Rather than align with the street grid, a building is proposed with a herringbone plan that arranges 180 apartments on axis with iconic views of Sydney’s harbour, its bridge and opera house. Every apartment faces north, away from the neighbouring freeway traffic and towards the water; an orientation also ideal for capturing Sydney’s sun and sea breeze. Without compromise to structural efficiency, a staggered floor plate arrangement enables each apartment’s outdoor terrace to be a double height private room. A generosity and dynamism is given to the building’s facade, an edge made ideal for basking in the harbour spectacle.

By Toby Breakspear, Alberto Quizon, in collaboration with Kann Finch (Executive Architect), 2015.

Invited Design Competition, 2nd Place