Located in Sydney’s inner-city neighborhood, Surry Hill, this 2,000-square-meter mixed-use apartment building clad in board-form concrete is an undertaking in providing humans with a connection to nature in a dense, urban setting that lacks greenery.
The outcome is a series of contained gardens that were inserted within exterior components, such as the rooftop and private, cantilevered balconies. The plants chosen for the gardens are native to the region and meet minimal water requirements to prevent creating pollution through runoff. Furthering the project’s environmental agenda, the staggered terraces along the facade provide shading against natural daylight and maintain thermal performance and privacy.
Inside the building, which houses 22 apartments, windows are placed on both the northern and southern perimeter so tenants can enjoy cross ventilation as well as a full-height sliding glass door to their outdoor space. Understated interiors are styled with unfinished concrete ceilings and warm oak floors.