Smart Design Studio - Sydney Architects

Happy Holidays

As we farewell 2015, the Smart Design Studio office will be closed from December 25th until January 3rd. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday and we look forward to sharing more exciting news with you in 2016. Read more

A Colourful Past for Harbour Masters House

The transformation of the Harbour Masters house, built by convicts in 1832 commenced with a briefing that was centred on a Farrow & Ball fan deck. Our clients, who clearly had a passion for bold colour, wanted to invigorate their home with a selection of modern and antique furniture and a brave attitude to colour. Read more

National Architecture Award for Orama

National Architecture Award for Orama Read more

Form has a Function Conversation with Stephen Todd

At the heart of every project we do there lies an idea, a process or a story which drives and completes the design. We love sharing these in our conversation series which provides an insight into our Studio’s creative process. In our latest conversation, William Smart and Glenn O’Loughlin discuss with Stephen Todd whether form and function are still relevant to the making of architecture. Read the full article on our Conversations page here. Read more

Sussex 286 Success

Smart Design Studio have won the Design Excellence Competition for 286 Sussex Street Sydney with a design which focuses on the interplay between Sydney’s historic foundations and the urban reactivation of the site. The winning design for Sussex 286 appropriates the surrounding fabric of the city to create a new brick building with handsome proportions, minimal detailing and distinctive style. The podium contains 147 boutique inner city hotel rooms, as well as ground floor restaurant, retail and shared facilities with the inclusion of 99 luxury apartments in the tower. The proposed form reads as a series of boxes assembled from the finer scales of the surrounding buildings. The building’s concept is Urban Life, and celebrates the intensely urban qualities of this site. The combination of high quality amenity for the hotel and apartment dwellers will make Sussex 286 an exceptional place to live, work and experience. Read more

Orama wins the AIA Hugh and Eva Buhrich Award

The award winning transformation of 'Orama' , a gracious Victorian villa in Sydney's Woollahra, involved the enhancement and extension of an historic house to create a comfortable family home, and a setting for the client's art collection. Luxurious in space and detail, the success of design has been met with multiple award wins.

The AIA Hugh and Eva Buhrich Award, Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Australian Interior Design Awards, Residential Design - National
Australian Interior Design Awards, Residential Design - Best of State
Belle Coco Replublic Interior Design Awards, Best Bathroom Design Read more


Good things come in small packages. With simplicity and elegance the design of this space cleverly incorporates six rooms into one. Kitchen, dining, living, study, bathroom and laundry, all of which were once an awkward warren of small rooms at the rear of this Victorian terrace house, have been transformed into a beautifully modern kitchen and living space. The end result opens up the house to the courtyard garden with a seamless transition between inside and out. More on the Chapple Residence here. Read more


Awards season is upon us! We've been successful in both the Australian Interior Design Awards and the Belle Coco Republic Awards, winning the national award and best of state for for the AIDA and Belle's Best Bathroom Design for our amazing residential project Orama. More awards to be announced so stay tuned. Read more


Arlington Grove creates a new, beautifully landscaped, residential precinct fronting a newly created greenway in Dulwich Hill. The architecture is strong and modulated and uses the dominant material of this inner-west area, red brick, for its facades and columns. With four new buildings, accommodating 246 apartments arrayed around a series of leafy courtyards and lanes, the development is set to transform this area. In addition to creating beautifully planned and sustainable apartments, there are numerous community benefits for the future residents and neighbours alike. Read more about Arlington Grove here. Read more


Smart Design Studio's latest project with Mirvac, The Moreton Bondi has just launched with nearly all 190 apartments being sold over the weekend. The Moreton is comprised of a family of buildings with a unique identity that form a green courtyard surrounding the heritage listed Scarba House. See more on The Moreton here. Read more

Art and architecture talk The art of designing galleries

William Smart was recently invited to speak at the Art Gallery of NSW. The talk focussed on art and architecture and the process of designing galleries, from private commissions and competitions, to create innovative, versatile and joyous spaces for making, housing and showing art. White Rabbit Gallery and Indigo Slam were the Smart Design Studio projects showcased explaining the importance of art and architecture to our business. Read more

Maxwell ( Smart) Launch

The latest stage of Mirvac’s Harold Park development, Maxwell Place, was successfully launched this weekend. Conceived of as a promontory, the building’s angled façade of sheer vertical walls and layered horizontal slabs draws inspiration from its location between the park and a spectacular sandstone cliff. Smart Design Studio’s approach is to create buildings where the interiors and architecture are seamlessly integrated together; here the concept extends inside each apartment through a palette of materials detailed to reference the rockface. Construction will commence shortly with completion scheduled for late 2016. Read more

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