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Eliza Apartments: Sydney

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The Eliza Apartments, now under construction will be one of the most elegant and prestigious apartment buildings in Sydney. The project combines classic 20th century style with the latest parametric design tools to create an iconic landmark. The site is located on Sydney’s historic Elizabeth Street on Hyde Park. This is Sydney’s most exclusive address. This design at once responds to the historic streetscape, and massing considerations of the site, at the same time the design relates to the unique lifestyle and character of the surrounding area. The profile of every level is different. This responds to the differing unit plans and views on each level. As the views change progressively up the building, so does the shape. 3-D modelling software and scripting is used to create a façade that is progressively responsive to changing conditions. The 17 storey building contains 19 units with most levels having one unit per floor with a 3 storey penthouse on top.  The tapering shape of the penthouse maximises solar access to Hyde Park and terminates the fluid geometry. The clean lines of the facades and subtle curves create a bold and sophisticated statement that is appropriate for this inner city location. The area includes a number of heritage structures representing several periods, some flamboyant in style. Whilst not attempting to mimic its neighbours, the design presents a contemporary expression of the principles embodied in the surrounding buildings. The façade is a contemporary expression of the traditional bay window expression that is common to Macquarie Street and Elizabeth Street. The design uses traditional and elegant contextual materials, yet in a contemporary and challenging way. The lower 4 levels are expressed as a solid sandstone podium to respond to the solid expression of the Sheraton and Great Synagogue to the south and adjoining buildings to the north. The upper levels are a contemporary expression of the traditional bay window expression that is common to Macquarie Street and Elizabeth Street. The result is a thoroughly contemporary parametric design that creates a timeless design in a classic Sydney area.   Architect: Tony Owen Partners   Images courtesy of Tony Owen Partners  

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