Vertical mixed use Print

Design Outcome

​​​​Design Checklist​

  1. Lower levels of the development, particularly at the street front, are reserved for commerical, hospitality and retail uses
  2. Upper levels of the development are reserved for office and residential uses
  3. Incompatible uses, within the building and across sites, are appropriately separated


Vertically mixed use developments are more suitable for town centres and major transport corridors, where there is a demand for street-front retail and commercial activities. ​

There are a number of advantages to vertical mixed use developments, including:
  • activation of the street edge through ground floor retail and commercial uses;
  • upper story residential units benefit from improved privacy, access to sunlight and views, whilst also providing passive surveillance of public spaces;
  • an increased demand for local services;
  • easy access to local employment opportunities.​

Better Design Practice

Ensure compatibility of uses in vertically organised mixed use developments.​

Ensure activities in vertically mixed use developments are compatible by:
  • locating retail or hospitality uses on street frontages (especially at street corners) in order to activate the public realm;
  • avoiding residential uses at ground level in locations where privacy would be unduly comprimised;
  • locating one or more floors of office space directly above the ground floor to act as a buffer between commerical uses at ground level and residential use on upper floors
  • implementing construction solutions that minimise vertical noise transmission between levels, such as acoustically treated walls and floors.

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