Located on Sixth Street Bowden, 6 on Sixth has been realised in what is considered to be the first large scale urban renewal project in South Australia.

Initiated by the South Australian Government, the Bowden Urban Village comprises a transit orientated urban renewal project on an amalgamated industrial site of 16.3 hectares in close proximity to the City of Adelaide.

The site has a south westerly aspect in close proximity to Gerard Goodman Park with a pedestrian pocket park directly adjacent. The physical and environmental conditions in conjunction with the urban design guidelines specific to The Bowden Urban Village have informed the development of the concept.

Consisting of six three-storey Torrens Titled row houses with common party walls, each dwelling incorporates living spaces on the first floor and bedrooms on the ground and top floor.

Working closely with the client, the developer and builder, and with ‘dsquared’, the Green Star Accredited Professional for the Bowden Urban Village, the project went through a number of major iterations before the final building was realised. During this process Environmentally Sustainable Design, Green Star assessment and NatHERS modelling was undertaken and the project obtained five star certification using Green Star Multi-Unit Residential v1.

Environmental factors considered comprised environmental management, indoor air quality, energy use, transport, water use and reuse, material selection, land use and ecology, emissions and innovation.


  • Integrated sun control to minimise overshadowing of adjacent sites and the pocket park
  • Good passive solar design principals to reduce reliance on mechanical systems
  • High levels of thermal insulation to the building fabric and sealing of openings
  • Use of energy efficient light fittings and appliances
  • Outdoor drying spaces to reduce reliance on clothes dryers
  • Natural light and cross ventilation in common areas
  • Effective sun shading
  • Ceiling fans in habitable rooms and bedroom
  • Photo voltaic panels to the roof to reduce electrical consumption
  • Roof water collection & reuse