The design teams behind these projects—named Australia Towers (a pair of elliptical towers), Opal Tower, and Boomerang Tower—were essentially tasked with creating a community from the ground up. When all three projects are completed, the towers will enhance Olympic Park’s liveability via their high quality design, connections to the parklands and amenities that nurture organic neighborhood growth.
Great care was taken with the connections between the towers and the ground plane to ensure that Olympic Boulevard and Australia Avenue, Olympic Park’s two main streets, will be activated. The shared lobby in Australia Towers’ podium has become the development’s central social space, where families and residents often gather, and its connection to a nearby retail arcade with cafes, shops, a pharmacy and gym facilities has helped bolster activity along Australia Avenue. Similar transformations and street level permeability are expected at Opal Tower and Boomerang Tower.
At Opal Tower, a childcare center located on the corner of the site will allow families living in Olympic Park’s residential towers to easily plug into nearby care facilities, simplifying commutes and helping to build the local neighborhood by fostering relationships between families. The adjacency to Bicentennial Park will also enable the center to take full advantage of the parklands year round, giving kids a great place where they can play.
Boomerang Tower extends Olympic Park’s commercial development to the town centre’s edge via its commercial podium. This 8 storey volume stacks retail space at the ground level, parking and commercial office space, complete with a rooftop terrace. Mixing uses in this manner will help draw more people to this corner of Olympic Park.
Australia Towers, Opal Tower and Boomerang Tower demonstrate that, when designed well, tall buildings can help complement and transition the monumental scale of Olympic Park. Together, these projects provide the needed space for compact commercial and residential development, and contribute to the architectural diversity that will catalyse Olympic Park’s growth into a vibrant community.