22 October 2018
Skye Suites Sydney occupies nine floors of Arc, a striking new 25-storey highrise designed by the Tokyo-born Sydney architect Koichi Takada.
At street level, Arc presents as a handsome 19th-century warehouse, its red-brick columns holding up elegant arches. Twin towers above are topped with arched ribs that look from a distance like white armadillo shells.
A constantly shifting 12-metre light sculpture by the Melbourne-based studio Ramus Illumination floats above an airy arcade running through the development from Clarence to Kent streets and bisected by the cobblestoned Skittle Lane.
The Arc foyer is in an eight-storey-high atrium off the arcade (Skye Suites’ foyer is a floor below at 300 Kent Street). Glass elevators shoot up to both the hotel and the private apartments.
The 73 one- and two-bedroom Skye suites, in the brick podium, combine Japanese minimalism with the character of inner-city loft living.
Tasmanian oak panels, pale tiled floors and velvet armchairs stand out within the minimalist colour scheme. Designed for short- and long-term stays, the apartments are equipped with functional kitchens, washing machines and dryers (plus a valet service for suits) and high-speed broadband.
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