Interior — Solis Apartments, Little Bay

Solis Apartments, Little Bay

  • Shortlisted - AIA NSW Awards 2017 in the Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing category
  • Shortlisted - The Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards 2017
TA Global
May 2016
Brett Boardman


  • Featured on Architecture & Design, June 2016 "Sculpture by the sea: Solis Apartments, Little Bay by Fox Johnston
  • Featured on World Architecture, July 2016 "Solis Apartments, Sydney, Australia Fox Johnston
  • Featured on ArchDaily, June 2016 "Little Bay / Fox Johnston"
  • Featured on Architecture & Design, June 2016 "Sculpture by the sea: Solis Apartments, Little Bay by Fox Johnston

Located in a Sydney southern beachside suburb, this new apartment building stands apart from its neighbours, using sleek urban sculptural forms and urban materials to carve out a different, more urban, way of living by the sea. Solis offers a range of spacious one bedroom, one bedroom plus study and two bedroom apartments, all with secure car and bike parking and lift access. All 45 apartments were sold prior to completion with the majority to owner occupiers.
The project represents a flagship example of sustainable building practices within an apartment building. The residents will be able to live in this space with minimal environmental impacts.

The narrow footprint of the building enables cross ventilation to be achieved to each apartments, far exceeding the guideline for building such as this. An innovative light and ventilation shelf at the rear of the apartments allows the uses to control the environmental conditions of the interiors. These passive controls allow the apartments to work without the need for air conditioning units.

Solis’s distinctive scissor shaped balconies ensure full northerly orientation and maximum sunshine for every apartment – creating a dynamic dialogue with its new neighbours to the north and east as well as the central Urban Lounge. The carefully modulated façade controls the sun, allowing it to penetrate deep into the apartments in winter whilst providing the necessary sun protection in summer. Highlight windows provide further light and warmth where the sunlight would otherwise not be able to penetrate.

Natural sunlight filters through bedroom and living spaces throughout the day with adjustable sun shading screens controlling the preferred environment.
With American White Oak timber flooring to the living spaces and Pacific Teak Decking on the large open private terraces, a seamless connection between outside and in is achieved. High end joinery is used in the kitchens with Caesar Stone benchtops and touches of timber veneer to add to the warmth.