Arlington Grove Residential Building | Smart Design Studio - architecture and design

Arlington Grove Residential Building | Smart Design Studio



Catalysed by the extension of Sydney?s light rail to Dulwich Hill, and a consequential land rezoning for medium-density housing, Smart Design Studio?s Masterplan for Arlington Grove realises a beautifully landscaped residential precinct. This former industrial site has been converted into 246 apartments and a retail space arrayed around leafy courtyards and lanes. At an urban scale, the site is conceived of as a considered edge to Johnson Park which sits to the north-west and, at a finer grain, a continuation of the street network to the south-east.
Photography: Ross Honeysett
The four buildings that make up the project are carefully located on the site to contain the extensive landscaping and to maximise the number of sunny apartments with views over the district to the CBD skyline and the park. Building heights are unified, sitting at either four storeys adjacent to local streets or stepping up to eight storeys towards Johnson Park. Each building has a clear address from the new publicly accessible private lanes and walkways within the accessible green spaces at ground level. Facilities such as a shed to repair bikes or a club room for meetings and birthday parties have been incorporated to build a greater sense of community. Photography: Ross Honeysett
Carefully composed, long elevations referencing classical buildings are framed by articulated corners. Expressed slabs serve a dual purpose, both supporting the leaves of brickwork along the façade and visually breaking th...
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