The designers of Make Architects have toasted a job well done, having completed the interior design of both the apartments and marketing suite for Opera Residences, for Macrolink and Landream.
Overlooking Sydney Harbour with its world famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House, the 20-storey apartment building is to be built on the site of the 1960s Coca-Cola Amatil office building.
It has been designed by Tzannes Architects in collaboration with executive architects Crone Partners, on the last remaining piece of freehold land on Bennelong Point – one of the most lucrative and famous pieces of real estate in the world.
The 104 apartments are now being sold off the plan and have achieved record values, with two penthouses selling for $26million and $27million – beating the Australian record for most expensive off the plan apartment sale twice in one week.
Make has designed the interiors for the private amenities including reception, library, lounge, wine rooms, pool and gym as well as the apartments and marketing suite, providing a level of materiality and attention to detail akin to the most luxurious hotel.
Leading the design team is Make Partner Tracey Wiles.
“Our approach to interior design is to integrate the interior solution into the overall architectural concept allowing one to enhance the other,” Wiles said.
“It has been a wonderful experience working with Tzannes Architects to ensure the materiality and detailing of the interiors is unified with their overall vision to create a harmonious transition from inside to out.
“These will be exceptional new homes, with outstanding attention to detail to make them worthy of the incredible views they command.”
The double-height reception space is sculpted with travertine walls that softly lead guests from one space to the next. The external bronze cladding travels from outside to in, folding into a fireplace in the living area and wrapping the library to create two intimate amenity areas for the residents.
In the apartments, sightlines are channelled through to the harbour views at every opportunity, with full-height glazing used to maximise the light and sense of space and proportion.
Make has made an effort to emphasise the grandeur of these apartments using materials such as sculpted Corian, parquetry, rich travertine, marble and inlaid Flemish copper to create "sensual layers of visual tactility and luxury". Many of the details mirror the soft curves used throughout the architecture which reference the sails of the Opera House and the arch of the Harbour Bridge.
Chevron timber flooring or Italian travertine form the base palette for the apartments. Grand entertainer kitchens can be selected from a materials palette of an exceptionally high standard, with island benches crafted out of Corian or marble, offset by bespoke-designed Flemish copper inlay details.
Likewise, the master bedrooms incorporate en-suite bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes to emulate a high-end hotel, while timber detailing connects the spaces so they transition from one to the next. The bathroom includes bespoke Calacatta marble credenzas, incorporating soft crafted curves that provide generous storage as well as beautiful oversized mirrors, both with Flemish copper inlays to add to the subtle glamour.
Opera Residences is the latest in a string of high profile interiors projects won by Make Architects and the first from its new Sydney studio. In the UK, Make has just completed the new Grand Entrance for Harrods as well as a new S.U.N room for the luxury department store’s Lower Ground Contemporary Menswear department. It also delivered the award-winning The Temple House Hotel in Chengdu for which it worked on both the architecture and interiors on behalf of Swire Hotels.
In Sydney, Make Architects is making a mark with the major Wynyard Place redevelopment and has been awarded the refurbishment of the iconic sandstone Department of Lands and Department of Education buildings on Bridge Street, which are to be converted into a luxury hotel by Pontiac Land Group.