Sinuous brick-inlay facade design impresses in Double Bay Apartments

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The 1788 Residences development in Double Bay has set a new benchmark for luxury architecture and design in Double Bay, with the curved facade created using brick inlays making a distinct difference.

Located in the heart of the village of Double Bay, this iconic project by developers SJD Group is timeless, refined and elegant. Renowned for beautiful, sustainable designs that enhance both quality of life and the built environment, Bates Smart has more than delivered.

Drawing inspiration from Double Bay’s boutique culture and European village vibe, the facade design is absolutely stunning, adding to the suburban history while maintaining the uniqueness of the area.

Most breathtaking in the design of the facade is the elegantly sculpted form of concave and convex curves.

As Bates Smart comments: “Elegant hinged facades with concave curves define the sculpted form of 20 Cross Street, to evoke 1920s glamor and art deco style.

Creating the facade required meticulous attention to detail and a proven facade system that could deliver a beautiful, high quality curved brick wall without compromising on materials or detailing. Enter Evolution Precast and Brick Inlay by Robertson Facade Systems, with Blanco Brick Tiles supplied by Robertson’s Building Products.

The result speaks for itself: time and money saved on site for the builder, and a remarkable façade that fully fits into its context.

The material palette perfectly integrates the building into its surroundings. Using primarily brick, concrete and aluminum, it respects its community and neighbors, building on the historic residential qualities of Double Bay.

“On Cross Street, horizontal ribbons of white brick define a four-story street wall. The masonry is framed by off-form concrete sills and lintels, while curved fluted bronze aluminum walls separate the balconies. They seamlessly transform into vertical louvered screens as they extend towards the street. »

Photo courtesy: Yanddy Lim

“The upper two levels of the building on Cross Street are set back to reduce their visual impact from street level. They have horizontal zinc-clad balconies with convex curved ends that play against the concave curves of the brick-clad street wall,” notes Bates Smart.

Along Knox Lane, the building moves in and out along the façade, creating a dynamic relationship with the static streetscape, bringing the lane to life and enhancing the public space.

On the ground floor of Cross Street, curved storefronts draw passers-by into the site and along its two shopping arcades, mimicking and enhancing the pedestrian lane networks of the Double Bay village center.

Inside, 28 bright and spacious one- to three-bedroom bespoke apartments with high-quality finishes offer timeless aesthetics and high levels of equipment. Each has strong indoor/outdoor connections, drawing in an abundance of natural light through generous private north-facing balconies and views over the verdant landscape. Appropriately, the curves of the building have been integrated into the interiors via bespoke millwork, ceilings, paneling and finishes.

Les Résidences 1788 contribute positively to the future of the suburbs while maintaining the unique and highly valued character of the area. SJD and Bates Smart are to be commended for delivering such a timeless, refined and elegant residential development that provides downsizers, investors and families with a series of beautiful apartments to enjoy for years to come.

Project details:

Developer: SJD Group

Architect: Bates Smart

Product: Brick Inlay with Blanco Brick Tiles

Precaster: Evolution Precast

Builder: Ultra Building Co.

Photography: Felix Mooneram and Yanddy Lim, where indicated

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