A boutique building of nineteen apartments, The Carlisle is a collaboration between MHNDU, Charas Constructions, Sprout Studio and Lawless and Meyerson interiors. With an explicit nod to the surrounding art deco architecture of Sydney’s Rose Bay, our design aim was to contribute a contemporaneous offering to the pre-existing architectural expression of the suburb. Retaining consideration for its architectural context while avoiding historic mimicry, The Carlisle bridges the gap between heritage architectural convention and modern design, finding a meeting ground which offers a unique yet compatible addition to the streetscape.
Appearing as a two-storey mass when viewed from Carlisle Street, the building’s form steps up and down responding to the street adjacent. Artfully concealed from the street view is the sunken courtyard of apartments which connect across the site, only revealed when crossing the bridges into the building. Highlighting The Carlisle’s structural and aesthetic usage of brickwork, vertically proportioned brick piers offer a strong foundational basis for substantial, protuberant concrete balconies. These create a strong dialogue with the street and foster an opportunity for neighbourly interactivity. The colouration of the brickwork alludes that it has grown organically from the earth below, evolving from a medley of brown, red and blue bricks, eventuating to off-white on the upper level. In order to naturalise and integrate the façade further, planter boxes have been built into the balconies to provide a greening element and establish an organic visual curtaining between the public and private realm.
The layouts of all apartments offer luxurious detail, each differing in inclusions, catering to the sensibilities and requirements of individual buyers. Prioritisation was given to the inclusion of oversized bedrooms which open generously onto private balconies, the master bedrooms complete with ensuites and walk-in-robes. Some apartments feature additions such as cinema rooms, wine cellars, fireplaces, study areas, and the bottom floors benefit from house-sized gardens.
MHNDU is a Sydney architectural collective dedicated to creating timeless spaces which cater to modern sensibilities. Dedicated to our craft for over twenty-five years, our ethos is unwavering: to cultivate experiential beauty in built form.
All of our projects are a physical testament to our fundamental philosophy of respecting the nuances of the architectural artform, catering to our clients’ needs for a unification of residential liveability and luxuriousness.
MHNDU represents the holistic union of principals Brian Meyerson, Kevin Ng and Liam Hancock. Together with their talented team, they fuse their experience, dedication to design creativity and strategic architectural visions with the ultimate goal of cultivating a legacy of quality, enduring and sustainable buildings.
MHNDU has established a strong reputation in our industry based on our unique blend of technical excellence, commercial acumen and forward-thinking design sensibility. We have cultivated a timeless portfolio of over a hundred works specialising in developments ranging from bespoke houses and small to medium size multi-residential projects to large scale urban renewal projects within the Eastern Suburbs and Greater Sydney area. Our projects are characterised by their confident, modernist statements tempered with an intimate knowledge of local climate, lifestyle and culture.
At MHNDU we understand that the development approvals process is one of the most challenging and daunting prospects for our clients. We have built our name on our ability to engage and mediate the processes involved between clients, council, neighbours and major stakeholders. We assist our clients’ assessment of their site’s development potential through feasibility and early concept design studies for a wide range of projects. We assess the potential for bonus floor space via voluntary planning agreements, affordable housing schemes and exceptions to the planning controls to increase the yield of our client’s sites.
We are proudly affiliated with interior design studio Lawless and Meyerson, experts in intentionally cultivating interior spaces which complement the architectural concept and elevate their client’s experiential sense of home. Headed by interior designer Jo Lawless, Lawless and Meyerson have collaborated with MHNDU on a range of multi award-winning projects, building on a wealth of experience and style of relaxed sophistication. From high-end bespoke homes to luxury apartments, each collaboration is treated individually and holistically from the inside out: a seamless blend of architectural expression and refined interiors.
Nominated Architect Brian Meyerson. NSW Registration No 4907. VIC Registration No 19861.