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EDO
by Stanisic Associates

    

IN THE ARCHITECTS WORDS

EDO is an acronym for environment, diversity and operability – the three guiding design principles of this mixed-use apartment building. Environment refers to passive environmental design such as cross-flow ventilation, rainwater detention and sun-shading. Diversity relates to the variety of apartment layouts that comprise one, two and three bedrooms with and without studies, on single and two levels, and in gallery and cross-over arrangements. The ground level of the building contains a restaurant that opens out to an external street terrace. Operability refers to the ease with which occupants can modify their space through sliding doors and external blinds depending on the time of the day, mood or weather conditions. The concept for EDO is an ‘abstract floating box' which contains living and breathing spaces filled with light, air and space. EDO's design focuses on abstraction to create a framework for living. The apartments feature slide away walls, remote controlled blinds and oversized balconies that extend space and give occupants flexibility. The project is a prototype for compact urban living environment, containing 31 apartments and a street level restaurant. The reductive and restrained exterior masks the richness and complexity of the interior. EDO is located in a typical inner Sydney street with a west facing elevation that is cooked by the harsh afternoon sun, yet offers spectacular night views over parkland to the city skyline and lights. It is adjacent to automotive showrooms, Victorian terraces, mediocre residential flat buildings and high
 
 

rise offices and hotel. On the western face, EDO has a grided steel framed filled with frameless glass balustrades, silver grey aluminium window frames and retractable aluminium louvre blinds giving the building a random, ever-changing appearance as occupants adjust the louvres to close them to create intimacy or open them to let in light, air and views to the city skyline. Residents can close the blinds in the late afternoon to shade the harsh low-level western sun and then open them to enjoy the city lights. The blinds retract automatically when the wind reaches a certain velocity. On the eastern face, to the rear courtyard, is an ingenious two storey-high gallery – the EDO gallery – of open louvres that draws in cool air and circulates it through banks of smaller louvres above the entry to each of the adjoining apartments. The cross-flow ventilation through the apartments is induced by the lower ambient temperature of the gallery, which is 5 degrees cooler than the building's western side. The eastern courtyard is a place of solitude and calm. Taking a cue from the sliding shoji screens of Japanese houses, bedroom walls can slide to open up apartments and change the spatial dynamic of the interior. The spaces are fluid, adaptable and designed for occupation rather than visitation. The EDO interiors are versatile, sometimes open and sometimes partitioned. The three metre wide balconies to the western face have plantation hardwood decking and are an extension of the living areas. The entry is marked by a public art installation by Peter McGregor.
 
DETAILS

Location
Woolloomooloo, NSW
Architect
Stanisic Associates
Contact address:
Project Team
Project architect: Frank Stanisic
Project architect: Rob Harper
Project architect: Damien Madell
Project manager: Peter Valanidas
Structural consultant: SCP Consulting
Electrical consultant: IT+C Services
Mechanical consultant: IT+C Services
Hydraulic consultant: Michael Frost and Associates
Landscape consultant: Aspect Sydney
Builder: Anwar Yazbek , TQM Design+Construct
Architect: Peter Rush
Fire Services: IT+C Services
Public Artist: Peter McGregor
Development Director: Tony Sukkar , Buildcorp
Development Manager: George Geosouras
Entered
2007


Photographs by Stanisic Associates, text by Stanisic Associates

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