Located on the fringe of Canberra’s city centre in the suburb of Braddon, Gatsby enjoys a unique setting on the tree lined boulevard of Ainslie Avenue. Gatsby is built on the site of one of Canberra’s earliest hotels within a precinct of significant heritage listed homes and buildings.
Gatsby is a boutique development of 72 apartments across two, three storey buildings with a single level basement. Critical to the projects appeal was a low level design showing elements of early Canberra architecture to ensure the project was in keeping with its heritage surroundings.
After negotiating the project with a repeat client, PBS Building undertook a full design and construct role.
The building has load bearing brickwork and Ultrafloor structure with large span timber roof trusses to maximise speed of construction. All façade elements were chosen to meet the stringent heritage requirements including the recycling of the roof tiles from the original motel. The final product, whilst keeping with the heritage feel of the area, offers buyers a modern alternative just five minutes walk from the city.