Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Longbeach Apartments in Sydney by Tony Owen Partners
September 5th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Tony Owen Partners
The Longbeach Apartments are located in the centre of Brighton Le Sands in Sydney; a busy cosmopolitan, beachside suburb near the airport. The area has a busy street life filled with cafes and restaurants. The site enjoys panoramic views of the beach which is why the Longbeach Apartments contain 50 residential units with extensive balconies and a ground floor restaurant to enhances the existing cosmopolitan streetscape.
We sought to design a striking yet unique building which delicately balances the requirements of a cosmopolitan style with a light and laid back beachside lifestyle. The surrounding buildings were generally aligned to the street however, the Longbeach Apartments have been turned 90 degrees to face the water. This has opened up the façade and allowed this sculptural building to break from the rigid pattern of the area. This move allows all the units to maximise the solar aspect and views. The Longbeach Apartments is an example of high architectural quality which has become a design benchmark for the area.
The building’s curvilinear form creates a sculptural and beautiful expression for the streetscape. In addition it provides maximum views and maximises the number of corner units to comply with requirements for natural ventilation.
Laser cut bronze coloured metal screens are attached to the facades. These screens provide maximum privacy to units and minimum overlooking in particularthey minimise overlooking towards the units to the north. In addition they provide solar shading to minimise the solar heat gain and requirement for air conditioning.
The retail provides activation for the streetscape. The façade of the first floor is clad in a timber screen element using the same patterning as the building façade. These panels screen the first floor parking and provide an attractive streetscape.The main element of the façade are the bronze laser cut screens. These screens employ a flowing curved dot graphic pattern which gives a bold but whimsical expression.
This creates an operable façade.These screens provide maximum privacy to units and minimum overlooking in particular they minimise overlooking towards the units to the north. In addition they provide solar shading to minimise the solar heat gain and requirement for air conditioning. The bold patterning provides an iconic and harmonious façade expression.
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