Rosebery, Waterloo, Zetland, Alexandria and South Sydney in general are experiencing a period of major change to their urban fabric...

Rosebery Overland Gardens Building A


Toplace c/- LJB Urban Planning
NSW, Australia
January 2015 -
Full Architectural Services

8660 m² Site area

26326 m² GFA


This is a subtle, rich, simple building that will be at once unique and a strong urban contribu­tor.

The scheme modifies the location of the commercial space and adjusts the roof profile to give a more diverse reading on the skyline.

Rosebery, Waterloo, Zetland, Alexandria and South Sydney in general are experiencing a period of major change to their urban fabric. This redevelopment is changing the nature of these places. Together, they form a band of new places — places which should re­spond to contemporary needs and allow flexibility for the unknown needs of the future. These places should have the diversity, uniqueness, originality, surprise and delight of suburbs that have developed over many years, with varying types of apartments and spaces.

BVN recognises this changing context and responds to both the aspiration and detail of the DCP and Stage One DA. Fundamentally, this scheme is about creating urbanity, density and a civic nature. The building is proposed to be a bold element in the streetscape – recognisable, identifiable and unique, whilst helping create this new context.

This development contributes to the creation of a new urban place in Rosebery. Rosebery Overland Gardens, will not create this alone – rather it will fit with its immediate neighbours to do so. As the sur­rounding development continues, Rosebery Overland Gardens will have its own clear identity whilst form­ing a key component of the urban milieu.

Brief Elements

  • Context, constraints and opportunities of the site
  • Optimise opportunities for ecologically sustainable design and to be as energy efficient as possible
  • Improves the public domain of the surrounding street and the suburb of Rosebery
  • Minimise light and shadow impact on public land and the balance of the development site
  • Provision of natural daylight and natural ventilation by the incorporation of windows to all common foyer areas on each level to reduce lifecycle energy costs
  • Effective use of building materials to generate visual interest in the built form
  • High quality, durable, low maintenance finishes and materials


  • Activated roofs for residents, which include a variety of different spaces
  • Geometric highlights to the form to define the various volumes and break down the visual scale of the building
  • Subtle adjustments to the height and massing to increase the diversity of the skyline and improve solar access to the apartments and new park
  • Redistribution of the commercial GFA to create SOHO spaces and a relatively large, flexible floorplate commercial building


Toplace c/- LJB Urban Planning
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