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.