Smart Design Studio - Sydney Architects

Bridge 17

Winner IDEA Workplace Under 1000SQM
Commendation Australian Interior Design Award Workplace Design

Bridge 17 is a sculptural, functional and bespoke workplace within a refurbished and reimagined existing addition atop a significant 9 storey heritage-listed sandstone building in the Sydney CBD. This necessary upgrade of a dilapidated 1980’s rooftop addition became an opportunity to create a light filled and naturally ventilated dramatic workspace.

A well-proportioned separation of the roof top addition from the existing sandstone parapet through the introduction of a perimeter balcony allows for architectural and spatial relief, differentiating the new from the old in a simple yet elegant manner.

The external volumes are enjoyed internally via double height, light-flooded spaces. Highlighting the vaulted ceiling is a white set render finish adding drama and reflecting light deep into the office. This ceiling contrasts in colour and texture with the timber panelled joinery datum below. Providing an even greater contrast is the black custom joinery, furniture and fittings which complete the reserved colour palette.

Structurally, the addition embraces the economy of lightweight steel construction to enable large, open-plan interiors. The large expanse of sliding doors and glazing along these balconies enabled by the minimal structure provides for natural light and ventilation and frames views of the Sydney skyline.

Smart Design Studio’s design for this new workplace builds on our ongoing work and research into best practice international workplace design. The sensitive design of the addition results in an elegant new rooftop to the original sandstone building. Above all, our clients now have a light-filled and calm space in which to work, nestled within Sydney’s CBD.


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