Koichi Takada Architects - Sydney


Aqualuna bridges a boutique gap

7-8 April 2017
Elicia Murray


Tourist favourite. Harbourside gem. Gateway to the north shore. Milsons Point is many things, but brand-spanking new apartment buildings are not usually on its CV.

That’s what makes Aqualuna such a rarity. The eight-storey luxury building from developer Zone Q with architecture and interiors by Koichi Takada is one of only a handful of multi-residential buildings to be built in the suburb over the past few years.

Colliers International residential project marketing director Selda MacDonald says there is shortage of premium, boutique apartments on the lower north shore.

“Aqualuna is an opportunity for discerning buyers to purchase a luxury apartment in an iconic location that is full of history, while providing great amenity and connectivity,” MacDonald says.

The building has 63 apartments, with 21 one-bedroom, 31 two-bedrooms, six of three bedrooms and five penthouses. The development is at the southern end of Alfred Street, across the road from Bradfield Park and within a block or two of North Sydney Olympic Pool and Luna Park. The Harbour Bridge, foreshore and Kirribilli markets are moments away.

“You’re so close to the city, yet it’s like a little haven away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It has a real village feel.”

Aqualuna replaces a commercial building near a row of heritage terraces.  Principal architect Koichi Takada says his team wanted to introduce a new but complementary architectural language to the historic village, marking a clear and “almost romantic” departure from the more commercial environment of the street.

The curved facade is designed to reflect the nearby harbour’s curves. “The surrounding buildings are very solid and structured but Aqualuna will connect more with the natural flow of the harbour and the nearby bays,” Takada says. “We wanted to capture the essence of the quieter, more tranquil side of the harbour.”

Inside, the design incorporates Takada’s signature curved walls and organic forms.

This article was originally published in Sydney Morning Herald’s Domain Magazine

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