Rosebery Apartments – Simple Modernism

Thirty five north facing apartments are included in this simple modernist block in Sydney’s inner South-west suburb of Rosebery. The apartments are perpendicular to the street as council had assigned the southern section of the site as a future through-site-link (a bicycle and pedestrian connection) and therefore unable to be built upon. The link will only be completed when the neighbouring site is developed. The ground floor that addresses the link has a cafe and retail to enliven the future thoroughfare.

Sketch Plan Rosebery

Southern part of the site is used to provide a future pedestrian and bicycle through-site-link for council


The building has a void separating the apartments from the access walkways  on each floor to provide privacy to the bedrooms and cross ventilation through the apartments. This format of remote cores and semi enclosed walkways was popular in the 1970′ s and is exemplified by Erno Goldfinger’s Trellick Tower in London (  This decision to put the access in the centre of the southern facade also allowed the apartments themselves to utilise all the available sun on the site.

The building has two distinct facades, the northern apartment living areas and the southern external walkways. The north has a very simple form with just a subtle use of angled slabs and walls to create a pattern of light and shade. The south is an open facade of glass and timber louvres used to provide a sense of enclosure but allow ventilation and views from each level.

Rosebery Apartments by Sydney Architects RAAA

Section showing the reasoning behind the design, north facing apartments facing a common garden area with remote southern walkway access


Rudolfsson Alliker Architects Rosebery Sydney

The street front is two very simple volumes with more than a nod to Corbusier’s 5 points of architecture

Rosebery Modernist Apartment Architect 2

The slab and external wall edges are angled to provide a subtle articulation to the facade

Rosebery Modernist Apartment Architect 3

Pop-out windows give a hint of depth on a very flat facade

Rosebery Modernist Apartment Architect 4

The south facade is the main visible facade and is articulated with a random assortment of timber and glass louvres. These filter the elements from the remote corridors that access the apartments


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