Smart Design Studio - Sydney Architects

Arlington Grove

Smart Design Studio’s architectural Masterplan for Arlington Grove envisages a new beautifully landscaped residential precinct. This former industrial site is to be converted into 246 well-planned apartments arrayed around a series of leafy courtyards and lanes. At an urban scale the site is conceived  as a considered edge to Johnson Park which sits to the north-west and, at a finer grain, a continuation of the orthogonal street network to the south-east.


The central grove is a tranquil inward retreat for the surrounding dual height apartments, featuring large deciduous trees within an extensive grassed square. The orange grove, an allee which draws pedestrians into the site from the surrounding street, extends the rhythm of the building facades into the landscape.


Public benefits, such as “Arlington Square”, a landscaped shared zone featuring a café and an extended, high quality ground plane, convert a non-descript dead end street into a vibrant urban place, marking the entrance to the new Arlington tram stop. A new GreenWay running parallel with the tramline provides informal native landscaping able to be enjoyed by both residents and neighbours whilst encouraging wildlife inhabitation, as well as a cycle path connection to the CBD.