Building designed by Stanisic Associates
As well as being a beautifully framed space, the gallery performs an essential environmental function. Each apartment has glass louvre vents above its entry door, secured behind aluminum grilles. In summer the gallery acts as a heat sink of cool air, inducing cross flow ventilation through the apartments. Residents get airflow through the apartments without the need for air-conditioning or a fan. The cross-flow ventilation through the apartments is induced by the lower ambient temperature of gallery, which is 15 degrees cooler than the western side of the building.
The gallery is a tempered space, a veranda between the inside and the outside. The gallery is also a social area, allowing people to mix as they come to and from their apartments and the owners’ corporation uses the space for its meetings.
The upper level apartments, which are a mix of two and three bedroom units, don’t directly access the gallery. Instead, they are accessed through a single, central cross-over corridor lined with veined, brown marble panels and slotted ceiling panels painted in a metallic finish to reflect light. Read more archdaily
Architects: Stanisic Associates
Project Team: Rob Harper, Peter Rush, Angela Rheinlaender, Damien Madell
Interior Architect: L3 Design
Landscape Architect: Aspect Sydney
Public Artist: Peter McGregor
Structural Engineer: SCP Consulting
Services Engineer: ITC Consulting
Builder: TQM Design and Construct
Photographs: Patrick Bingham-Hall, Brett Boardman