Pindari Apartments

Project status: Completed in 2005
Location: 68-76 Wentworth Street, Randwick, NSW 2031

“Absurdity lies in the opposition between the human need for meaning, on the one hand, and the unconcerned and meaningless world, on the other” – Albert Comte

Photography: Brett Boardman

AIA National Architecture Award Multiple Housing, 2009

AIA NSW Architecture Award Multi-unit Residential, 2009

AIA NSW Architecture Award Multi-unit Residential, 2006

The Pindari development consists of 66 units and townhouses, located on an 8,000m² site in North Randwick. The development is made up of three distinct blocks, each occupying one corner of the L-shaped site.

The site was previously owned by the University of NSW, and was re-zoned in 2000 for residential use. In 2002 a master plan was commissioned, which was completed by Candalepas Associates in conjunction with JBA Urban Planning, assistance from PSB Landscape Architects and Arborists, and input from various other consultants.

Unpainted ‘raw’ material finishes have been utilised to reduce maintenance over the lifetime of the building through no requirement to repaint surfaces. High quality, long lasting materials such as sandstone, off-form concrete and rendered brick contribute to the building’s ability to age well over time. High usage public areas have been highlighted through the utilisation of materials such as sandstone reveals around lift doors and marble and granite slabs to stair flights, less important areas use simple concrete tiles and painted surfaces, though still at a high level of finish.