‘Modern art deco’ apartments planned for Darlinghurst heritage area
Plans for a seven-storey “modern interpretation” of Sydney’s ubiquitous downtown art deco residential buildings have been filed for a heritage conservation area in Darlinghurst.
Developer Toohey Miller is offering a Woods Bagot-designed sandstone building comprising 14 two- and three-bedroom apartments on a 685m² site at 349 Liverpool Street.
It adjoins 379 Liverpool Street, which is occupied by Mont Clair, a historic art deco apartment block built in 1938 and included in the Royal Australian Institute of Architect’s Register of Significant 20th Century Buildings.
If approved, the proposed development would replace an aging five-storey apartment block officially declared a ‘nuisance building’ in the Heritage Conservation Area of Oxford and Victoria Streets.
“The proposed development has been designed to be compatible with the characteristics of the surrounding HCA (Heritage Conservation Area) in its form, scale, height, setbacks, articulation and materials,” the development application states.
Each level includes two apartments, ranging from 120 m² to 150 m², with balconies. Level 6 apartments have additional open space with roof terraces and plunge pools.
A landscaped communal terrace also sits atop the proposed building, which is estimated to cost around $28 million to construct.
The DA describes the proposed building as “a modern interpretation of the modularity of art deco apartment buildings”.
“The proposed development comprises a seven-story building that is strongly articulated in response to the character of the site and the surrounding adjoining neighbours,” he said.
“The articulation provided to the front facade is inspired by the adjoining and surrounding art deco residential buildings.”
A central vertical fin is a key element of the building’s facade to mark its entrance “as an interpretation of the apartment buildings that surround it”.
According to the DA, the proposed construction materials have been “carefully selected to align key objectives, including achieving design excellence, respecting surrounding heritage features and the wider heritage conservation area, and enhancing the landscape of street of Liverpool Street”.
The use of sandstone at street level and the colors and textures associated with the sandstone above the ground plane reference the character of the surrounding buildings.
“A nod to the original rhythm of Liverpool Street, a continuation of the sandstone fence line and columns that mark the boundary and entrance alignment continues across the face of 349 Liverpool Street,” said a submitted design report.
“The concept seeks to sit comfortably on the street but is unmistakably a type of apartment building beyond the front fence.
“Carvings embellish the sandstone facade of 349 Liverpool Street, referring to the marks and imprints that can be found in the sandstone fabric of Darlinghurst, characterizing the neighborhood.”
The height of the proposed building (24.2m) exceeds the site boundary by 2.2m and a request for modification has been requested by the developer.
‘The proposed development offers a mix of high quality residential apartments which will replace a troublesome building and regenerate a tired site to support future residents of the Darlinghurst community,’ said the DA.
The inner city suburbs at the eastern end of Sydney’s CBD are experiencing a resurgence in development activity.
A tired collection of buildings on Oxford Street is set for a major facelift with developer Toga Group and Sydney fund manager AsheMorgan receiving the green light for a $200million mixed-use neighborhood.
Additionally, plans for an art boutique hotel for Oxford Street have been submitted by the developer behind the city’s acclaimed revival of the historic Paramount House.
The proposal has been filed with Sydney City Council and is proposed for a 481m² merged holding overlooking Darlinghurst’s Taylor Square at 191-201 Oxford Street.