Larger, more complex buildings located in places with
higher concentrations of urban activity.
Buildings in activity centres accommodate a wide
range of uses, such as living, working, shopping and services. Buildings in
these locations may be larger than those in surrounding neighbourhoods, take up
more of the site and be built to the front and side boundaries. They may
incorporate a mix of uses that mean people are present at different times of
Depending on the location within the activity centre,
a building may be an intense development, it may provide
a transition to more sensitive uses, or it may blend in with the surrounding
area. Buildings in activity centres
often accommodate a variety
of uses and over time, these uses may change.
design should consider future changes in use and internal layout.
Why is it
Buildings, together with the streets and public
spaces, form the city. Buildings make a significant contribution to a city's
sense of place, and its comfort and liveability. The
physical form and character of buildings shape the public spaces of a city. The activities buildings accommodate will have an effect on the surrounding area. Importantly, larger or
complex buildings make a significant contribution to their setting. Buildings
in activity centres, whether private or public, contribute to the vitality of
the street and public spaces.
1.2 Activity centre structure
Element 2.2 Pedestrian priority streets
Element 3.2 Street
spaces and plazas
Element 4 Public