Transforming a 1970s office tower into Australia’s most desirable residential address
Location was key to transforming a tired College Street office tower into a stunning residential property. To better integrate the property with its surrounding landscape, we reimagined the tower as two slender wings. This delivered better access to light and views, improving the property’s overall amenity.
Civic amenity and powerful design connections to its context were integral to the project’s value. By virtue of fitting streets to geography or perhaps merely through serendipity, the Residence straddled an axis connecting the paired shells of the Opera House and the twin spires of St Mary’s Cathedral.
Capitalising on The Residence’s enhanced views, our design is bright, open and inviting. Beautifully crafted interiors have been treated with a light touch, and penthouse residents enjoy exclusive access to a private sky deck. The Residence has achieved the highest residential values in Australian real estate history.
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The tower was segregated into two slender wings when viewed from the north, one overlooking the Eastern Suburbs in the morning and the other looking into the western afternoon, the city lights and Hyde Park. Twin sentries flanking a space between, an implied gateway, a way through. The pair of forms allowing for adaptation of the building’s language and scale to each of the precincts they separately address. The podium, forming a base from distant views, was designed to engage local observation through its higher order of detail and finish in Hawkesbury sandstone.
The unique design includes a lobby lounge and concierge desk, 20 metre lap pool, spa, sauna and steam room, gymnasium, private dining facilities and wine storage area. The most durable finishes have been employed.
What end-users say
What end-users say
“I definitely think it is Sydney’s hottest building,” - resident and executive committee member, nuclear medicine specialist and radiologist Dr Victor Mansberg. “Prices have gone berserk here”.