IDS-12: Illawarra LALC – Mixed Use Development

Integrated Design Studio

About the project

This project is one of a series of Integrated Design Studios (IDS’s) to be carried out under i-Hub. This studio will use the Illawarra LALC Former Unanderra Police Station Redevelopment as a case study.

Integrated design aims to empower architecture with engineering and technical performance, to produce ‘towards zero energy’ facilities that will reduce operating costs and assist to combat climate change.

The IDS’s will generate improvements in integrated design processes as well as yielding design ideas for the building typologies they are concerned with. Renewable energy technologies will be a key focus.

Project titleIntegrated Design Studio IDS-12 – Illawarra LALC – Mixed Use Development
Project numberIDS-12
Project locationUnanderra
Lead partnerUniversity of Wollongong
Project partners
Project participantsIllawarra LALC, Stantec, MIEngineers, Edmiston Jones
Start date07/2021
End date05/2022
ARENA/i-Hub funding$72,693
Total project cost$199,077


With energy technologies and design requirements continuously improving, older existing structures find themselves rapidly outdated in comparison to newer constructions. Through innovative design, these older structures can be retrofitted using newer technologies and design principles, giving these structures new life and purpose. The Integrated Design Studio research (IDS) will investigate design innovation to reduce net energy consumption through the use of renewables and other energy technologies.

This IDS will produce innovative design concepts aimed at redeveloping the existing structure into functional office, retail, or residential  spaces, to support the local indigenous community, integrating renewable technologies with traditional indigenous design principles.


The Integrated Design Studios (of which this is one), will be carried out at a number of universities (UoM, QUT, and University of Wollongong), they provide an environment where integrated design processes can be tested and refined on different building typologies.

The IDSs bring together academics, industry consultants, and clients assisted by undergraduate and masters level students to explore integrated design.

Output will include findings on how to enable integrated design as well as student produced collateral on design ideas for indigenous communities, through integrating modern design principles with traditional design concepts.


This project is expected to contribute to the development of a robust integrated design process able to be extended to industry to change the way design traditionally occurs on projects improving carbon performance. 

It will also produce design ideas specific to building redevelopments utilising indigenous design principles that may be adopted by the client, project participants, or the wider indigenous community. The use of renewables technologies will be a key focus.

Additional impact

Integrated Design by its nature is an inclusive process that will produce designs that better serve society as a whole.  As well as improved technical (energy) performance, design outcomes are expected to also provide increased community and societal benefits.

Project reports

IDS12 Design Studio outcomes report – 100%
IDS12 Illawarra LALC Vetting Report
IDS12 Lessons learnt report
IDS12 Sub – project knowledge sharing report

Evaluation Framework

All sub-projects within i-Hub are evaluated as part of the ongoing i-Hub project management process. Evaluation is completed by the project manager and reviewed by the Activity Leaders Group and i-Hub Steering Committee. Please click here to read the Evaluation Framework.

Created 23/08/2021