NewLife Darling Harbour
TWT Property Group
Built, September 2019
This elegant apartment complex located at 495 Harris Street Ultimo is highly responsive to its site and the rich character of its neighbourhood. The multi-layered building steps down from nine-storeys along Harris Street to six levels facing Bulwara Lane, providing 200 apartments including penthouse, a broad range of single storey apartments and several two-level terrace apartments at street level. Ground floor retail and commercial space activates Harris Street and upper level roof terraces fully exploit stunning views to the CBD, major bridges and the harbour.
Architectus won the design competition for the prestigious mixed-use project developed by Auswin TWT. Ideally located opposite the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre and next to the Ultimo Community Centre, the site was once the headquarters of Tabcorp and offered one of the last substantial development opportunities in Ultimo.
We put forward a bold design that met the brief requirements but suggested new ways in which the development could engage with surrounding buildings. Instead of adhering to the prescribed envelopes – which virtually filled the site and provided only minimum separation between apartments – our proposal extended and completed an existing lane network and provided a much larger central courtyard. This increased privacy between properties, promoted pedestrian and visual permeability and created a new residential address for the lane facing dwellings. Our architectural and urban design and planning teams worked together to arrive at a layout that was demonstrably superior to the reference scheme in terms of urban design quality and amenity, achieving a compelling development proposal and resulting in residences of the highest quality.
Design Competition Winner