The Commons is about sustainable urbanisation - a replicable triple bottom line development with apartments that are spacious, generous, simple, affordable, sustainable and that value add to the community. At its core, The Commons is about people, not architectural form, and what is most impressive is the way in which people use the building, the way they interact. It’s how they smile and talk to each other in the lift. It’s their generosity toward one another.
The sense of community and camaraderie that quickly developed in the building is incredible. The Commons is filled with great neighbours and good people, and we would like to think that the architecture has been the catalyst for this outcome. It has been a magnet for people of similar values to come together to build a community, and treat common areas like the rooftop garden with pride.
The design strategy for The Commons was to build more with less. To give space and height, light and air. To give people what they needed not what the marketing agents thought would sell. The Commons is made up of a series of small, but delightful architectural moments. And the whole, together, is so much more than the sum of its parts.