Jolyn is a new apartment living with an old soul.
A bold brick facade with a strong street presence, the project takes cues from Sydney's Art Deco suburban walkups of the '60s and '70s.


Rosebery, NSW Australia
November 2020
Full Architectural Services


As the winning entrant for the City of Sydney Design Excellence Competition, the project called for a new mixed-use residential development in the rapidly changing area in the Rosebery, Waterloo, Alexandria precinct becoming one of the most urban, diverse and liveable places in Australia.

Jolyn is a 338 residential apartment and serviced apartment development with ground-floor retail, a new public realm, and rooftop amenities.

Jolyn includes a new public courtyard and pedestrian thoroughfare connecting Epsom Road to the brand new public park. Architecturally conceived and constructed as an articulated solid, the consistent use of textural brick creates a calm yet recognisable presence in the industrial context of the area. The brick is as tectonic detailing to reveal its elemental nature, texture and tactility.

Residents and visitors can enjoy a landscaped roof for social interaction or relaxation, with deep planting zones that mean the greenery will mature and grow, softening the overall profile. We worked closely with the landscape architect, engineering consultants, brick supplier and bricklayers to develop and deliver the building.

The journey from competition to completion has reinforced the concept of the building as being of the city, a place that settles into the context as it grows in future years whilst retaining its character, distinction, urbanity and amenity.