Located in the suburb of Prahran, No. 6 Sydney Street provides 15 apartments across six storeys that are oriented to overlook the natural landscape of the adjacent Orrong Romanis Reserve.
The studio drew on the site’s proximity to the park to create the block’s curving, sculptural form, which is set back from the road to create the space for a garden of its own.
“Referencing the sinuous curves of nature, the asymmetrical building appears to be carved from a singular raw material, abstracting its composition,” said Wood Marsh.
“Deep rippling along the undulant facades results in a conscious layering of positive and negative spaces, allowing the integration of intermittent gardens with vegetation growing to further soften the forms,” it continued.
Above two basement levels of parking, there is a path through the gardens at the front of the block that leads beneath a canopy created by the first floor and into a small wood-lined entrance area.
Above, the No. 6 Sydney Street apartments range in size from 90 to 338 square metres, and from two bedrooms to a large four-bedroom residence occupying the entire third floor.
Glazed walls follow the undulating form of each level’s floorplate, set back to create space for pockets of planted areas, small balconies and terraces framed by white, mushroom-like columns.
The minimal apartment interiors are organised around the block’s central circulation core and feature white paint, polished plaster and marble surfaces. These are contrasted by black-stained timber carpentry in the kitchen areas and fluted timber sinks in the bathrooms.
“Each of the residences is unique with different access to light, sightlines, and terraces,” explained the studio.
“Many of the interior surfaces are softened with the use of curving volumes and plaster, taking cues from the exterior form,” it continued.
“Highly crafted joinery in natural timber and book-matched marble add to the overall feeling of warmth, contrast, and a refined approach to pared-down luxury.”
Wood Marsh was founded in 1983 by Roger Wood and Randal Marsh.
Previous projects by the studio include a clubhouse for a golf club in Lonsdale, and a nearby surf club designed to blend in with the surrounding sand dunes.
The photography is courtesy of Wood Marsh.
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