Recently voted silver at the 2022 Sydney Design Awards, Constantia is a boutique apartment block of twelve, three-bedroom residences in Sydney’s Rose Bay. With a luxury market in mind, our design aims to serve both residents and the contextually conscious, paying homage to the architectural tradition which defines the suburb while providing apartments of generous scale and seamless indoor/outdoor continuity.

Built upon our successful collaboration with Charas Constructions, which produced the award-winning Belgravia project in the same street, our brief was to create a building that was a natural fit in its low rise, suburban context whilst also being of noteworthy design. Our familiarity with the streetscape aesthetic and client gave us an advantage from the outset; a truly collaborative approach helped us to realise a vision for a small-scale apartment block which originally yet respectfully ceded to architectural heritage whilst catering to truly modern requirements for residential liveability and lifestyle.

Conceptually, we borrowed from the rich art deco tradition which defines much of the Rose Bay urban profile, entrenching this new build into the pre-existing architectural style of the street and wider surrounds. We drew upon a simple external palette of red brick walls, vertically expressed glazed white brick screens and off form concrete, carefully ordering and layering these colours and textures to depict a thematic aesthetic while maintaining the building’s functionality.

Suspended brickwork and stepped off form concrete work in combination to elevate simple materiality into aesthetic distinction through their juxtaposition, while also articulating a degree of contrast, key to the building’s unique profile.

Location Rose BayYear 2022

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