18-19 AUGUST 2017
By Lissa Christopher
Reach for the Skye
Having access to the rooftop swimming pool of Crown’s Skye development would be reason enough to add this gem of a penthouse to your property portfolio.
It is a mesmerising strip of turquoise perched 21 storeys above North Sydney, with views that seem to stretch east about as far as Tierra del Fuego. In summer, you could easily idle in the water – forearms resting on the infinity edge, gazing out over the world – until you dissolved. Or at least until you got hungry. Skye’s rooftop also boasts a substantial gym for the virtuous and, for the popular, a large lounge area that can be reserved for private events.
The penthouse itself is also a prize. Its centrepiece is a glorious openplan living, dining and kitchen area that looks out over the harbour and Parramatta River to the west, roughly as far as Madagascar.
Elegant proportions, white walls, blonde floorboards and a sleek white island kitchen combine to make it a beguiling space.
The kitchen has a Miele induction cooktop, mirror splashback and about four different types of oven.
A touch-screen near the front door is a control centre for temperature, lighting, security and more. It does not, as far as we know, control the weather, but you can use it to check the forecast before leaving home.
A glorious curved timber wall at the rear of the living area incorporates two concealed doors. One door leads to the third bedroom, the other to a flight of stairs and another hard-toleave outdoor space: the apartment’s private rooftop terrace and garden.
The Skye development was designed by Koichi Takada Architects, an award-winning Sydney-based firm with a design philosophy that draws inspiration from nature. Undulating strips of bronze-hued steel that are part of Skye’s facade, for example, are a reference to the aurora australis and culms of bamboo.
One such strip runs along the rear of apartment 2005’s rooftop garden, embracing and protecting it like the high back of a throne. It’s a top spot and you could easily lose a lot of time up there, just breathing and staring at the horizon.
“This property Is the best of the best, the apartment is the best in the building and the Skye development sets a new benchmark for luxury apartment livlng in North Sydney.”
– Tim Foote, Belle Property Mosman Agent
This article was originally published in Sydney Morning Herald, Domain Magazine