Wylde Street Apartments
design: Aaron Bolot
location: Sydney – Australia
date of commission 1948
date of completion 1951
address 17 Wylde Street Potts Point
gps 33º 52′ 4.08” S/151º 13′ 31.8” E
This apartment building, containing 38 apartments, was developed as an urban co- operative housing project, which is unusual in Australia. Bolot’s Wylde Street apartments was one of the most innovative apartment buildings of its day, with the planning and methods of construction clearly showing the influence of European modernism on Australian architects. Prominently located on a corner, it is one of the first Sydney buildings to employ a segmental radial plan. The sweeping curve of glazing and the spandrels is articulated by the use of breakfronts. The pivot and fixed steel window frames are contained with- in projecting sills and heads which create shadow lines. The parapet is also accentuated by a shadow-creating capping.