Sydney plays host to some of Australia’s costliest architecture. Property in any part of Sydney is a hot commodity with the city proving time after time its strong investment status.
Sydney is expensive, and as Australia’s most populated – and densest – city, housing prices promise to continue soaring due to a shortage of actual land space.
However, the lack of land is not a problem for the savviest industry members, who are looking to the skies in order to break into the Sydney market.
Sydney-siders are building up.
Week after week, Sydney architects produce some of this country’s most innovative and interesting skyscrapers. The latest of these, a mixed-use development set to break ground in Parramatta, is proving its worth in joining these highly-acclaimed ranks.
Designed by architecture firm Allen Jack+Cottier, the building is a prime example of Sydney’s ongoing transformation into a ‘vertical community’. Vertical living and working is the only answer in space-short cities, and the $300 million V by Crown building is set to stun, already being labelled the ‘jewel in the city’s urban renewal.’
Collaborating with Japanese/Australian architect Kiochi Takada, the designers have managed to create a state-of-the-art skyscraper that represents the ‘now’ in terms of Sydney architecture, but also harkens back to the area’s historical roots with the clever incorporation of four 1790s-era convict huts which sit at the northern edge of the site.
Protecting these were of grave importance to the designers, and will be ensured through the construction of four major structural support columns, which will soon be built with care for these features a priority. A podium and 26 solid floors will sit above these historical elements.
In terms of design aesthetic, the building is far removed from the dowdy residential blocks of most major cities. Creating a striking figure in its aluminum-curtained façade, the building will house 420 high-end apartments, office space and retail space. In a striking move, the balcony spaces are enclosed within the exterior façade, giving the skyscraper a clean and geometric form.
“Our objective was to design a building that goes beyond the ordinary – one that is not only strikingly beautiful but well conceived, balancing comfort and an unapologetic attention to detail,” says principal architect Michael Heenan. “To do that you not only need speciﬁc design skills but also a visionary client, who understands what good design can deliver.”
Three garden space and a stunning rooftop garden with panoramic views, fill out the building, bringing back the notion that even with its design excellence and luxurious interiors, this is a residential building.
Sydney designers are breaking traditional design rules, and creating housing complexes that suit their public. Like so many major cities before them, Sydney is moving on up in the residential arena, which brings with it optimism for an exciting future in the Australian industry.