Tipalea Partners and i2C Architects unveil plans for neighbourhood activity centre in Tasmania, Spring Farm Village17 January 2024
Property developers Tipalea Partners, along with i2C Architects have launched plans for Spring Farm Village in Kingston to service the fastest-growing local government area (LGA) in Tasmania.
The neighbourhood activity centre will be situated at a prominent gateway intersection within Kingston – forming an entry to the residential estate on Spring Farm Road, with vehicles entering Spring Farm Village from the Southern Outlet arterial south road.
Anchored by the largest Coles supermarket in the region, Spring Farm Village will host major retail, commercial and medical spaces providing local residents with a convenient location to meet, eat and play. By attracting diverse businesses to Kingston, the new centre will also enhance employment opportunities outside of Hobart.
Entering Spring Farm Village from the east, patrons will be greeted with a vibrant outdoor dining area, providing locals with a communal space to congregate and connect, further cementing the neighbourhood activity centre as a community venue.
i2C Architects Project Designer, Fraser Moy said the Spring Farm Village design prioritises local accessibility and ensures the development not only serves the community, but ﬁts seamlessly into it.
“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.
Prioritising a palette of earthy and organic colours, i2C Architects leaned into design motifs that reference the natural architectural palette found in Kingston and Tasmania. The use of materials such as timber, stone, metal and blockwork will also play a pivotal role in establishing a rich contextualisation for the development.
“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.
Making use of the expansive views to the North West, the upper-level commercial spaces have also been positioned to oﬀer views of Mt Wellington and the surrounding ranges.
The structure of Spring Farm Village incorporates natural forms and curves, inspired by the coves and inlets along the coastline of Kingston, which act to create welcoming spaces for visitors to congregate, and adds to a distinctive facade that serves as a functional shading and wayﬁnding element, as well as an iconic placemaking strategy.
Scott Spanton from Tipalea Partners said that Spring Farm Village will also provide beneﬁts for new residents within the recently developed area.
“Our vision was to create a vibrant, sustainable neighbourhood activity centre in Kingston, to ensure a thriving hub of community life that fosters economic independence, active transportation, and a welcoming environment for residents and visitors alike,” said Scott.