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Bourke and Bowden is a precinct providing an abundance of landscape and urban experiences that will become a new gateway to the Alexandria neighbourhood.

It sits at the heart of a rapidly changing Alexandria – a new demographic and an evolving urban condition generated by the stimulus of nearby Green Square and the urban regeneration of the southern fringe of the Sydney CBD. Drawing from existing pockets of successful fine-grained and intimate regeneration within the neighbourhood, it’s a place that values people and the way they come together to work and socialise.

Holding the corner of Bourke Road and Bowden Street is a campanile. Clearly defined in silhouette, the campanile signifies a gateway to the neighbourhood and defines the address of the precinct. With a dynamic façade rich in shades of terracotta and umber, Bourke & Bowden recalls the character of Alexandria’s manufacturing and industrial past while also looking to its future.

The Bowden Street frontage is defined by a north facing veranda, which provides an active, landscaped link between the proposed key green spaces to the north and to the south of the site.

Central to the precinct is a courtyard, the centre of gravity and the lively green threshold to the commercial activities within this new precinct. A sanctuary from the noise of the street and an addition to the broader public domain, it provides an open air extension of the workplace and ground level retail offerings. This landscaped ground plane will be a highly permeable and active place, adding to the existing street grid and creating new opportunities for pedestrian and open space connections.

The diversity of these experiences and the character of their built form establishes an authentic urban condition that resonates with the community. 

  • Traditional Custodians Gadigal people of the Eora Nation
  • Client Time & Place / Hickory
  • Location Alexandria, NSW
  • Project Duration 2020 – 2023
  • Floor Levels 4 + basement and roof plant/terrace
  • Floor Area 18,000m2
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