tony owen partners opens jade apartments to sydney sky
 
tony owen partners opens jade apartments to sydney sky
jan 16, 2014

tony owen partners opens jade apartments to sydney sky

tony owen partners opens jade apartments to sydney sky
all images courtesy of tony owen partners

 

 

australian firm tony owen partners has finished ‘the jade apartment tower’ in the center of sydney’s inner business district. located in a historic part of the city and surrounded by four storey former warehouses, the structure appears to float over an arched masonry podium, visually complimenting the adjoining brick buildings and echoing the character of the area. the design brings the outside in, following concepts of openness to achieve full-height glazing on the balconies and living areas. the 15-storey tower consists of 27 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, plus double-level penthouses with a vaulted glass ceilings. facing north, the façade incorporates large perforated metal louvre blades and cut-out mesh screens that allow occupants to control sunlight, views and privacy. becoming increasingly translucent as it ascends towards the sky, the volume deconstructs as it rises, culminating in a vaulted see-through roof.

 

tony owen partners opens jade apartments to sydney sky
the tower appears to float over an arched masonry podium

 

the lobby contains the residential foyer and a cafe/bistro in the same space, which also has a vaulted ceiling over the entry in juxtaposition to the surrounding dense urban environment.  the interior design of jade interplays the structured linear elements and the curved glass facade concept, with apartments reflecting the flow of the city lifestyle.

 

tony owen partners opens jade apartments to sydney sky
it is located in an historic area in sydney’s central business district

 

tony owen partners opens jade apartments to sydney sky
the building deconstructs as it rises, culminating in a vaulted see-through roof

 

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the façade incorporates large perforated metal louvre blades and cut-out mesh screens

 

tony owen partners opens jade apartments to sydney sky
the use of brick visually compliments the adjoining historic buildings

 

tony owen partners opens jade apartments to sydney sky
street view showing the window detail

 

tony owen partners opens jade apartments to sydney sky
interior view

 

tony owen partners opens jade apartments to sydney sky
view of an apartment’s terrace

 

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the jade apartments at night

 

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  • Glass walls and ceilings seem to be the new style these days – why? Heating costs in winter are outrageous, and air conditioning demands are so great in the summer that there are local power failures. There is nothing environmentally smart about this style. There is also no privacy, not that that seems to matter these days, but still…

    Judy
  • Glass front facing the sun means huge aircon bills go with the building. To those who like living downtown – this artificial environment will be real hot in summer and real cold during those cloudy winter days.

    Gerry T
  • Wow, the 80’s are back. Phillip Cox would be proud of you.

    zeeman
  • Sydney’s hottest day on record: 114.4 degrees on 1.18.13.
    WHY would someone build a giant magnifying glass for humans to live under and in?
    With fully exposed windows of full-height on the balconies and living areas, and double-level penthouses, again with fully exposed vaulted glass ceilings, the occupants will fry.
    The northern side’s louvers will do nothing to prevent this. Australian heat waves are now a yearly event, with current temps predicted to reach 122 degrees F.

    mkc
  • Facing North in Sydney, fully glazed??!!! oh my…that´s going to be as hot as the outback.

    Fernando A.

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