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10 Wylde Street, Sydney, Australia

A World Architecture Festival Finalist in 2016, this apartment building in a prominent Sydney location is defined by its complementary, high quality materials including copper, as its designers SJB explain.

Commanding expansive views over Sydney Harbour, 10 Wylde Street is a 7-storey building of 22 apartments set in an urban fabric originating from early colonial grand residences and the first apartment buildings in Australia. This rich heritage demanded an architectural response that was sympathetic while contemporary and innovative.

The design needed to be sufficiently rigorous to form a permanent, positive addition to the dense and complex urban fabric. High quality materials were essential in achieving this and we selected copper as a natural, sustainable material that will age gracefully.

The building envelope was defined by the previous building on the site and the resulting sight lines from adjacent properties. The northern façade elevated above neighbouring buildings is characterised by its transparency and fineness of detailing, with thin metal window framing, slender columns and folded copper edge details. This open elevation is contained by the elongated roman profile brick masonry forms of the other three facades.

PERFORATED COPPER WINGS

Distinctive copper ‘wings’ to the rear, south façade enable small triangular balconies to project from the monolithic masonry, screening them from direct sun and directing views towards the city and harbour. A subtle pattern of perforations in the screens provides solar shading and privacy from adjacent buildings.

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Building

Completion date: 
2016
Country: 
Australia
City: 
Sydney
Street: 
10 Wylde street
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Shading
Transparent structures
Window
Type of building: 
Residential
Copper used: 
Classic
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
SJB Architects
Address & description: 
490 Crown Street Surry Hills NSW 2010 Australia

Copper contractors

Title: 
ARC

Awards

Categories: 
Other winner

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Nick Hay

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