for The Trinium Group
Aaron Bolot Award for Multiple Housing
AIA National Award – Multiple Housing
Following the successful completion of their Substation 175 project, The Trinium Group discovered another tiny site in Surry Hills.
The project is located between a large residential development to the north and a heritage listed corner pub to the south. The building forms a transition between these two distinctive scales, acknowledging the tight urban grain with its small footprint, yet seamlessly matching the height of the new development.
With a site area of approx. 126sqm, this project contains a commercial space on the street level, and four single floor apartments above. Each apartment is flexibly planned with a series of service pods on the southern facade that frame a long open plan space that runs from the front to the rear. This flexible plan arrangement offers a number of possibilities for occupation and would happily accommodate residential, home office and/or commercial uses. Each apartment achieves ample sunlight and ventilation, despite the heavily constrained urban context.
The fabric of the building is formed from a palette of white materials with differing surface textures – comprising off-form concrete, textured rendered walls, matte ceramic tiles and glossy, vitrified panels. Against this plays a rich colour theme of red, blue, yellow and turquoise that gives a strong individual character to each occupancy through small scale details such as blinds, letterboxes, soffits and tiled finishes in each apartment.
The building is capped with a communal roof terrace – complete with planter beds that intermittently throw sprays of white flowers above the horizontal parapet line of the building.
The project was completed in late 2014.
Sara Roach Planning Services
© John Oultram Heritage and Design
© Brett Boardman
© Alex Rink/Aaron Murray
© Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects
© Binyan Studios Architectural Visualisation
© Modelcraft Sydney