Photo by Max Dupain, courtesy of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Site Overview

site name:
Wylde Street Apartments
Aaron Bolot
date of commission:
date of completion:
17 Wylde Street, Potts Point, Sydney NSW Australia
Residential / Housing (RES)


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 were 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 within projecting sills and heads which create shadow lines. The parapet is also accentuated by a shadow-creating capping.