Smart Design Studio creates four luxury apartments which rejuvenate a decaying yet beautiful setting
Marine 126 apartments located in Maroubra, Sydney has incredible natural beauty with its rocky cliffs, white beaches and crystal blue waters but the urban fabric is unconsidered, uninteresting and largely in decay.
Smart Design Studio capitalised on this unique setting by creating a building that focused on the wonderful view from within and, through strong form, has created a handsome building in profile to enhance the urban fabric of the area. The apartment building can be considered in three parts:
1) A curved steel and aluminium louvered glass open-planned living area on the water-side.
2) An enclosed masonry box form on the hill-side that accommodates the bedrooms, bathrooms as well as the building’s core.
3) A serrated masonry podium that encloses the carpark, plant and buildings waste facilities.
These elements have been combined to create a successful balance between privacy from within the units, whilst maintaining a strong connection to the view and the water, without having to rely on blinds or curtains.
As well acknowledging the potential of this headland setting, the form of the building envelope was developed to not obstruct neighbouring views and to minimise of overshadowing to adjacent properties.
The project incorporates the results of focus on Environmentally Sustainable Design principles including passive solar design, natural cross ventilation, energy efficient fittings, and careful consideration for the materials used.