Koichi Takada Architects - Sydney


Runway-ready Residences

9-10 June 2017
Elicia Murray


The one-time heart of Sydney’s rag trade is back in fashion – this time as a desirable address for luxury apartments. Calibre from developer Icon Oceania is the latest high-end project in Surry Hills, hot on the heels of The Surry and Golf House. Architect Koichi Takada says the interiors of the 18-apartment project draw inspiration from the creative industries, past and present, which have called this part of Sydney home.

“From the clothing industry of yesteryear to the craftsmen and artists that live and work here today, Surry Hills has an incredible energy and culture,” Takada says. “We are drawing on this through a textural materials palette, finely crafted details and luxurious finishes.” The eight-storey building uses organic forms and natural tones to create what Takada describes as an “urban forest, a light-filled sanctuary within the urban village.”

The apartments feature floor-to-ceiling glazing. Most have generous balcony spaces. All have access to a rooftop communal space with lounge and barbecue. Residents can access apartments via a lift or stairs. The stairs play a starring design role, encouraging active use of the building and providing views across all levels.

Calibre’s haute couture offerings are a three-bedroom penthouse and two-bedroom sub-penthouse. Set over two storeys, the penthouse has a sprawling 166 square metres internally and more than 177 square metres of outside space. “A penthouse of this scale and quality in Surry Hills is very special,” Takada says. “You can access your own private roof deck pool and sun lounging areas. I don’t know of anything like it in this area.”

Icon Oceania director Nico Tjen says Calibre will attract those who will appreciate the visionary design and the location just 300 metres from Central station.

This article was originally published on Domain

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