External view of a cluster of apartments located in Ashfield, Sydney, which utilises interstitial spaces.

External view of a cluster of apartments located in Mosman, Sydney, which utilises interstitial spaces


With the population in the Sydney Metropolitan Area increasing, the demand for more residential buildings will also increase. By 2033, 770,000 new homes will be needed to accommodate this rise. To solve this issue, the use of ‘wasted spaces’ and ‘in-between or interstitial spaces’ within the Sydney Metropolitan area will be utilized to build new dwellings to accommodate the increasing demand for residential buildings.

In this project a process of discovering these interstitial spaces its qualities and limits, understanding the span and depth of this spaces has lead to the use of a modulated and metabolist system which can be applied in multiple scales.

In the matrix below illustrates the distortion of a cube to form different spaces with varying light and view potentials and qualities. These sub-modules are then combined to form apartment modules. Depending on the site and its conditions and constraints the combination of these sub-modules differentiates.

This is a plan that can be applied to any city that has an impending issue with density and population growth. The construction involves the use of the existing built structures, where these apartment modules can insert structural beams through. The apartments will sit on these beams and in some instance cantilever. 

Project Year // 2013

Studio // Ghost in the Machine

Studio Tutor // ‎Joanne Paterson Kinninburgh

Test models of organisation of modules.

Matrix of spaces - testing light and visual qualities. Four modules are selected depending on the site qualities to form one apartment module.

Matrix of examples of potential arrangements depending on site conditions.

Plan of one apartment module.