikes and all who live there can access dedicated share vehicles.

Creative Capital director Brandon Saul will present a case study on Habitat, a cleverly designed village in Byron Bay, at 11:15 AM Urbanity’s main stage, Thursday August 4.

C6, Perth

The tallest timber building in the world will rise in Perth, if approved, after a $350-million development application was lodged by Melbourne’s Grange Development.

The developer has submitted plans with the City of South Perth for a 50-storey hybrid timber tower comprising 245 apartments at 6 Charles Street.

Designed by architecture firm Elenberg Fraser, the tower will be built from cross-laminated timber (CLT), and glue-laminated timber, or glulam. 

According to Grange, all the necessary timber, 7400 cubic metres, required to build the apartment floors, columns and beams will be able to be regrown from just 580 seeds.

At a height of almost 183 metres, the development, to be known as C6, will lay claim to be the tallest timber building in the world, outreaching Atlassian’s approved skyscraper in Sydney’s Tech Central precinct by three metres.

The tower will offer apartments in one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom configurations and offer 18sq m of communal space per apartment.

Grange Development managing director James Dibble will present a case study on C6, the world’s tallest hybrid timber tower, at 12:30 PM on Urbanity’s main stage, Friday August 5.

Ferrars & York, Melbourne

Melbourne-based developer Hip v. Hype is weeks away from completing its Ferrars and York development in South Melbourne.

The project being constructed across a 600sq m site at 201-209 Ferrars Street secured carbon neutral status earlier this month.

Set over six stories, the building places a large emphasis on community as well as its sustainability credentials using low impact, responsibly sourced local products and materials with low embodied energy.

The project generated good demand with almost two-thirds of the 22 apartments sold off the plan between two of Melbourne’s lockdowns last year, and just one still available.

The building will be fossil-fuel free, powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, including 20kWh of shared solar panels on the roof, water-efficient fixtures and low-water landscaping.

Hip v. Hype founding director Liam Wallis will present a case study on Ferrars and York, one of Australia’s first carbon neutral apartment projects, at 11:45 AM on Urbanity’s second stage, Thursday August 4.

Quay Quarter, Sydney

3XN along with local partner BVN and Arup are behind the 200-meter-high and 49-storey tall Quay Quarter Tower at 50 Bridge Street close to the Sydney Opera House.

Being developed by by AMP Capital Diversified Property Fund and AMP Capital Wholesale Office Funds, the tower will be a less of a high-rise, but more a vertical village that catalyses life and community feeling.

The existing AMP Centre, which dates to 1976, has been redeveloped to meet modern market demands. In an act of radical sustainability, it will incorporate the majority of the existing structure, adding four new elevator shafts to the core.

The tower comprises five distinct glass volumes, stacked upon each other to improve views over the harbour and allow more daylight into the office floors.

Given the solar envelope and other contextual restraints, the design adds approximately 45,000sq m of new construction primarily on the north side of the building. It also optimises the embodied energy and resources inherent in existing building and results in a remarkably efficient plan.

3XN partner Fred Holt will present a case study on Quay Quarter at 12:15 PM on Urbanity’s main stage, Friday August 5.

Element 27, Subiaco

US build-to-rent giant Sentinel Real Estate’s maiden development in Perth has claimed the title of Australia’s first purpose-built, institutional-grade build-to-rent project.

Located amongst the leafy Subiaco area, the multi-residential complex comprises a variety of amenities for residents to utilise, including pools with cabanas and sundecks, rooftop lounges, barbecues, media rooms and a fitness centre. 

The first stage of Sentinel’s Element 27 development in Subiaco is now certified as the first carbon neutral project of its kind.

The three-stage development with 264 units was designed to incorporate environmental strategies to conserve water and energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimalise maintenance and waste through durable products.

Sentinel managing director Keith Lucas will present a case study on Element 27, one of Australia’s first carbon neutral certified apartment buildings, at 11:15AM on Urbanity’s second stage, Friday August 5.

Atlassian HQ, Sydney

Atlassian is moving ahead with plans to build a $1-billion-plus tower next to Central Station in Sydney after winning approval late last year.

Dexus will develop the tech company’s headquarters—a 39-storey mixed-use tower at 8-10 Lee Street, Haymarket in Sydney’s tech central precinct.

The tower has been designed by SHoP Architects and BVN to house 4000 of Atlassian’s staff as well as reflecting the tech companies core values around sustainability and workplace culture.

It will be the tallest commercial hybrid timber tower in the world and is at the leading edge in its application of carbon sequestering mass-timber construction. 

The building will target a 50 percent reduction in embodied carbon and energy compared to conventional construction. 

The new building will be home to a beloved youth hostel currently on the site, new public access to a preserved historic train shed, ample civic space and amenities, select retail and thousands of technology workers when complete. 

SHoP Architects associate principal Andreia Teixeira will present a case study on Atlassian HQ at 2:45 PM on Urbanity’s main stage, Thursday August 4.

Join us as Urbanity brings together an unrivalled roster of the industry’s best developers, architects, place-makers, innovators and property professionals. 

Urbanity is a must-attend event for anyone that is involved in the development of cities and regions.

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