For future residents of what is sure to become one of Canberra’s most admired apartment precincts, the spirit of Walter Burley Griffin will be an ever-present neighbour.
Tribute is paid to the architect of our city not just in the name of the new Parkes development, The Griffin, but also in the creative vision behind it.
Taking shape at one of the most prestigious sites in Canberra, along Constitution Avenue, just metres from the lake and part of the parliamentary triangle (a significant feature of Burley Griffin’s plan for Canberra), the development has been designed with the legacy of its namesake looming large.
“To me the most important aspect of the project was giving residents features honouring both Walter Burley Griffin and the lifestyle possibilities there,” said the project’s architect Ewald de Weerd, from DBI Design.
The Griffin is a collection of three buildings inspired by the holistic design philosophy of Burley Griffin and encompassing his passion for place making. It also brings to life his vision for medium density housing along the lake.
Neighbouring both the city and the lake, and rising above the expansive lawns and leafy trees of Commonwealth Park, the development is designed to engage with the natural landscape through its architecture and open spaces.
A pedestrian underpass means residents can be at the lake’s edge in minutes. The centre of the city is around 15 minutes walk away.
Each building frames something special with views to either the lake, of mature trees more than five stories high, Mount Ainslie, or the development’s 1000-metre square private podium gardens.
Mr de Weerd and the project developer, Amalgamated Property Group, worked closely with the National Capital Authority (NCA) because of the significance of the site and its importance to the Canberra landscape.
With construction now started and expected to be completed in mid-2022, the project’s meticulous attention to detail included ensuring all of the buildings were scaled proportionately and oriented to perfectly slot into the space, and the canopies of the surrounding trees.
The result is some of the most spacious floorplans and a very special lifestyle opportunity combined with luxury inclusions and a location to match.
“The design and development of The Griffin was a very detailed process in conjunction with NCA. The site is so unique that our vision had a lot of history that it was destined to align with,” Mr de Weerd said. “The opportunity to design a part of our nation’s history is incredibly fulfilling.”
“The positioning of the buildings has been carefully planned as part of a purposeful vision to strengthen the relationship with Constitution Avenue and the parliamentary triangle, as well as respond to the organic forms of the lake and Commonwealth Park.
“We did an extensive site analysis to ensure The Griffin would provide homes that responded to both aspect and climate and everything around it. Our vision is that from day one it will be like The Griffin was always here.”