Residential — Solis Apartments, Little Bay

Solis Apartments, Little Bay

  • Awarded - 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.

The building comprises three parts: the central volume houses one bedroom and study apartments, with eastern and western building volumes housing mainly two bedroom apartments.  Each apartment in the central section runs the full width of the building and is accessed via walkways at the rear of the building, again with strong horizontal lines defined by steel screens.

Given the building’s proximity to the sea, Fox Johnston has used elegant, durable, external cladding and wall finishes with inbuilt longevity – face brick, metal cladding, concrete and steel.  Internal spaces are finely crafted and use natural Australian, spotted gum timber floors and joinery, and stone kitchens.

An integrated water cycle ensures wastewater is recycled for reuse in dwellings as well as the near by public parks and golf course. All stormwater and rainwater is treated through a series of swales and bio-filtration ponds, improving water quality before discharging.

The orientation and linear proportions of the design allow passive heating and cooling to be maximised. Direct solar access is achieved all year round in 100% of apartments. Each and every apartment also boasts duel aspect and a balcony allowing natural ventilation.