In a strategic move to cater to the rapidly growing local government area (LGA) in Tasmania, property developers Tipalea Partners, in collaboration with i2C Architects, have revealed their plans for the upcoming Spring Farm Village in Kingston.
The proposed neighbourhood activity centre is strategically located at a prominent gateway intersection within Kingston, serving as an entry point to the residential estate on Spring Farm Road. The development aims to cater to the burgeoning demand in the region, with vehicles entering Spring Farm Village from the Southern Outlet arterial south road.
The centrepiece of Spring Farm Village will be anchored by the largest Coles supermarket in the area, offering major retail, commercial, and medical spaces. This development is poised to provide local residents with a convenient hub for socializing, dining, and entertainment. Moreover, by attracting diverse businesses to Kingston, the centre is expected to enhance employment opportunities beyond Hobart.
Entering Spring Farm Village from the east, patrons will be welcomed by a vibrant outdoor dining area, creating a communal space for locals to gather and connect. This design emphasizes the neighbourhood activity centre’s role as a community venue, promoting a sense of togetherness.
Fraser Moy, Project Designer at i2C Architects, highlighted the project’s commitment to local accessibility and seamless integration with the community.
“Kingston, whilst only 15 minutes away, has formed an independent identity to that of Hobart – with rich access to nature and a coastal feel. The objective of the design was to embrace natural tones and materials, emphasising a harmonious integration with the surrounding environment,” said Fraser.
The palette for the project leans heavily on earthy and organic colours, drawing inspiration from the natural architectural tones found in Kingston and Tasmania. Incorporating materials such as timber, stone, metal, and blockwork, the development aims to establish a rich contextualization within its surroundings.
“We were inspired by the colours of the natural bushland to the North and West, as well as the views of Mount Wellington. Incorporating the eucalypt green tones into the canopy of the structure and earthy tones to the base helps settle the development into its surroundings,” said Fraser.
Taking advantage of expansive views to the Northwest, upper-level commercial spaces offer panoramic views of Mt. Wellington and the surrounding ranges. The overall structure of Spring Farm Village integrates natural forms and curves, drawing inspiration from Kingston’s coastline, creating welcoming spaces for visitors to congregate.
Scott Spanton from Tipalea Partners emphasized that Spring Farm Village is designed not only for the current community but also for new residents in the recently developed area.
“Our vision is to create a vibrant, sustainable neighbourhood activity centre in Kingston—a thriving hub that fosters economic independence, active transportation, and a welcoming environment for residents and visitors alike,” said Scott.
About i2C Architects
i2C Architects was established in 1999 by Brian Jende and Anthony Merlin, and is focused on creating innovative architectural designs across retail, interiors, urban, mixed-use and build-to-rent. Delivering all projects with excellence, the dynamic team stands at the forefront of the industry, creating original and sustainable design solutions.
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