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Design Outcome

​Design Checklist​​

  1. The prominence of a street corner location is reflected in the building's design
  2. The development capitalises on a street corner’s suitability for retail or commercial activities


Due to their prominent dual street frontage, corner sites are ideal for mixed use developments with retail and commercial activities at the ground floor. The defining position of a corner site also requires a design approach that differs from a standard site.​


Better Design Practice

Use the prominence of a street corner to create a building that defines the surrounding area.

Corner developments provide an opportunity to define the street corner and reinforce the adjacent public space / street through their overall form and façade. Building elements that emphasise the corner include:
  • reduced or no setbacks;
  • architectural elements including corner pediments, parapets, and awnings or verandahs that wrap the corner;
  • extra height at the corner.

Provide separate entrances for different uses.

​Corner developments allow for the clear separation of entrances to different uses. An entrance to ground floor commercial / retail space may be placed in the most prominent position at the corner, while an entrance to upper residential spaces may be placed along the façade on either street.​

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