Carre Rolland Centre

Noumea, New Caledonia

Client: Promofirst

Year: 2015

The Carre Rolland Centre is a major mixed-use development in the heart of Noumea. With a mix of up-market and social housing, commercial and government offices and an extensive retail area, the project aims to revitalise the downtown area.

Through the use of three distinct residential towers, the development caters to the premium and social housing markets – with all towers sharing a common multi-storey podium with office, aged care and ground level retail.

The project has been inspired by three things: Noumea’s architectural heritage, the quintessential ‘New Caledonia lifestyle’ and a strong connection to natural ventilation and greenery. The designs work to capture these inspirations and turn them into a functional and carefully designed urban hub.

Our ability to collaborate saw us work seamlessly with the project manager, developer and government housing department to deliver an innovative and viable mixed-use concept and submission for the site. We are now working with local architects, PEA, on the integral construction documentation.

From an urban design point of view, the purpose of the project was to use the new development as a catalyst to kick-start the reinvigoration of the idle downtown area. The ML Design team needed to establish a viable development that delivered strong financial outcomes for the developer – all while meeting strict social housing requirements and delivering key urban design outcomes.

To overcome the design challenges faced by ML Design, we facilitated a number of intense design workshops in both New Calendonia and Brisbane. All workshops involved key stakeholders to develop and refine the carefully detailed design. Our collaborative nature saw us achieve meaningful design outcomes in line with the deadlines.

Our design offers remarkable views, naturally ventilated corridors and cross ventilation for all residential units – all adding to the local appeal of the building. Our innovative design also gave a nod to the city’s heritage architecture and works to create an idyllic tropical space in the heart of Noumea.