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Getting ahead of the curve

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05 September  2020

Elicia Murray

Architect Koichi Takada describes the view from a curvaceous new apartment building on the lower north shore as “like living inside a picture-perfect postcard”.
“You have Bradfield Park in front of you and the iconic engineering masterpiece of the Harbour Bridge,” Takada says. “To the side, there are glimpses of the Sydney Opera House and, of course, the harbour.”

Aqualuna Milsons Point from developer Zone Q Investments is a collection of 63 apartments in an eight-storey building inspired by the organic lines of the harbour. Takada, one of Australia’s most in-demand architects, is known for his masterful use of curves, weaving shapes inspired by nature into his designs.

Aqualuna stands out from many of its neighbours on the southern tip of Alfred Street for its streamlined appearance, with vast expanses of glass showcasing some of the most famous landmarks in Sydney.
“As soon as you cross the bridge, there’s a sense of calm. There are calm ripples of water and a gentle breeze,” Takada says. “We somehow represented that in our architectural language in the facade, so you see this gentle movement inspired by the ripple and the gentle topographical character of Kirribilli and Milsons Point.”
The shapely forms continue inside, where the sleek interiors include a curved stone bench-top, natural stone mosaic features in the bathrooms, brass hardware, mood lighting and Miele appliances.
“The apartments are oriented east or west. Either you get the morning sun or the afternoon sun. Both have the element of trying to draw daylight as much as possible.”
Louvres, facade screening and opaque glass are used to enhance privacy. Residents will have access to a communal podium-level space.
The neighbourhood’s easily accessible lifestyle attractions have been a hit with lower north shore downsizers, as well as upsizers from other parts of Sydney.
The cafes, shops and restaurants of McMahons Point, Kirribilli and North Sydney are all within easy walking distance. Trains and ferries stop at Milsons Point.

 

Developer: Zone Q Investments
Architecture and interior design: Koichi Takada Architects
Size (sqm): Studios 48, one-bed 56, two-bed 81-101, three-bed 96-98 Price: Studio and one-bed from $926,000, two-bed from $2.3 million, three-bed from $2.6 million
Completion: Late 2020
Agent: Colliers International,
1800 088 830
Open for inspection: A display apartment is open by appointment only.

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