Dairy Road

Canberra, Australia (In re-development)

Currently made up of seven main buildings tenanted to government and private businesses, the site is located two kilometres from the Canberra Airport, and eight from the CBD and surrounded by incredible bush and lake. The development of this site is informed by everything we’ve done to date. It’s also where we grow the honey for the Monster kitchen and bar1Monster kitchen and bar is the physical and metaphorical seed of Hotel Hotel. It’s the public life of the building and the living room of the hotel’s guests. . The initial phases will be implemented over 2016-2017 using the opportunities available under the existing zone with a focus on “makers and creators” with an emphasis on food2Our interest in food manifests theoretically and practically. As well as working with producers we’ve become producers ourselves: the NewActon garden supplies A. Baker fresh produce and we collect honey from our East Lake Foreshore for Monster kitchen and bar. and produce.

The intention is to accommodate a mixture of

residential, commercial, retail, light industrial, creative3Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and valuable is formed, such as an idea, a scientific theory, an invention, a literary work, a painting, a musical composition, a system, a joke, etc. It is the process of producing something that is both original and worthwhile, It can come in many forms and can be applied to all areas of life and work. uses and cultural uses developed as a dense urban village.

This initial phase will also see improvements to bicycle linkages to the external network, creation of initial public spaces, on-site stormwater treatment and forward landscaping. Following the rezoning of the land the range of land uses will be progressively broadened to include retail, recreation, leisure, commercial offers and ultimately residential.

We love pictures and story telling. With them we create visual essays of the landscape, our projects and curiosities.

Dairy Road is 14-hectare site located 8km from the centre of Canberra, adjacent to the Jerrabomberra Wetlands. Dairy Road is the next iteration of what it means to make a neighbourhood. Over the next 10–15 years the site will be populated with more than 50 buildings combining artist residences and studios, retail, light industrial, commercial, creative1Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and valuable is formed, such as an idea, a scientific theory, an invention, a literary work, a painting, a musical composition, a system, a joke, etc. It is the process of producing something that is both original and worthwhile, It can come in many forms and can be applied to all areas of life and work. and cultural spaces. The very beginnings of transformation are underway. From here, and right through to the completion of the last building, Dairy Road will be a vast experiment; a prototype for how we might live and work together now and in the future, and participate in each other’s creative and commercial endeavours. Dairy Road will see an experimental mix of highly interwoven uses built up over many years within a dense urban village. This approach is especially radical for Canberra, a city with rigid planning that segments uses—particular suburbs are zoned for particular uses, with little to no overlap between residential, retail, industrial and commercial uses.
Historically, industry was noxious and made for an unpleasant neighbour. In many cities, light industry and living spaces have been systematically separated out through zoning. Dairy Road will explore the possibilities that arise when these activities converge again. The development of the site provides a unique opportunity to retain the industrial built form and immerse it within new and contrasting forms of uses.

The first phase of development is a collaboration between Craig Tan and Oculus. Architectural insertions in the existing sheds and the conversion of roads and car parks into green walkways and gardens signify the beginning of the change. Smaller villages are being built within the larger buildings. The internal spaces provide both intimacy and expanse—combining active productive spaces with quiet contemplative spaces, linked together by laneways, nooks and internal gardens.

Dairy Road is home to Capital Brewing Co. who operate their working brewery on-site—brewing, dispatching and serving more than two million litres of beer and cider each year. Visitors can take a brewery tour or sit outside in the garden under a tree and drink a beer, or both. Similarly, Barrio Coffee are setting up a highly visible coffee roasting operation on-site. Building 2 has been transformed into a place for indoor bouldering by BlocHaus, while Vertikal Indoor Snowsports are building a downhill ski-slope into Building 3.2.
In just over six months, visitation to the site has increased from 200 people per week to more than 10,000 people per week. Dairy Road is already becoming a place to make, see and do.

We love pictures and story telling. With them we create visual essays of the landscape, our projects and curiosities.

Project NameDiary Road Foreshore
Project TypeMixed use urban renewal project
Design TeamOculus, Craig Tan, Fender Katsalidis Architects, UP and Molonglo Group
Size14.5 hectares
StatusIn re-development