Marquet & Mary
With a design excellence competition-winning scheme, Fender Katsalidis has been engaged by Deicorp to design Marquet & Mary, a residential project in the emerging Rhodes Station town centre. The design focuses on creating an elegant addition to the Rhodes skyline while providing an active mixed-use precinct. The proposed 32-storey development includes 213 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments and 3,782sqm of commercial space.
The City of Canada Bay Council Design Jury for the design excellence competition selected FK’s design for its “elegant internal apartment planning, the tripartite vertical rhythm of the facade and elegant tower form, along with the human scaled design of the podium. …The central courtyard providing light and natural ventilation, the provision of a public plaza at the southern entrance to the through site link and fine-grain design of the ground plane… “.
To the east of the site, a new public landscaped laneway, enlivened by active retail uses on the ground level, aims to connect the greater Rhodes area.
The materiality proposed on the podium references the masonry and brickwork heritage of inter-war period bungalow typologies historically known in the suburb. Adding an atrium to the north of the podium was a key design element to provide new apartment offerings, natural light and ventilation to the site.
The tower’s eastern edges are angled and feature a profiled facade. The sleek, glassy form minimises shadowing on an existing plaza adjacent to the site, creating a dynamic and articulated tower expression.