The Moreton is a collection of five buildings set amidst a
lushly landscaped garden in urban beachside Bondi, including a stand of mature Moreton
Bay fig trees, from which the development derives its name.
With lead design by Smart Design Studio, this development
was designed in collaboration with Mirvac Design and successfully integrates
several apartment buildings at eight, six and three storeys, a row of two
storey terraces and a heritage-listed Italianate villa, Scarba House. Sitting
adjacent to existing neighbouring buildings, the Moreton takes advantage of the
elevated site, providing a variety of outlooks and views with maximised solar
access and breezes for the 190 dwellings.
With a palette evoking the typical beach-side house, the angled
white walls frame wide balconies and stepped facades fragment the scale,
maximising the views and providing solar protection while responding to the
urban beachside context. Scarba House has been restored sensitively to balance
heritage requirements with contemporary living, and provides subtle visual
clues to its new neighbours so that the development reads as a consolidated
An internal pedestrian link connects through the site from
Ocean Street to Wellington Street, defining the internal courtyard which
features defined landscape zones, including a kitchen garden, and provides a
central and shaded private community space.
The interiors start with the cool and elegant lobbies, which
flow from the central spine up into the apartments. Soft and muted tones create
a coastal reference for the elegant yet robust interiors.
By respecting the existing landscape and heritage of the
site, The Moreton has reinforced the strong urban context showcasing a sensitive
urban design response which is a unique and contemporary, and of its place.
The Moreton won the High Density Development prize at the
Urban Taskforce Awards in July 2017, and is shortlisted in the UDIA Awards in
the High Density Residential category. This award is a testament to the attention to quality and detail taken by
the entire team.