Crown 515 Merges Traditional Gestures with Aggressive Modernity

By: Joey Haar - Apr 11, 2017
References: smartdesignstudio & archdaily
Crown 515, a new building designed by Sydney-based Smart Design Studio, merges two distinctly opposed architectural forms. On the one hand, the building features drastically modern gestures, with an upward-reaching corner volume and sharp, angular lines. On the other, the residential section of the building is traditional in appearance, with a gabled roof and a Georgian terrace with arched windows.

Aside from the striking contrast, there's method behind Crown 515's madness. The building serves multiple purposes, with the more modern sections along the ground floor destined to be commercial space (likely a restaurant with an outdoor dining area) and the traditional elements on the upper two floors designed to serve as a series of bespoke apartment residences.