Reunion Place is a residential development in the bayside area of Hampton, comprising 24 spacious residences across a pair of interconnected buildings, carefully scaled and placed around a retained Edwardian home.
Located on the corners of Linacre Road and Deakin Street South, the design is inspired by the relaxed coastal atmosphere, rich built traditions and leafy flora of its garden setting.
The project references mid-century modern design within the context of contemporary coastal style. This is exemplified through the use of honestly expressed, robust materials, strong and simple form-making lines, light-filled spaces and a generally horizontal expression.
The retained Edwardian family home known as ‘Pontac’ will be relocated closer to the road and repositioned in tandem with a lowered fence line to ensure its prominence within the development. Interstitial elements between the home and the proposed buildings respond to the form, scale, and materiality of Pontac, mediating and expressing the transition from old to new.
The new buildings offer a two-story expression with a recessive third level and mix of balconies, planters and window openings. They share a central, double-height interconnected lobby space accessed via an entry arbour. This vaulting space will incorporate art, light and landscape, creating a unique entry experience.
The buildings’ scale and form are expressed and articulated with finer details and quality materials selected to age gracefully, such as brick, concrete, stone, metal and timber. Warm whites, bronzes and silver-grey tones ensure that the textures of these materials are expressed in harmony. Trellises, balconies and angled windows control and filter light, affording privacy and outlooks within the site and between the neighbouring dwellings.
The garden setting incorporates a mix of tree species, well-suited to the sand belt soil and semi-coastal climate. Hardscape is feathered at the edges of the ground plane to increase permeability and space for living green. The fence line purposefully diverges from the footpath to soften and mediate the transition from public to private spaces.