Developed by Investec and designed by SJB, 10 Wylde Street is a grand residential address in Sydney’s Potts Point, containing 22 apartments over 7 levels. The building forms part of an urban fabric that has its origins in the grand residences of the early colony and the first apartment buildings in Australia. The development draws from the rich architectural heritage of the local vernacular through a contemporary interpretation of forms and materials that characterise the area; a continuation of Potts Point’s fine architectural tradition. The building employs natural building materials that will age gracefully.

A strong, formally articulated brickwork ‘glove’ facade gives depth and proportion to the east, south and west. The elongated roman profile brickwork provides texture and rhythm to the masonry form, culminating in subtly curved columns & wide sweeping arcs that meet the street. The northern façade is held by the wrapping masonry ‘glove’ – characterised by its transparency and fineness of detailing – thin steel and aluminium window framing, slender columns, finely detailed slab edges and folded copper edge details. The horizontal expression of the slab edges mirrors that of adjacent mid-century buildings and provides a lightness that contrasts with the gravity of the masonry.

The interiors sit in perfect harmony with the exterior architecture, with many of the finishes either complementing or contrasting the building envelope. Timber and parquetry, generously proportioned skirting boards, finely detailed door panels – amongst others – are all a nod to the Art Deco period, perfectly balanced by clean but warm architectural elements. SJB were also commissioned to decorate one of the premium apartments in the development. The brief was open with an opportunity to furnish and accessorise the space in a way that was homogenous with the interior and external architecture. The north facing apartment sits at the top of a building overlooking the harbour, and is washed in daylight. SJB’s strategy for the furnishings was to employ dark tones and textures that contrasted with the brightness of natural light. The furnishings and styling accessories are all contemporary whilst making reference to the deco style; the Minotti lounge was designed by Rudolfo Dordoni, with a deliberate inspiration from earlier deco periods. The furniture sits beautifully with the herringbone parquetry floors and classic steel windows.


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[Images courtesy of SJB. Architectural photography by Brett Boardman. Interior photography by Felix Forest.]


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    Congratulations SJB & Investec, what a beautiful project. But then again, we might be a little bias as our Poliform wardrobes feature in all the apartments!


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