Weeks to build
Five star hotel suites
Everything you see in Sydney is very feminine, very curvilinear. So beautiful. We should be connecting to that. It became a conscious decision to crown the building with an architectural feature that relates to how people perceive Sydney. We have taken a risk, and hope others will read this as a message to take one too.
This is a unique and beautifully designed structure that features distinctly in Sydney’s skyline. The two, 29-storey, luxurious high-rise residential and hotel towers stand at 88m tall and are clad in soaring curtain walls of glass. World renowned architect Koichi Takada drew his inspiration for the elegant brickwork and steel arched hoops from the curving forms of the iconic Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.
Working with the Arc by Crown Group, Hutchies brought to life the vision of the structure, and restored and preserved the historic Skittle Lane linking King Street with Kent Street and Clarence Street. This linkage was an important part of the project, as it provides an alternative pedestrian laneway and boutique entry, giving shared access to the building.
Hutchinson Builders was awarded the contract to build the iconic structure based on our detailed and efficient program, and the strong multi-residential capability of our team who previously delivered The Residence – a high quality redevelopment of the former police headquarters in Sydney’s Hyde Park. Our ability to provide certainty around complex site logistics — due to the Sydney light rail works in adjacent George Street — was also a key factor in our appointment.
As part of the value management process, Hutchies proposed a superior solution for the façade, utilising a full curtain wall in lieu of the documented window wall and full face brickwork on the base to upgrade the proposed precast hybrid solution. While these improvements did not deliver significant cost savings, the quality of the alternatives will deliver significant design and function benefits.
The indulgent apartments feature amenities such a spa, gym, and reflection pool and rooftop courtyard on the penthouse level. Skye Suites Sydney occupies 73 suites and offers larger than typical hotel rooms with 5 star amenities.
2020 HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards HIA Australian Apartment Complex (Crown Group)
2019 MBA NSW Excellence in Construction State Awards Residential & Mixed-Use Development Buildings up to $150M (in collaboration with Crown Group)
2019 MBA NSW Excellence in Construction State Awards Best Use of Steel (in collaboration with Crown Group)
2019 MBA NSW Excellence in Construction State Awards Best Use of Bricks (in collaboration with Crown Group)
2019 AIB Professional Excellence in Building Awards New South Wales Residential Construction $50M+ (High Commendation)
2019 Architizer A+ Awards Residential-Multi Unit Housing - High Rise (16+ Floors) (Jury Winner & Popular Choice Winner) (Koichi Takada Architects)
2019 Architecture MasterPrize Architecture Awards Architectural Design / Mixed Use Architecture (Koichi Takada Architects)
2019 DRIVEN x DESIGN Sydney Design Awards Architecture - Mixed Use - Constructed Gold Award (Crown Group / Koichi Takada Architects)
2019 Think Brick Awards Horbury Hunt Commercial Award (Koichi Takada Architects)
2019 INDE.Awards Editors’ Gold Mark (Koichi Takada Architects)
2019 INDE.Awards The Multi-Residential Building (Honourable Mention) (Koichi Takada Architects)
2019 UDIA NSW Crown Group Awards for Excellence High Density Development: Stand-Along (Commendation) (Crown Group)
2019 Asia Pacific Property Awards Architecture Multiple Residence Australia (Koichi Takada Architects)
2018 12th Annual IDA Awards Architecture Categories / New Residential Building Bronze Award (Koichi Takada Architects)
2018 Excellence in Brick and Block Awards Ornamental Brick (Koichi Takada Architects)
A feature of the Arc by Crown Group’s twin 25-storey tower development is a pair of arched metal fins that cantilever and curve over rooftop, shaping the skyline with a gentle and organic form.
The Daily Telegraph
Hand-built brickwork and masonry arches, using more than 300,000 bricks create the intricate detailing. Arc is understated and stylish.
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#Repost @koichitakadaarchitects • • • • • Nearing completion; the crown feature of Arc stands out among the flat city skyline. Hashtag #arcbycrowngroup when you see Arc from surrounding city skyline! _______________________________________________________ Arc by @crown_group designed by #koichitakadaarchitects, built by @hutchies1912 Photography by @frmez • • • #2018 #australia #sydney #architecture #arc #rooftop #design #drone #dronephotography #dronestagram #citycontent #urbanliving #lifestyle #architecturelover #architecturehunter #archidaily #architizer #designboom #dezeen
The centrepiece of the development is the hotel, which has elegant, oversized luxury rooms with balconies, and one of the city’s best-looking pools. It’s in a moodily lit room with a sensually curved ceiling – is there a better place in Sydney to to do laps? – with a gym off to the side.