The arty, grungy interior of Motif’s display suite.Move over, Collette, Alannah and Akira – there’s a new way of making a fashion statement, and it’s all to do with the apartment in which you live.
With the shift to higher-density living in full swing, top-name architects are being brought in on projects around Sydney to add a designer feel and look to new developments – and set them apart from their competition.
From floor-to-ceiling glass and handcrafted, imported finishes, there is a growing array of offerings with definite designer cred.
One of the latest projects to hit the market is Motif, a boutique development from Antaeus Group in collaboration with big-name architects SJB and Iain Halliday of Burley Katon Halliday (BKH).
Antaeus Group is turning a rundown Police Boys Club basketball complex in inner-west Erskineville into an uber-cool, copper and concrete-clad boutique development. The 30 apartments on the Erskineville-Newtown border go on sale on November 10 through McGrath Projects. A mere stroll from the cafes of Newtown and Erskineville, they feature terrazzo floor tiles and handcrafted Moroccan-tile splashbacks in the kitchens.
The director of SJB, Adam Haddow, says that given its location on the edge of Erskineville, the development called for some quirkiness. ”It needed to have a sense of intrigue and interest that encouraged people to look at it a little bit longer or made people feel like it was part of the character of the suburb rather than it being a new building in an old suburb,” he says.
An off-form concrete facade will front Erskineville Road but will have ”castellated parapet details” that add a playful scalloping to the top of the building.
”That’s really about how the building touches the sky and, if you look around Erskineville, a lot of those turn-of-the-century buildings have quite beautiful parapet details, and that’s where a lot of the craftsmanship in the building was put in,” Haddow says.
”What we wanted to do was reference that idea about celebrating the top of the building, celebrating the way that it touched the sky.”
Haddow’s design delivers a garden to 24 of the 30 apartments, meaning most residents will have a real patch of dirt to call their own rather than a balcony.
Inside each of the apartments, which are due to be completed in early 2014, Halliday sought to create an ”anti-design” edge to the space, deliberately opting for an arty, grungy look, which just can’t help but feel a little designed with its deliberate selection of robust materials.
To let more light flow through the apartment, opaque-glass sliding doors separate the bedrooms and dining area, and will disappear into cavities when open.
The director of McGrath Projects, Steven Chen, says the 1985-square-metre site will have about 600 square metres of retail space underneath, with the developer targeting casual eateries and dining tenants.
Not far down the road, design was top of mind at Camperdown when Natalie Mina went hunting for an investment property a couple of years ago. Mina, a corporate strategist, liked what she saw at the Sugarmill in Gibbens Street so much that she and her partner decided to switch tactics and buy off the plan for themselves through Maria Magrin of Belle Property Annandale.
Having sold their Canada Bay home, they moved into their new terrace in the Sugarmill, designed by Smart Design Studio in conjunction with Loftex Architects.
Although Mina has given up her backyard and shifted her boys, aged five and nine, into a smaller space, she says good design makes up for it all – especially the floor-to-ceiling glass at the back of the home.
”It just feels so open,” she says. ”Comparing it to a house, I can fit all the same things into a smaller space, and I actually don’t feel any more closed in.”
Motif will have 30 apartments, which will comprise 13 one-bedders (60-87 sq m) from $560,000; 16 two-bedders (86-124 sq m) from $725,000; and one three-bedder (130 sq m) from $1.05 million to $1.14 million. motifnewtown南京夜网.au, 1800 833 887.Starck choice
When cinematographer Ross Emery was looking for an inner-city investment property, he was attracted to the edgy Meta building on Goulburn Street in Surry Hills.
Emery is the cinematographer on the new Wolverine film and has also worked on Valkyrie, the Matrix trilogy and Superman Returns. He was a particular fan of the building’s well-known designer, Phillipe Starck, who turns his hand to everything from chairs to kitchen appliances.
“I love the way he puts humour into his design,” Emery says. ”His designs are always functional, but bring an element of fun to everyday objects, so the thought of his stamp being on a whole building was very seductive. Why settle for an orange juicer when you can have something to live in?
“A lot of apartments are cookie-cutter designs, with the main thought being fitting as many front doors into the least space. But this was applying design to the whole building rather than the fitouts only, and was also trying to include a human element in the scale of the project.”
Emery had dreamt of holding the two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment until retirement, when he could live there permanently. However, now that he and his wife, photographer Katrina Crook, have two children, the couple are selling to upgrade their main residence.
“I’m very sad to be selling it,” Emery says. “I’m quite attached to the building and the apartment – it’s such a great building.”
The property is being marketed through Ben Forsyth of McGrath Edgecliff and has a price guide of $680,000.
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