155 Middle Head Road

CategoryContribution to the Built Environment
ArchitectPBD Architects

To tie-in the two vastly separated streetscapes, ‘155 Middle Head’ has a front façade that utilises materials similar to the existing neighbourhood, with a set of statement-making splayed openings to strike the streetscape for its presence. A mixture of modern and conservative approaches is evident in the carefully detailed façade including the building entry, shopfront glazing, articulated openings and tiled roof form.

Replacing an existing two storey commercial building, the building is asserted to the ‘terracing’ approach at rear and align with the adjacent existing apartment buildings, allowing for an appropriate transition within its immediate context. Additionally, a similar palette of materials has been deliberately chosen to ensure a sophisticated integration into the existing urban context.

Internal layouts and orientation have been arranged so as to provide good natural daylight and solar access to primary living areas, external private open space and courtyards.


All apartments house generous balconies and windows positioned to maximize natural cross ventilation, solar and natural light penetration.

Innovative sustainable design elements:

  • Rainwater harvesting for landscaped areas irrigation
  • Operable external Venetian blinds complement the louvered sun shading structure to protect from the western sun
  • Energy-efficient appliances and fixtures to minimize water consumption
  • The narrow floor plate and low number of apartments per typical level as to maximise the apartment’s cross flow

Environmental footprint of the building is minimised by:

  • Adopting durable and hard-wearing brickworks to provide thermal comfort in both winter and summer
  • Internal voids anchored by landscaped courtyards, they stitch over several levels to increase the cross ventilation and solar amenity to the apartments
  • Extensive LED lighting to minimise power usage