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Embracing biophilic design: Rothelowman’s Lunar

Embracing biophilic design: Rothelowman’s Lunar


Rothelowman has submitted plans for a development application for Lunar, a multi-residential development in Sydney.

The building is the gateway to expansive green spaces with Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park and Dharawal National Park all lying close to the suburb, and the design works to harness these surrounds.

Ben Pomroy at Rothelowman says that Lunar was derived as a response to these natural surroundings and a desire to optimise the apartments’ long-distance views. “Lunar sits on one of the highest points in the Sutherland Shire, with views north to the CBD and Botany Bay, our scheme had to take advantage of these opportunities, while developing a design that addressed and was respectful to the public domain,” he says.


Located on Mitchell Avenue and Sutherland Road, the development will deliver 64 apartments once complete. It blends seamlessly into the natural landscape using a simple, elegant palette and features that embed it into a landscaped ground plane.

The built form sets out to follow the site’s topography, creating a design that is born of its unique context. “Capitalising on the area’s temperate climate, a breezeway elevates the traditional
corridor to a space where residents can socialise with their neighbours in a pleasant open-air setting,” says Pomroy.


“Liveability was a significant consideration in the evolution of Lunar’s design and the breezeway supports that. We have strived to create a building with the greatest possible access to daylight and fostered natural ventilation that is created with the layouts.”

The site’s location in an emerging development area meant its design was focused on providing a classical and elegant form; the building’s rhythmic façade serves to provide articulation and visual appeal. Also practical, the façade helps frame views and create privacy for balconies.

Construction of Lunar is set to commence in mid-2017. Once complete it will deliver apartments, a basement carpark and a communal landscaped garden.

Renders courtesy Rothelowman.


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