The largest mixed use precinct Canberra has ever seen
The architectural firm Fender Katsalidis who are behind Canberra’s NewActon, Melbourne’s Eureka Tower and Hobart’s MONA will be the creative minds behind a Canberra’s newest and most exciting mixed-use precinct – Republic.
The exciting new precinct will include public car parking for more than 300 cars; mixed use commercial, retail and enterprise start-up spaces; publicly available gardens, street and amphitheatre and a top floor observatory deck with views over Canberra; residential and serviced apartments; and a 130-room hotel.
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We’ve got Melbourne-style laneway stores, we’ve got convenience outlets, we’ve got some boutique office space and, of course, we’ve got a broad range of apartments and soho terraces.
“Republic will be a destination for living, working, visiting and enjoying. ”
Republic will be a stepping stone as a result of the linkages it creates and encourages in the area. Those linkages will pass through Republic and those traversing the precinct will not only relish the character of the place but will themselves contribute to that character.
“Republic is therefore inextricably of this particular location. Its underlying structure is a strong response to the opportunities presented by this site and the neighbouring city and landscape. Its form is strongly influenced by the connections made with those neighbours, and the opportunity for the broader linkages thereby created.” - David Sutherland1/5
Canberra’s first glass towers and tallest building are just two of the striking features because not only is Republic the balcony to the lake, it is the urban marker at the confluence of the two arms of the lake. In its built form, the composition of buildings is redolent of the unique topography of the area - the hills and valleys, the sky and water.
Republic will be built in three stages, with Stage 1A planned to commence in the second half of 2017.2/5
The ground plane of Republic will be a public place. Activated by great retail, focused on a public plaza flanked by a hotel, incorporating a supermarket and market, enriched by community facilities, this will be the heart of the precinct.
Republic will offer a series of welcoming spaces with opportunities for a range of recreational activities, areas for outdoor markets, outdoor seating associated with restaurants and cafés, informal social seating areas and a network of retail laneways.3/5
The lower buildings are clothed in a materiality of texture and grain, of light and shade, of solid and void. These building offer a human scale and a textural delight to those in and around the precinct.
In careful contrast, the two taller buildings soar vertically, their curved and sinuous forms sculpted by light, their form expressive of the hills and valleys of the Brindabella Ranges.4/5
Republic is an exciting development that will bring NewActon style living and entertainment to Belconnen.
“We’ve put together the same world-leading design team, Fender Katsalidis Architects and OCULUS, that created NewActon to produce something really special for this part of Canberra. GEOCON’s mantra is ‘Building Canberra’ and Republic will add another 1300 apartments to the 1100 we have currently under construction across the city." - Nick Georgalis5/5