Studio Bright’s project at 8 Loftus Street has attempted to reinvigorate a city block in Sydney, Australia’s Circular Quay. Capped with a rooftop garden, and street-level arcade that connects the interior courtyard to the street, the building, part of a larger precinct named Quay Quarter Lanes, houses two floors of retail space, and an additional six floors containing 31 residential units.
Designed by Melbourne-based Studio Bright, the building sits near public transit in an already-dense section of Sydney. Quay Quarter Lanes will be part of a series of public lanes, and is situated near a number of heritage buildings. As neighborhood context was incredibly important, the design team sought to bring a contemporary facade to Circular Quay that was in dialogue with existing buildings.