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Castles in the sky

The Property Addict / Distinct Dwellings

Jul 17 2017

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Castle Residences, Shanghai United's $380m residential development in Sydney's CBD is a showpiece for how heritage, design and culture can be seamlessly woven to create residences of ultimate indulgence. Located at 203 Castlereagh Street, the project will incorporate a redevelopment of the heritage listed Porter House into a luxury 121-room boutique hotel in partnership with AccorHotels. Castle Residences is the flagship Australian project for international property giant, Shanghai United. In this landmark location, it seeks to create an outstanding residential building that will take pride of place in the very heart of Sydney " a legacy for the future. The AU$19 billion Shanghai-based company has engaged the award-winning Candalepas Associates to create a truly imaginative and memorable architectural tribute to Sydney that evokes a thrilling sense of time and place, housing residences of immense simplicity, comfort and splendour. Built in 1876, the original sandstone arches of the 5-storeys high, heritage-listed Porter House " long considered "an ornament" to this part of the city " will be confidently extended into a striking modern structure that floats overhead. The brilliant design will interweave the heritage-listed building with Castle Residences to incorporate the history, heart and soul of the iconic building into a legendary living experience, enhanced and complimented by stylish and individual furniture, artwork and accessories. On the podium, Candelapas has created an uplifting roof garden and luxury pool " a place of respite in the city's busy heart. The design begins with first principles of elegance and timelessness with sculptural cantilevers, alcoves and honeycomb-like arches. It brings together historic and contemporary architecture to achieve a perfect balance of beauty and liveability. Inside, interior designer, StudioAria, has drawn upon its signature ability to produce spaces that are long on glamour, line and spatial flow. In both the boutique hotel and residential spaces, interiors are designed in concert with the architecture to produce memorable experiences and living environments that will retain their elegance over time. A keen eye for luxury contemporary styling has produced classic, modern and uncomplicated signature homes. Beautiful natural materials and textures form a harmonious whole with elegant pale limestone, oak timbers and soft grey hues complemented by shots of graphite and bronze to create floating layers of luxury throughout the spaces. The arched architectural motif seen in the building's signature scalloped windows is hinted at in the subtle curves of countertops, etched mirrors and cabinetry. Magnificent Gaggenau entertainer kitchens, free-flowing living spaces and rich artisan detailing are designed for enduring elegance and appeal. The best of two worlds at one iconic address, Castle Residences fuses its luxury CBD living with the international AccorHotels MGallery boutique hotel brand to create a unique destination and extraordinary experiences for both residents and guests.     Thoughtful use of materials and detailing will interweave its heritage features into the 121 guest rooms and suites in the new tower with beautifully stitched rich leathers, unique bronze glass round showers, polished metal accents, timber and heritage-inspired decorative tiles. Hotel services made accessible to residents will include room service, catering, housekeeping, laundry and maintenance, access to all hotel facilities (restaurants, bars, gym, pool and business centre), 24-hr security, concierge and valet parking. Proximity to a rollcall of fine dining establishments, entertainment and luxury retail makes the Hyde Park precinct one of Sydney's most sought-after addresses. With beautiful shopping experiences, cultural destinations, decadent restaurants and chic bars hosting a who's who of Sydney's social scene nearby, Castle Residences' premier address will prove irresistible to those who seek the very best in life. Indeed, a recent report from Australian property expert, CBRE, shows increasing demand for residential apartments like Castle Residences in Sydney's CBD as buyers and investors vie for luxury prime CBD real estate in an under-supplied market. CBRE's report stated the popularity of 2-bedroom CBD apartments showed no signs of abating, comprising 49% of sales. There was also continuing strong demand for 3+ bedroom luxury apartments in the city from downsizers and empty nesters. Castle Residences will hold a VIP launch on August 12 and construction is due to commence early 2018 with completion expected 2020.

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