The buildings on lots 18 and 24 of Prince Henry @ Little Bay have been designed ‘in-the-round’ to respond to the coastal setting, orientation and ridge line. They have been ‘stretched out’ along the street to define an approach to the overall development along Anzac Parade from the city. The buildings respond primarily to sun, street and the site. They have a contemporary coastal aesthetic that expresses the climatic responsiveness and the environmental aspirations of the development through the use of sliding plantation shutters to balconies, generous balconies off living rooms, ribbon windows to bedrooms and bathrooms, colouration and the use of light weight metal cladding.
Lot 24 is a V-shaped block and lot 18 is a linear block sited parallel to the footway of Anzac Parade, Gubbuteh Road and the pedestrian way along the Eastern Suburbs banksia shrub reinforcing the definition of the street. The northern face of the building on lot 18 is designed to open onto Gubbuteh Road and mirrors the northern face of the building on Lot 24 with its views back to the city.
The architectural design focuses on passive environmental performance. Lot 24 building has two wintergardens defined by its east and west wings. Located at ground and second level, the two storey wintergardens are tempered external spaces, protected by fixed glass louvres on the northern wall. The tempered spaces are part of the natural air flow system of the building and a pathway for air flow to the adjacent apartments is created through operable louvres located above the entry doors. The loft level has a shaded and protected roof terrace above the upper wintergarden. The slender built form of Lot 18 encourages cross flow ventilation and natural daylight in the apartments.
The bulk and height of the buildings have been designed to complement the scale of Anzac Parade, the courtyard setting and future adjoining buildings. The visual bulk of the buildings has been reduced through the articulation of balconies and recesses along Anzac Parade and Gubbuteh Road. The buildings are capped with lofts which present as floating or hovering planes at the top of the four storey buildings when seen from Anzac Parade. Their living areas open out to the east and north to capture district views to Little Bay and capture north-easterly sea breezes. The generous loft apartments are orientated to both Little Bay and Botany Bay, emphasizing the panoramic views around the site.
The west elevations of both buildings on Anzac Parade are developed as ‘stretched out’ planar walls with ribbon windows. They contrast with the crate-like appearance of the east elevations to the communal courtyards. The living areas of the apartments are orientated primarily to the east. The living areas opening to the north are shaded by the horizontal overhangs of the balconies. The openings to apartments on the west and east elevations are shaded with fixed and operable aluminium louvres and shutters.
Location: Anzac Parade, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia
Client: Stockland Development
Number storeys: 5
Site area: 2,711 + 3,574 sqm
Floor area: 2,340 + 3,395 sqm
Collaborators: Aspect Studios Landscape Architects
Photography: Patrick Bingham-Hall