Smart Design Studio - Sydney Architects

On Bourke

A vacant site in Surry Hills presented a rare opportunity to create something exceptional, a ‘Living Sculpture’. With a curved masonry façade fronting Bourke Street, the striking new building injects a considered contemporary edge into the surrounding conservation area.

The materials and scale acknowledge the streetscape. The dark bronze fence and balustrades reference the metal fretwork of the terraces in a modern way, while the exposed brickwork sits comfortably amongst all the masonry. The proposed top storey appears like a continuation of the neighbouring houses.

The interiors were informed by the ‘Living Sculpture’ concept. The roof peels and folds differently as the building rises, imbuing each of the four apartments with varying spatial qualities.

Generous living spaces combined with curved, elegant joinery and ceiling details are a unique interpretation of city living. Oak floorboards, wool carpets and traditional hard set plaster wall and ceiling finishes run throughout.

Inside the palette is minimal and elegant, allowing shapes of the walls and joinery to be the highlight. Kitchens feature European appliances, built in Dekton benchtops and splashbacks with recessed polyurethane finger pulls. A seamless bank of joinery conceals services such as ducted air conditioning, the refrigerator and laundry. Bathrooms evoke a luxury hotel feel, with stone mosaic curved walls, recessed pelmet lighting and metallic highlights.



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