Elegance in Double Bay

1788 Residences

Located in the heart of Double Bay, 1788 Residences aims to capture the boutique culture and European ambiance of its village surroundings.

At the neighbourhood scale, the building’s sculpted form and concave and convex curves evoke the glamour of the 1920s and art deco style, while two new ground level arcades weave the building into Double Bay’s existing network of pedestrian laneways. In each unit, we have aimed to deliver light and spacious apartments with high levels of residential amenity and a strong connection to the outdoors.

Elegant articulated facades with concave curves define the building’s sculped form. The building’s upper two levels are setback to reduce their visual impact from street level. Along Knox Lane, the building steps in plan to reduce apartment depth and provide a finer grain to the streetscape. The projecting 4-storey volumes improve natural light flow and street views for the building’s 1-bed apartments, which align to this frontage. Deep slots in the building form align with the arcades below, allowing daylight to flow through these spaces.

At ground level, two pedestrian arcades connect Cross Street and Knox Lane and enhance the laneway network that’s integral to central Double Bay. We have located entry lobbies off the arcades to provide residents with a discreet front door. This entry location also maximises retail space, with eight tenancies of varying sizes fronting the streets and arcades, and a large restaurant tenancy setback from Cross Street, improving the area’s outdoor dining options. The tenancies’ finely detailed steel and curved glass shopfronts are eye-catching and draw pedestrians into the site and through the arcades.

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Large outdoor balconies and terraces with integrated planters extend along the full frontage of Cross Street and provide a seamless connection between inside and outside. They also create effective horizontal shading and visual privacy to the street.

Spacious units make up 20 Cross Street’s apartments; the building contains 18 3-4-bed apartments, 6 2-beds and 6 1-beds. We organised the apartments around two separate lift cores to eliminate corridors. This plan also helped us achieve a northerly aspect, dual frontage and cross ventilation in 80% of the apartments. The apartments’ interior architecture and design carefully integrate with the building’s softly sculpted forms, extending and expressing curves inside through bespoke detailing of ceilings, joinery and panelling.

Large outdoor balconies and terraces with integrated planters extend along the full frontage of Cross Street and provide a seamless connection between inside and outside. They also create effective horizontal shading and visual privacy to the street.

Details

Client

SJD Group

Location

Sydney | Gadigal Country, Australia

Year

2021

Status

Completed

Area

3,800 sqm residential + 615 sqm retail

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