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'Liquid architecture' reshaping Sydney
‘Liquid architecture’ is to buildings what plastic surgery offers humans: dramatically improved looks. For years Sydney’s apartment buildings have been characterised as egg-crate boxes that all look similar. Now one Sydney CBD building has shown how to ‘loosen up’.
Eliza in Elizabeth Street Sydney has serpentine curves and artistic swirls, with every floor a different shape and each of the 19 apartments bespoke. While visually provocative, the apartment layouts are still practical and maximize the spectacular views over Hyde Park.
Eliza has been designed by innovative architect Tony Owen using three-dimensional computer modelling and ‘visualisation’ software. He describes the 17-level building as an example of ‘liquid architecture’.
“Sydney is such a relaxed city that its residents deserve to live in truly beautiful spaces rather than lifeless apartment boxes, and we now have the tools to create complex geometric forms as affordably as traditional designs,” said Mr Owen, who honed the technique on his own family home, Moebius House at Dover Heights.
While Eliza won’t be completely finished for a few weeks, the sculptured façade is already turning heads. The curvaceous sandstone-clad lower levels are the most intricate ever created in Australia, with construction experts regaling them as ‘works of art’.
“Eliza is destined to become a contemporary classic that shakes up design standards in this city,” said the developer, Edward Doueihi of Ceerose. “Nothing in this building is off-the-shelf; it has all been custom built.
“We wanted Eliza to stand out, and it does. It has been a labour of love for us but it’s the best endorsement for quality and attention to detail that our company could ever have.”
Just two full-floor apartments remain unsold at Eliza.
“There is nothing on the market in the CBD like Eliza,” said Nigel Napoli from Savills Residential Projects. “Every appointment has been carefully considered to make these apartments special.”
A fully furnished display apartment is open for inspection for one hour per week.
“Everybody loves the location,” said Richard Shalhoub from McGrath. “It’s opposite Hyde Park and surrounded by internationally-renowned restaurants, world class fashion boutiques, shopping and facilities. The added bonus is that capital growth of ‘blue chip’ buildings in such exclusive locations is more pronounced than for any other form of residential property.”
Every apartment in Eliza is finished to the highest level of detail, with a fireplace, full-height timber-panelled walls and CBUS lighting. Kitchens have limestone floors, calcutta marble benchtops and splashbacks, and a walk-in pantry. The appliances are the finest money can buy, including a hand-crafted stove, oven, rangehood, dishwasher and microwave from Gaggenau. The fully-integrated fridge is from Liebher, the double bowl sinks from Abey Quadrato, and the tapware from Gessi Rettangolo.
Some kitchens even have a butler’s pantry and a separate preparation area for catering purposes.
Bedrooms are whisper-quiet havens with walk-in dressing chambers and ensuites swathed in travertine and bedecked with fittings from Gessi Rettangolo and Villeroy and Boch.
Even the laundry has marble benchtops.
A feature of many apartments is a wintergarden, which acts as a climatic buffer zone. Glass concertina doors slide the full length of the balcony, giving residents an adaptable space; open them partially to gain the easterly breeze; open them fully to create a larger outdoors area; or keep them closed to maintain comfort and privacy.
The foyer at Eliza is as stunning as the apartments, with a bespoke sandstone wall curved like a crashing wave, limestone floors, laser-cut timber screens and onyx-clad lifts.
The 498sqm penthouse won’t be released to the market until it is completed and fully furnished, with price expectations of around $15-Million.
Further information is on: www.elizasydney.com