A new apartment complex planned for Alexandra’s Sydney Park is set to offer the latest in prestigious green living.
One Sydney Park is an architecturally designed sanctuary that brings the beauty of its surroundings directly into these eco designed homes.
Created by award winning architects MHN Design Union (MHNDU) and Silvester Fuller, the $700 million master planned community will sit nestled among heritage parkland that will flank buildings on three sides.
The expansive development will not only house the cluster of buildings, it will also serve as a health and wellness precinct for those who live in the area.
The $700 million master planned community will sit nestled within heritage parkland that will flank buildings on three sides
The two Sydney firms commissioned by developers where charged with the vision of creating a space that seamlessly interacted with the environment
The park, which spans more than 40 hectares, is inner Sydney’s third largest and is home to hills, landscaped gardens, pathways and wetlands.
The two Sydney firms commissioned by developers were charged with the vision of creating a space that seamlessly interacted with the environment.
Speaking to My Domain MHNDU principle Brian Meyerson said, ‘The top levels of the project take on the look of tree branches.
Many of the residents of the tree houses won’t be aware of their neighbours
‘We’ve emulated that feeling in architectural terms. There’s a column and beam structure that connects to the tree canopy in a poetic way, like a three-dimensional framework that links in with the trees.’
The apartment complex, aptly named Amber Treehouse, takes direct inspiration from its spectacular surroundings, and has been designed with a brief of bringing the park into the built form.
The intention of the project is to have the buildings blend seamlessly against the greenery of the park in a way that creates a folded, layered and diverse landscape, the design team said.
The apartment complex, aptly named Amber Treehouse, takes direct inspiration from its spectacular surroundings
The structure has been designed to appear as fingers reaching out, while the architecture towards the top of the five and six-story buildings feathers out against the sky.
‘For many of the residents of the tree houses, some of which are single-storey and some double-storey, they won’t be aware of their neighbours.
‘They will be separated from their neighbours by landscaped courtyards. They will feel more like rooftop homes than apartments,’ said Mr Meyerson.
The units will feel more like rooftop homes than apartments
The staggered apartment system has single-storey units on the middle levels of the buildings which are known as ‘nest apartments’. The ground and first floor includes homes dubbed the garden terraces – two-storied units with their own private front and rear gardens, and separate entrances.
The interior of each home also pays attention to its surrounds. UK-based Make Designers created an indoor flow, complete with floor to ceiling paneled windows, to complement a landscape saturated in wide blue skies, and towering grey gums.
‘The use of natural timbers, marble and stone express the natural materiality of the park,’ said head of the firm’s interiors, Tracey Wiles.
The use of natural timbers, marble and stone express the natural materiality of the park
The 2.1 hectare site was sold to developer HPG Australia – the Australian arm of Chinese-based Hailing Group – in 2015, and the land will be developed into 400 apartments over eight separate buildings.
Planning includes more than 6500 square metres of open public space as an extension of the parkland and 1300 square metres of retail with a wellness focus.
While specific tenants haven’t been confirmed for new complex, they are expected to include cafes, restaurants, organic food outlets and a yoga studio.
Floor to ceiling windows capture park views and create a feeling of seamless integration
The HPG-owned site will be developed into 400 apartments, over 8 buildings
A subterranean car park will ensure the public plaza is car free, and an eco hub will mean there are electric car chargers and bike share facilities available.
In keeping with the artistic nature of the surrounding suburbs, the developed has allocated $1.5 million to a permanent public art collection, to be curated by art adviser Barbara Flynn.
Commenting on the development, managing director of HPG Australia, Dr Adrian Liu said respecting the area’s cultural heritage was the foremost consideration in all design plans.
‘We didn’t want to bring too much of the development into the park. Instead, we wanted to bring the park environment into the development.’