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Bathurst 60 by Smart Design Studio

Located on the north-eastern corner of Bathurst and Sussex Streets in Sydney’s inner city, Smart Design Studio’s Bathurst 60 project rises proudly from the urban landscape.
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The practice says of the project, “The materiality reinforces the “down-town” character of this Haymarket locale and through unity, lifts the urban quality of the precinct. The use of brick construction marries with the long history of brick warehouses in this area, and introduces a timeless quality to the building.”

Bathurst 60’s innovative design took out the title of Australia’s tallest brick building with traditional brickwork, laid individually, favoured over  brick slips or imitation panels, creating not only a breathtakingly impressive structural shell, but elevating the humble material to superstar status. 

What resulted was a truly timeless aesthetic, guaranteeing the distinctive style remains both relevant and revelatory well into the future. 

The half brick half glass facade featuring 1.8 metre wide full height, deep-set windows, creates a striking balance of materials and provides ample natural light throughout, while maintaining indispensable privacy in such a densely populated area. Above, the residential tower sings with light, featuring soaring brick columns broken up with front glazed 1.3 metre wide windows that offer a considerate and gentle balance between the contemporary and classical. 

Internally, the residential rooms adopt a simple yet timelessly elegant design aesthetic with statement chevron timber flooring, luxury surfaces and expertly crafted joinery taking centre stage. The well-appointed amenities, including a 20 metre infinity-edge pool, gym, yoga room, bar and restaurant, fully accessible to the residents of the private apartments, create a true sense of escapism while maintaining an innate connection to the surrounding city hub. 

On the exterior, an inspired brick facade constructed using Bowral Bricks in Simmental Silver, speaks to its urban environment, referencing the distinctive architectural gravitas of the neighbouring milieu. Bathurst 60 is an authentic, intuitive project, combining effortless luxury with an elegant timeless appeal that has acted to reinvigorate and reinterpret the landscape of Sydney’s city centre.   

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Awarded the project through the City of Sydney’s invited competitive design process, Smart Design Studio’s multi-use hotel and residential design is a striking 27-storey building, comprising five levels of basement car parking, a 5-Star Crowne Plaza hotel complete with function rooms, amenities and food and beverage facilities, and a further 95 premium residential apartments in the tower above. 

Formed into four brick blocks, the project’s angular design expertly aligns with the complex site restrictions of its steep foundation. As if floating, the lower portion of the building houses a two storey communal hotel space, while above, the upper tower recedes slightly back, signalling a harmonious, yet significant connection to its surrounding buildings. 

On the exterior, an inspired brick facade constructed using Bowral Bricks in Simmental Silver, speaks to its urban environment, referencing the distinctive architectural gravitas of the neighbouring milieu. Combining exceptional detailing with historical integrity, Bathurst 60 defies conventional building methods with its towering, intricate brickwork. 

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