Inner-city Potts Point is a dense active locality. The 10 Wylde Street apartments replace an existing building and maintain the form and scale of the street.
From the harbour edge, the building presents a glazed, horizontally articulated volume. From Wylde Street, the building has a masonry character, following the tradition of surrounding 19th- and 20th-century apartment buildings. This street facade ‘twists’ to allow the ground floor to align with the street edge, while providing a landscape buffer. The narrow footprint of the building allows cross-flow ventilation and solar access to all apartments.
Communal and private landscaping captures view corridors while the building form is articulated to maintain adjoining neighbours harbour views. All apartments have large private open space, some with landscaped courtyards, others with large balconies. The building aesthetic makes reference to the architectural heritage of the vicinity delivering a contemporary interpretation of the local vernacular.
When the client/developer laments “We shouldn’t have sold them off the plan,” you know the project has exceeded expectations. SJB has taken a very significant residential site in Sydney and executed a balanced, finely detailed building that not only satisfies the market but will also stand the test of time. With twenty-two apartments over seven levels, the building echoes the proportions of the one it replaces, and as such gives the feeling that this building has always been there.
At ground level the scale shifts to relate to the street and entrance. Curved brickwork cradles the exposed concrete floor plates, creating an elegant yet confident backbone and base. Playful butterfly-like screens allow for cross-ventilation while screening bedrooms from neighbouring buildings. Naturally ventilated stairwells and robust materials point to a client clearly committed to a high-end result rather than a value-managed outcome.
The planning of the apartments reveals the complexity of the project. Each floor plate is maximized and every apartment is saturated in solar access and enjoys one of Australia’s greatest views, down to Woolloomooloo and on towards Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Within the apartments, clever bifolding doors maximize spatial flow from one room to another. In opposition to the well-detailed exterior, ornate fixtures reference the grand residences of the area and draw from a rich architectural heritage.
Responded to the Parisian nature of Potts Point, this project is uniquely designed with a sense of nostalgia. Inspired by the neighbouring art deco buildings, the interior finishes and detailing, such as steel frame glass doors, oak parquetry floors and fluted glass kitchen cabinetry, create a style and level of finish otherwise unseen in multi-unit development.
Inner-city Potts Point is a dense, active locality. The proposed design is to replace an existing building and maintain the form and scale of the street. Seen from one aspect, the building presents a lightweight, horizontally articulated volume. Seen from Wylde Street, the building has a masonry character and follows the proportions of surrounding 19th- and 20th-century apartment buildings. The street facade ‘twists’ to allow the ground floor to align with the street edge, and a landscape buffer. The footpath is widened to improve pedestrian access. The narrow footprint of the building allows cross-flow ventilation and solar access to living areas.
Communal and private landscaping ensures view corridors; and the building form is articulated to minimise impact on harbour views from neighbouring properties. All the apartments have large private open space, some with landscaped courtyards, others with large balconies. Ninety-five per cent of the apartments are naturally ventilated, and most apartments receive direct sunlight to living areas throughout the year. Natural materials – brickwork and copper – will age naturally. The building aesthetic makes reference to the architectural heritage of the vicinity, a contemporary interpretation of the local forms and materials.