Smart Design Studio - Sydney Architects

The Moreton Bondi

Winner Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards High-Density Development

Designed by Smart Design Studio with Mirvac, The Moreton encompasses urban design, architecture and interiors. Situated in Bondi, the 1.67ha development is made up of a family of buildings with a unique identity forming a courtyard around Scarba House. Respect for the urban context, existing landscape and the site’s heritage drove the design of 191 apartments with associated car parking, servicing and common areas. The success of the project is how it nestles between the neighbouring buildings to frame a new green square, with the heritage-listed home at the centre.

The predominant material is raked joint painted brickwork, referencing the federation, post-war, art deco and 1970s apartment buildings of Waverley. The palette is restrained to be animated by light and shade, providing a fresh contrast when viewed through the tree canopy.

A new green square setting is open to the public creating a unique focal point for the development and grounds for the heritage-listed house. A series of smaller courtyards and gardens articulate the built mass, creating entries and allowing for solar access, natural cross-ventilation and circulation.


To complement the heritage home a contemporary but classic style is adopted comprising of vertically orientated openings, V-blade walls, simple painted bricks and metal balustrades. Elements are repeated and ordered to create a restrained classical architecture.



An eight storey building fronts Ocean Street, its scale similar to the other tall, modern buildings nearby. Stepping down in height from there, a six storey building forms the spine of the precinct, framing the central garden, while three two storey terraces border Dickson Park, under the generous fig trees.

Sun -shading louvres provide protection to east and west facing rooms whilst maintaining district views. They provide another layer of details and together with the window frames introduce a bronze accent thereby adding warmth and a link to the colour of the landscape.





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