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Silk Apartments / Tony Caro Architecture

  • 01:00 - 11 July, 2013
Silk Apartments / Tony Caro Architecture
© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman
  • Architects

  • Location

    2 Distillery Drive, Pyrmont NSW 2009
  • Design Team

    Tony Caro, Louise Chapman, Blair Young, Alex Koll, Jason Fraser, Katja Hempel, Nick Mittens, Simon Mather, Tony Camilleri, Rebecca Donoghue.
  • Landscape

    FJMT
  • Area

    13097.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman + 38

  • Structural

    Robert Bird Group
  • Service Consultants

    NDY
© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

Text description provided by the architects. This project spanned the challenging economic circumstances of the 2000 decade, and was subjected to a long development gestation and intermittent periods of prolonged inactivity. It challenged our perception of enduring architectural and aesthetic values in many ways.

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

The project is the final development stage within the Distillery Hill residential precinct at Pyrmont Point, immediately to the west of the Sydney Central Business District. The precinct is a master-planned community comprised of six residential towers of approximately 20 floors each and designed by different architects. Planning relationships between the tower buildings was of utmost importance in terms of balancing natural light and privacy whilst capturing outstanding views from all apartments.

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

It is a place of extraordinary contextual contrasts: the benign, north-east facing harbour setting and the complex south-west aspect with its attendant noise, privacy and environmental challenges. The buildings fan-shaped plan-form and divergent facade resolutions respond directly to these conditions.

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

To create architectural proportion and scale appropriate to its context, the buildings broad footprint was modulated into six quite slender, vertical elements. These elements have varied expressions that evolved through response to internal program, context and orientation. The two roof portals articulate the tower form as a collection of discreet vertical elements rather than a single monolithic form.

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

The south and west facades respond to the challenging south-west orientation and monumental scale of the Anzac Bridge and its surrounding post industrial landscape. These facades are generally only seen from the Bridge or at distance from nearby areas across Blackwattle Bay. We saw this setting as an opportunity for an effervescent, graphic response to both the monumental context and incessant arterial flow of traffic to and from the city through its western gateway. An opportunity to divest from the “beige symphony” of the Sydney urban landscape and resonate with the dynamism and blinking lights of the freeway.

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

The north-eastern facades are more conventional in character, with primary living spaces designed to enhance a sense of connection with the landscape and the ability to control light and privacy. The perforated, folded metal sliding sun screens were conceived as “external drapes”.

© Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

The project interiors incorporate expressed precast concrete walls, floating timber floors and delicately framed timber and glass “shoji” partitions - a sophisticated, quite raw aesthetic vocabulary for high-density housing that challenged market-based paradigms for the project team.

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Cite: "Silk Apartments / Tony Caro Architecture" 11 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/397870/silk-apartments-tony-caro-architecture/> ISSN 0719-8884
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