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Arc

Sydney, Australia
Sector. Residential
Artisan bricklayers individually placed more than 300,000 bricks on the facade of Arc to create the timeless yet modern look.
Sydney, Australia
Client. Crown Group
Artisan bricklayers individually placed more than 300,000 bricks on the facade of Arc to create the timeless yet modern look.

Arc is made up of two 26-storey, 80-meter high towers. The mixed-use residential project includes 135 apartments, 86 boutique hotel rooms, cafes, restaurants and a retail precinct. It was erected on a 1,447-square meter site at 161-165 Clarence Street and 304 Kent Street in Sydney. The floor area of the project is 17,400-square meters. This project was the winner of a City of Sydney Design Excellence Competition in 2013. The twin towers rest on a four-block brick masonry podium that aligns with the delicate heritage context. Arc seeks to reduce reliance on mechanical services and embraces more natural means. Its glass elevator core lets daylight in, and the stack effect of the central atrium facilitates natural ventilation. Arc gave back the ground plane to the people to reinstate a “laneway” from Sydney’s past, re-activating a once forgotten part of the Sydney CBD.

The podium was made with no less than 300,000 hand-laid bricks. The use of these brick arches responds to the scale and character of the heritage buildings next door, like the Red Cross Building and the Andrew Bros Warehouse. The inspiration for the materiality evokes the image of Uluru (Ayers Rock) located in the Northern Territory – “the colour and texture of brickwork echoes the oxidation of red earth, found in the heart of Australia as well as the erosion of its landform over years traced in a series of organically shaped ribs and arches.” Perhaps the most distinctive feature of Arc is a series of 59 ribs or arches that reach up the towers forming an “organic crown” at the rooftop. This draws a distinction between Arc and the mainly unused rooftops of towers elsewhere in the city, emphasizing the importance of such “breathing space” for social interaction and wellbeing.

Arc represents an architectural statement that combines craftsmanship and texture to create a contemporary tower that respects the rich historical context of its surrounding urban fabric.

Project Credits

Arc Project name
Arc Project name
Koichi Takada Architects Architecture and Interior design
Koichi Takada Architects Architecture and Interior design
Crown Group Client
Crown Group Client
161-165 Clarence Street & 304 Kent Street, Sydney, Australia Location
161-165 Clarence Street & 304 Kent Street, Sydney, Australia Location
Completed in 2018 Status
Completed in 2018 Status
1,447 m2 Site area
1,447 m2 Site area
80m Height
80m Height
135 residentials, 86 serviced apartments, 221 totals No. of apartments
135 residentials, 86 serviced apartments, 221 totals No. of apartments
26 above ground and 6 below ground No. of floors
26 above ground and 6 below ground No. of floors
300,000 approx. (279,680 bricks delivered to site) No. of Bricks
300,000 approx. (279,680 bricks delivered to site) No. of Bricks

Awards

2020 CTBUH Annual Awards - Best Tall Building under 100 meters Award of Excellence Winner
2020 CTBUH Annual Awards - Best Tall Building under 100 meters Award of Excellence Winner
2020 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards - Apartment Complex Winner
2020 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards - Apartment Complex Winner
2019 Brick in Architecture Awards - International Gold Winner
2019 Brick in Architecture Awards - International Gold Winner
2019 Master Builders Association Excellence in State Awards - Residential & Mixed-Use Development Buildings Winner
2019 Master Builders Association Excellence in State Awards - Residential & Mixed-Use Development Buildings Winner
2019 Architecture Masterprize - Architectural Design / Mixed Use Architecture Winner
2019 Architecture Masterprize - Architectural Design / Mixed Use Architecture Winner
2019 DRIVEN x DESIGN Sydney Design Awards - Architecture - Mixed Use - Constructed Gold Winner
2019 DRIVEN x DESIGN Sydney Design Awards - Architecture - Mixed Use - Constructed Gold Winner
2019 Think Brick Awards - Horbury Hunt Commercial Award Winner
2019 Think Brick Awards - Horbury Hunt Commercial Award Winner
2019 World Architecture Festival - Completed Buildings - Mixed use Shortlisted
2019 World Architecture Festival - Completed Buildings - Mixed use Shortlisted
2019 7th Annual Architizer A+Awards - Across all the categories Special Honoree
2019 7th Annual Architizer A+Awards - Across all the categories Special Honoree
2013 Design Excellence Competition City of Sydney - Residential Winner
2013 Design Excellence Competition City of Sydney - Residential Winner