Triplex Apartments Redefine Apartment Living |
Sydney Apartments Redefine Apartment Living

Sydney Apartments Redefine Apartment Living

Inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Written by –
Jess Ng
on January 11th 2018
Born and raised in the UK, Jess is NONAGON’s resident historian turned marketer turned writer, drawn to Hong Kong by the lure of dim sum breakfasts and bustling city life. A foodie who loves to cook, food occupies 70% of her brain 90% of the time. When not eating, Jess can typically be found buried in a book or obsessing over making NONAGON’s Instagram #feedgoals.

The Triplex Apartments


Edward Birch and Prue Roscoe

Oftentimes, council planning restrictions are troublesome stumbling blocks that exist purely to stifle creativity and senselessly deny our true architectural desires (or so it would seem). Yet occasionally, restrictions welcome design constraints. In Bellevue Hill, Sydney, for instance, limits to residential apartment building heights forced Luigi Rosselli to follow the land’s contours in his latest project, The Triplex Apartments. The result is a block of striking terraced apartments which draw inspiration from the ascending tiers of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

Triplex Apartments: Exterior View |

From street view, The Triplex Apartments look like a single-story residence – a clever design feature meant to soften the impact of the recent re-zoning of the area for residential flats.


Triplex Apartments: Curved exposed concrete beams |

Design-wise, the exterior features curved edge beams made from exposed concrete. The resulting silhouette stands reminiscent of two outstretched arms, welcoming you home.

Triplex Apartments: Exterior view of gardens |
Triplex Apartments: Exterior view of gardens and terrace |

It’s surprising to learn that each apartment in this complex comes complete with its very own large terrace and private garden, dispelling that age old myth of small apartment living.

Triplex Apartments: Indoor outdoor living with a spacious terrace and floor to ceiling windows |

The generous yet manageable size of these homes make them ideal for suburbanites looking to downsize without compromising outdoor space.

Triplex Apartments: Minimalist living room with natural design details and statement chair |

Inside, each apartment boasts its own unique layout. There are no cookie-cutter repetition of plans, details and materials here! This is mainly due to the fact that terraced apartments inevitably have differing topographies, in addition to different arrival points from the vertical lift.


Want to see more from Luigi Rosselli? Check out this home that balances between contemporary chic with rustic Victorian bungalow vibes. What? Yes, you’ll see what I mean.

Triplex Apartments: Minimalist living room with wood panel ceiling and floor to ceiling windows |

The minimalist aesthetic of all three apartments is the work of interior designer Romaine Alwill. I especially like the touches of nature, from the wood-paneled ceiling to the mudcloth-inspired textiles with fringing. It really helps to ground the overall look, connecting the inside with outdoors almost as well as those floor to ceiling glass windows.

Triplex Apartments: Exterior view of apartment rooms |

Speaking of indoor-outdoor living, where possible, most rooms in each apartment open directly onto the aforementioned outdoor spaces. This design is especially welcome in an apartment, making it feel like you’re living in a spacious home as opposed to a multi-story building.

Triplex Apartments: Warm minimalist living room with lantern lamp shade and simple fireplace |
Triplex Apartments: White kitchen with curved concrete pillar and wooden bar stools |

Elsewhere in the apartments, circular design elements play on the curved lines of the architecture.

Triplex Apartments: Open plan living, dining and kitchen space with warm minimalist aesthetic and open shelves |

The open plan living space makes the most of the available square footage in each apartment. Although the aesthetic remains steadfastly clutter-free, open shelves in the kitchen allow for a hint of personality to shine through.

Triplex Apartments: White minimalist hallway with plant detail |
Triplex Apartments: Modern monochrome bathroom with bathtub and shower |
Triplex Apartments: Minimalist bedroom with monochrome color scheme and large balcony doors |

Overall, with enviable gardens and deceptively spacious interiors, the Triplex Apartments easily belie the walk-up shell they occupy. In fact, I would go as far as to say that they redefine apartment living – both inside and out.

For more surprisingly spacious apartments make sure to check out this bright and cheerful Egue Y Seta home, which boasts views of the Sagrada Familia. Or head to our exclusive video tour with Liquid Interiors and their Hong Kong apartment design for clever small space living ideas!


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