9-15 Young St

SJB & Richards Stanisich

9-15 Young Street is situated within Quay Quarter Lanes, a project that represents the rejuvenation of a city block in the heart of Sydney City at Circular Quay. The project comprises a collection of new and restored buildings and laneways.

Deep reflective window reveals have been positioned above a glazed commercial office façade below and steel awnings with polished brass soffits have been draped from the facade – creating an active pedestrian-scaled yet intimate street experience.

The base of the building incorporates a public arcade creating a connection through the site with boutique retail, cafes and dining tenancies, topped with three levels of light-filled commercial office spaces overlooking the revitalised laneways.

There are eight levels of apartments with landscaped rooftops and private views of Sydney Harbour and dwellings enjoy a thick perimeter wall, accommodating window seats while double-storey voids afford selected living rooms a sense of space.

The building has been designed to express solidity and depth through the use of solid masonry and deep angular reveals. Using this as the basis of the concept, a palette of sculptural chamfered details was developed that includes angled stone to the kitchen islands and concierge desk, bevelled edging to joinery and stone panels, over scaled chamfered door jambs to the lifts and apartments entries as well as deeply pitched ceiling details to the common areas. This was to draw the architectural themes of depth and solidity into the more intimate scale of the interiors.
The finishes palette was selected to provide a serene respite to the urban location and the use of spotted gum lends an east coast Australian quality to the project.

Operable windows have been provided through all lobbies for natural ventilation and lighting of these spaces. Main residential lobbies utilise durable, low maintenance materials and internally, energy-efficient light fittings, air conditioning, fixtures and fittings, and contemporary home technology reduce power usage and afford residents control from their smart devices.


Furniture: N/A. Lighting: Trend Lighting, Bella Luce, Euroluce, The Lighting Guide, iGuzzini, Via Buzzino, Light Culture. Finishes: N/A. Fittings & Fixtures: Sterling Products, Miele, Hafele, Astra Walker, Rogerseller, GWA Group, JD MacDonald.

Photography: Felix Forest (1, 2), Rory Gardiner (3, 4), Tom Roe (5)