‘Essence’ is about creating a sensitive design solution which takes into consideration of its locality.  As part of our design process, a thorough view analysis contextual study was undertaken in the view of the community, which involved extensive photographic survey taken from viewpoints of the neighbouring buildings to the south.

The design development of the proposal came about through close community consultation and collaboration with the neighbours, resulting in simple, yet elegant built forms that sit harmoniously within the existing contextual environment, whilst creating an exciting facade to New South Head Road, addressing the character and scale of the street.  This was our first project where we received more than 50 letters of support from the community, who also showed their support on the night of the Council Development Control Committee. This is a true example of community focused development.

The proposed landscape design is an integral part of the overall design intent.  Provision is made for a multitude of large canopy trees within common areas around the perimeter of the site, creating a perception of widening of the existing footpath, and contributing to a landscaped presentation to the public domain.

To overcome a constrained site, a central breezeway over a landscaped garden has been designed to bring in natural ventilation and daylight into the heart of the floor plate. The transformation from 3 derelict buildings into a well-articulated façade which compliments the curved alignment of New South Head Road, and the vertical rhythm, scale and silhouette of the area.

The twin buildings of Essence thoughtfully complement the character of Double Bay’s surrounding heritage apartment buildings and grand residences, with a contemporary exterior that draws on the natural textures, colours and materials of the environment.

Reflecting its unique Sydney beach and bay location, Essence features sandstone walls and timber cladding set amongst lush leafy landscaping, seamlessly echoing the established trees within the grounds. Each building has its own distinctive character, complemented by framed facades and louvres. The result is an impeccably designed space to call home that distils the essence of Double Bay.

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