Situated on Sixth Street, The Bowden Urban Village 6 on Sixth development is a reinterpretation of the industrial-style architecture once prevalent in the locale of Hindmarsh and Bowden in South Australia.

Realised by Tridente Architects, the 6 on Sixth building comprises of six three-story Torrens Titled row houses, with common party walls, which offer living spaces on the first floor, and bedrooms on the group and top floor.

This design concept is carefully considered to provide flexibility in planning, allowing the spaces to be utilised freely to suit individual requirements.  

Unifying the six houses into a singular form is an elaborate brickwork brise-soleil that acts as a practical solar screening device, working to manage the micro-environmental conditions of each dwelling, all the while providing a level of privacy to occupants and a mechanism for discreet passive surveillance.  

Photography by Simon Cecere

The perforated brickwork is not only a nod to remnant building structures in the area, but its composition of mass is also considered to void ratio.

7.4 metres in height, the facade to the street is constructed from two leaves of interlocking recycled brickwork that is reinforced every 1.8 metres with a continuous steel plate to accommodate the varying heights and lengths.

This coupled with the placement of the openings and the random splattering of recycled painted bricks gives the imposing wall a unique texture.

Located within close proximity to the Gerard Goodman Park, the building takes a step back from the boundary zone to further emphasise the pedestrian pocket park and reduces overshadowing in the afternoon.

Technical drawing of elevation

Originally proposed by the South Australian Government, the 6 on Sixth Bowden Urban Village development sits on a consolidated industrial site of 16.3 hectares that borders the City of Adelaide.

Considered to be the first large scale urban renewal project in South Australia, the 6 on Sixth project adheres strictly to design guidelines set specifically by the Bowden Design Review Panel to create contemporary eco-friendly buildings that are practical, liveable, and reflect the area’s rich industrial heritage.

“Bowden will be defined by a built form that has subtle reference to its utilitarian past, but without resorting to historic cloning,” says Keith Cottier, Chair of the Bowden Design Review Panel.