The Eliza Apartments, Sydney

Located amongst the beautiful and historic surroundings of Elizabeth Street, Sydney you will find the Eliza Apartments by Tony Owen Partners.  The building, designed to complement the prestigious urban surroundings of Hyde Park, rises elegantly from the ground. The area enjoys numerous heritage structures representing several periods.

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Whilst the design has been sympathetic to its environment, with the cream almost ambient exterior, it has plenty of personality to stand out due to its contoured and sculptured asymmetrical exterior and dominant brown balconies formed of curved yet geometric tiles, thus making it easily identifiable. The ideal blend of historic and contemporary was an ambition of the architect, Tony Owen Partners, at the outset.

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The façade is a contemporary expression of its surrounding areas. The bottom four levels represent a solid sandstone podium, sympathetic to the nearby Sheraton and Great Synagogue, whilst the upper levels are an expression of traditional bay windows enjoyed by many of the surrounding buildings. From the street the inhabitants are invited to look up at the geometric and curved portico, an experience they then continue throughout the building as the theme of curvature formed by geometric shapes can be seen in all parts of the apartments, from the exterior balconies to the bathroom and interior façades.

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This theme transcended to the materials. Opting for traditional steel and sandstone but using the latest digital technology ensured a unique modern design.

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Atop the seventeen story building is a three-story penthouse. This luxury apartment boasts a large open plan entertaining area with views over Sydney.  The geometric and curved patterns are also represented in the furnishings, with rugs, tiles and bathroom furnishings all in keeping with the same style. These furnishings are continuous throughout the building as even the lobby area also conforms to the aesthetic with a somewhat cavernous atmosphere.

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The construction of this ambitious project was further complicated by the existing buildings that hem in the limited 290 square metre site.

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Words: Jessica Macnally


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