Smart Design Studio and fjmt will design the final stage of Central Park

17 October 2013 — Smart Design Studio and Richard Francis-Jones of fjmt have been chosen for the next two residential stages within Central Park.

The final stage, which will see another 500 apartments built, has been fast-tracked by joint venture developers Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia.

Design competitions for both sites were required under the 2009 concept plan approval for Central Park. A design review panel nominated the architects and a preferred concept scheme for each site and then submitted their ideas to the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure for ratification.

The Smart-designed building will be the first residential building to be developed on the Abercrombie Street edge of Central Park and will include about 180 apartments.

William Smart of Smart Design Studio said the design intent was to create a link between Chippendale and the southern edge of the Sydney CBD.

“We wanted to create a building that offered privacy to its occupants and beauty to the passersby.

“Lessons borrowed from nature inform the thinking on the façade. The rippled surface of water inspired the exploration of a lenticular façade and louvres, used in an artful way, provide the privacy required and control the light, creating movement across the façade and an ever changing character.”

The site of the fjmt-designed building is bordered by O’Connor and Wellington streets on the Chippendale edge of the Central Park precinct.

This building, which is not part of the joint venture with Sekisui, will be independently developed by Frasers and will include about 320 apartments in a long, sinuous building stretching along Wellington Street.

Francis-Jones Morehen-Thorp (fjmt) design director Richard Francis-Jones said the design introduced “curvilinear and fluid architecture”.

“It will create additional landscaped parkland and apartments opening out to views and natural light. These will be wonderful places to live”.

Frasers chief executive officer Guy Pahor said the joint venture was constructing 1400 apartments as part of the first residential stage of Central Park and that apartment sales had prompted an accelerated release of the next residential stages within the 5.8 hectare mixed-use precinct.

Since construction commenced, more than 1200 apartments have been sold and about 400 apartments already settled, with a further 1000 settlements due later this year and into 2014.

Mr Pahor said next year would see development accelerating further.

“Not only on the residential front but also on other phases of the development with commencement of the commercial precinct, student housing and the refurbishment of  historic Kensington Street all scheduled to commence in 2014.”

The local community will also be asked to comment on fjmt’s evolving design on the Wellington Street building.