It is unfortunate that because of such meddling we will end up with another bland block that fades away into the background.
Kent Town apartment blocked
news Council 28 Jul 09 @ 09:10am by Emily Whitham
REJECTED: An artist's impression of the development proposed for Kent Town and, insert, architect Damian Campagnaro, from DC Architecture.
A BOLD, six-storey apartment block proposed for Kent Town has failed to get past Norwood, Payneham & St Peters Council for being too out of character with the heritage surroundings.
The council’s development assessment panel (DAP) last week rejected “The Deq” project a white, curvaceous building inspired by the nearby Kent Town Brewery’s old barley silos after receiving six objections from nearby residents.
The DAP found the density, bulk and scale of the building, on Dequetteville Tce, did not conform with the urban surroundings although NP&SP;staff had said it fitted the development plan and would not comprise the context of local heritage buildings.
Kent Town resident Malcolm Tuck told last week’s DAP meeting the building would be too stark.
“It is not an apartment which fits in the Adelaide Parklands,” he said.
Another resident Chris Shellis said the building would “visually dominate the heritage area”.
“It is out of place,” he said.
Architect Damian Campagnaro, from DC Architecture, said he and his client were disappointed with the DAP decision.
“Heritage can be complemented by modern forms of architecture,” he said.
SEE MR CAMPAGNARO’S FUTURISTIC GLEN OSMOND HOME DESIGN
Mr Campagnaro said the design reflected the growing maturity of the Kent Town area while recognising its past.
“It wasn’t that far out of the ordinary.
“I took into account the views of the people behind us. I just want to put something up that’s good.”
Mr Campagnaro was unsure yet whether to appeal against the DAP ruling.