Hat-trick for Make in Chatswood

Make has won a third design excellence competition in Chatswood with our design of a 14-storey residential tower. Located on Ellis Street, the scheme further expands our portfolio in the area, following wins for Anderson Street and The Bryson. Chosen for its “sophisticated and agile response to a tightly constrained planning envelope”, the site sits at the southern end of the Chatswood CBD Expansion Area, within walking distance of Chatswood Park and the Chatswood Chase shopping centre, and will deliver 28 new homes to the growing area.

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Designed to achieve a 5 Star Green Star rating, the building is wrapped in a facade that mitigates solar gains while maintaining thermal comfort, along with strategic glazing that maximises insulated solidity without sacrificing views or natural light. The scheme also features two commercial floors and a ground-floor retail outlet, along with residential terraces and green spaces. Taking the form of four intersecting blocks, the design is expressed through different materials on the facade, including grey bricks and contrasting champagne-coloured vertical metal strips.

The interior palette – which combines natural stone and timber with warm metallic finishes – also harnesses luxurious, earthy tones and creates a calm, welcoming environment. Nature is brought into the building through incorporated native planting throughout, landscaped terraces, and external barbeque and dining spaces that connect residents to the outdoors.

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Every apartment includes a generous dual-aspect balcony, providing cross-ventilation and views towards Sydney Harbour and the city beyond. The balconies are positioned alongside the kitchens, so dining and entertaining can extend outside, with bi-fold servery windows and sliding doors creating hybrid indoor/outdoor spaces residents can use year-round.

Jake Alsop said: “We’re excited to have won another scheme in Chatswood and see our designs start to shape development in the area. With only three apartments per level, 3 Ellis Street will offer a more intimate scale. The dual aspect apartments benefit from thoughtful layouts that welcome nature in, frame views out and create comfortable, relaxing homes.”

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