Smart Design Studio - Sydney Architects


A new boutique development for Bondi

Twenty Hall is a boutique apartment and retail building located metres from Bondi Beach. Comprising ten generous apartments atop a corner retail tenancy, it’s a contemporary extension of the original Bondi Post Office. The design respectfully retains the original building fabric from the 1920s whilst sculpting new fenestrations that reference the existing architecture. The corner position has an established angled geometry that the new building adopts with angled sandstone blades to filter views, protect glass from the hot summer sun and offer privacy.

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Stokes 18 is a ‘big cousin’ and neighbour to our own studio, Stokes 14. It transitions from the lower scale of the adjoining heritage conservation area to the emerging city centre of Green Square City. In a similar way to our studio, Stokes 18 runs off the energy that it produces, which is estimated to be 1.3 times its annual consumption. To achieve this, 400 solar photo-voltaic panels are integrated into the facades and roof and are coupled with battery storage. Concurrently, the building is designed to be very low energy in operation, which is achieved through energy-efficient fixtures and fittings, natural cross-ventilation, daylight harvesting and minimising AC.

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Christina Markham

Join SDS Studio director Christina Markham architect at Sydney’s Tusculum on Friday 1st Mar 2024 at 12:30 pm for In Conversation – Queering Architecture. This panel discussion will investigate the modes of queering architecture in the built form and our profession and will be moderated by Australian Institute of Architects Institute’s CEO, Cameron Bruhn.  Also taking part in the lively conversation are Director of Co-AP, Will Fung and Alison Cox, campaigner for gender neutral bathrooms to be mandated in the National Construction Code.

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