North Sydney Council studied this area and identified three combined sites as needing a coordinated masterplan. Charter Hall engaged us to draw together several elements to develop a ‘sense of place,’ generate employment, and bring new housing to St Leonards.
We surveyed locals and found that they felt St Leonards was “soulless, lacking identity, with no public space and very little retail.” We saw this as an opportunity to raise the bar for the whole district. The result became the ‘Oasis Art Precinct,’ a project that rejuvenates and refreshes, bringing together the wants and needs of the residents and workers.
The key elements consist of a large green space, cultural centre and bold tower to activate and entice new life. Our design creates a new community hub, supports jobs, maximises solar access with its neighbours and creates a vibrant public realm.