A thoughtful, considered scheme by Sydney-based architecture and interiors practice Fox Johnston, evoking the calm refuge offered by rock pools along Sydney’s coastline, has won a major invited Design Excellence Competition for a new apartment building in the Sydney southern bayside suburb of Brighton-le-Sands.
The jury, comprising Bob Nation (Chair), Tony Caro, Brian Zuhlaika, John Choi and Ron Keir, unanimously selected the Fox Johnston scheme, having considered submissions from three architecture practices.
‘Walking along the rock shelf around the headlands of Sydney, there are always these magical moments when you come across a perfect little rock pool,’ said Fox Johnston director, Conrad Johnston. ‘The water is warm, and calm, as the rock pool structure contains and protects it from the wild ocean just metres away. No matter how fierce the weather is, you can dip your feet in, or if it is large enough, wade into the pool and swim.’
‘We conceived the apartments in this building almost as a series of rockpools: a calm, sunny and protected environment where you can live comfortably on the wild edge of the ocean. Warmed by the sun, out of the wind, but still feeling part of the beautiful coastline experience that is unique to Botany Bay and the surrounding coastline,’ he added.
A variety of thoughtfully planned one, two and three bedroom apartments sit within this modulated form offering differing site experiences and offering flexibility in floor plates. Upper floor penthouse apartments are recessed from the northern and eastern face creating a further articulated form that embraces its expansive aspect.
Fox Johnston’s design achieves 82% solar access for apartments, including direct sunlight in winter for all units. 100% of the apartments are naturally ventilated, with 74% cross ventilation across the whole building. Twenty three per cent of the new building is dedicated to communal space. All common areas receive 100% natural light and ventilation.