Project profile: Crows Nest Apartments

Atchison Street Apartments, Crows Nest
Horizontal curved timber lines created to inspire a sense of calmness and tranquillity.

The Atchison Street project is situated on the site of an old grocer in Crows Nest, a suburb on the lower North Shore of Sydney located around five kilometres from Sydney’s Central Business District.

The six-storey block contains 30 apartments, ranging from two and three-bedroom apartments to top floor penthouses and ground floor terraces featuring private courtyards.  The apartments were created to combine a sense of individuality and community, as well as a connection to the unique locality.

The Atchison Street project reveals high quality architectural design, materials and an inspired curved form to create a visually interesting and sympathetic corner statement. The architectural details, skin and setback of the top level maximise privacy and intentionally interrupts the form of the building. The Atchison Street project will contribute to the identity of the area by creating a visual landmark and encourage high quality residential developments in the area.

Bureau of Urban Architecture Managing Director and Principal Architects says, "Crows Nest is a perfect north shore neighbourhood; low in scale and high in activity. It is close to the city, the harbour, freeways north and west of Neutral Bay and Mosman. The area is known for its prominent tree lined streets, mixed use buildings of diverse appearance and of course the distinct Crows Nest house and semi-detached house with its low scale red pitched roofs.

"As a place, Crows Nest is unique and stands in stark contrast to the larger scale built environment of St Leonards rising up to its west. It is also a very desirable place to live, and with the new metro station proposed to be open in 2024, it will become more and more popular.

"In the context of this uniqueness we wanted to create a unique building with large corner apartments.  We designed the building to allow the residents to experience and enjoy life better and at the same time, connect them to nature. The building’s footprint resembles a four leaf clover or a four-prop boat propeller and this design strategy ensures a majority of corner apartments with the best amenity in terms of light, air and outlook. The apartments were designed to have extra space and a sense of generosity with an orientation towards family use.  We aspired to design the building so that it would achieve high environmental outcomes but to also be light filled, have an abundance of landscaping and the aesthetic pleasure of long sweeping timber clad horizontal lines.

"Bureau designed the Atchison Street building in such a way as to provide people with a strong connection to nature. In all of our design aspirations we concentrated on ensuring the building would form a positive connection and contribution to the place and establish a new benchmark in low rise apartment building typology."

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