Day Street Apartments

Sydney CBD

The apartment building at 168-190 Day Street is on the edge of the southern CBD overlooking Darling Harbour parklands beyond the expressway leading to the harbour bridge. Above 3 levels of basement parking and ground floor retail/commercial uses, 127 apartments have has been designed with flexible layouts and balconies including a screen element to improve interior amenity. Active uses on an improved rear lane also add value to the overall development from both civic and commercial perspectives. The development achieved design excellence and the maximum available floor area for the site in compliance with the City of Sydney’s planning instruments.

The architecture is formed from two major elements. The base in face brickwork extends up to Level 4 reflecting the footprint of the previous warehouses .The use of brick is characteristic of the historic architecture in the local area providing continuity of built form and associations with existing buildings of cultural value. The base has a sculptural quality due to the depth of reveals. The use of brick at lower levels improves interior amenity given the proximity to the expressway.

A deep reveal separates the brick base from the floating form of the upper floors clad in operable aluminium screens of a striking bronze colour. Residential floors above the base are also set 6m from the centre line of James Lane to enhance interior amenity. Deep full height reveals create a vertical proportion to the elements above the base on all façades.

The design provides for one, two and three bedrooms apartment types. All rooms are rectangular in shape, sized and proportioned to provide for sensible furniture arrangements free from circulation areas. Balconies generally have openings from one side and are sufficient in size to be furnished. Adequate storage areas are provided within the apartments with additional storage located in the basement in storage cages. The design incorporates the number of adaptable apartments in accordance with development requirements.


  • 2019 Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award - Multi-residential Housing
  • Think Brick Australia Award 2018 - Horbury Hunt Commercial Category - High Commendation
  • AIA (NSW) Award for Urban Design 2018