Smart Design Studio - Sydney Architects

Macquarie 93

This concept residential tower pushes one of Sydney’s historically premier streets into the 21st century. As a rational yet beautiful object, the tower’s form was generated through a thorough analysis of the site and its context, making a positive contribution to the skyline whilst offering generous, well-planned apartments with sweeping views of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Botanic Gardens.


The tower comprises a light-weight, dynamic form that plays two elements against each other: one, a filigree of white anodised louvres and the other, overlapping ‘sliced’ glass blades. On the east and west façades, large panels of clear, energy-efficient glass overhang solid spandrels while continuous horizontal shading flows around the transparent north façade.


The harbour side of the building ‘leans’ into Circular Quay, thus maximising view capture at the same time as providing a buffer around the  heritage buildings it juxtaposes.  Internally, apartments are provided with two unique features. Linear walls seamlessly integrate storage cupboard space, kitchens and laundries behind joinery panels while glass rooms provide flexible space that can be either indoors, outdoors or a mix of the two. Designed 2010.