Located in Surry Hills, Australia, Smart Design Studio was designed by Smart Design Studio. A simple and strong diagram was developed, comprising three components: a large dark-grey block, predominantly containing building utilities, which forms the building’s visual foundation; a series of three-storey high, light-coloured cantilevered blades that splay towards the north-east, allowing each bedroom and living area to have a view of the water while maintaining a sense of privacy from the neighbouring building, and an excavated, retained and planted ground plane, which will develop into a lush, green garden setting with tall ivy-covered walls.
The interiors have been reduced to the same level of simplicity as the overall form. The building’s utilities such as bathrooms, laundry, elevator and fire stair are grouped together to form a simple core, allowing each of the rooms with a splayed wall to line up in a row. These rooms are configured differently on each floor to allow the top two apartments to be split over three floors and the lower floors to engage with the excavated ground plane.