Commissioned by the Department of Human Services as part of the Federal Government’s Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan, ROTHELOWMAN has delivered a masterplanned redevelopment of an active public housing site, St John’s Place in North Melbourne.

Viewing the site holistically as an entire city block, ROTHELOWMAN’s vision incorporated five residential buildings, designed to create a series of architectural spaces, nodal points and paths that collectively form a series of communal spaces for residents.

External architecture responds to the existing nature of the site while bringing a sharp urban edge. A street facade of translucent glass panels reflects generous street landscaping and changes under differing lighting conditions. Within the site, a softer series of woven facades takes advantage of substantial landscaping running through the development.