Central Element Is Redefining Luxury Living
Multi-residential living is taking off in Australia – with a new set of impressive luxury developers refining and redefining things.
Historically, multi-residential living has been viewed as a transient situation, investment opportunity, or sad consolation prize in a society built on archaic desires for detached housing.
That was then, today luxury multi-residential projects are finding a rightful footing across the country – a sector set to grow as it showcases what can be achieved when elevated design and heightened function align.
Architects and developers are now seeking sites within sought-after locales, creating veritable micro-communities that prioritise wellbeing and foster a sense of belonging. Embodying the spirit of detached housing, such dwellings and development push beyond the appeal of singular use blocks, with low-maintenance, community-style living that doesn’t come at the cost of comfort and style.
It’s among these innovative developers that you’ll discover Central Element. Specialising in multi-residential, mixed-use, and lifestyle precincts, the Australian firm collaborates with leading architects and interior designers—SJB and Woods Bagot among them—to create developments that revitalise and enrich a given community.
Among them, the upcoming Elizabeth Hyde Park sees acclaimed homegrown architects Glenn Murcutt and Angelo Candalepas collaborate on a mixed-use residential and lifestyle precinct set to represent the future of exceptional liveability in Sydney.
Gravitating towards sites that are often overlooked, Central Element seeks to translate the unique story and heritage of every environment into authentic places that make a positive contribution to their setting.
“Put simply, we seek out sites with a story and enjoy bringing these stories to life,” Nathan Chivas, managing director at Central Element, tells Robb Report. “We look at each project as a blank canvas, coming at it with no bias and a genuine willingness to listen to the site, its surrounds, and the community it belongs to.
“We do our due diligence upfront with rigorous research and community consultation,” explains Chivas.
“We typically undertake an initial placemaking strategy upon site acquisition to better inform our vision for the development – ensuring it is always in response the needs of a community.”
Marking the developer’s debut in Sydney’s Inner West, the forthcoming Bianca Drummoyne comprises 12 three- to four-bedroom residences. Designed by the renowned architecture and interior design firm SJB, the residences make the most of their dual frontage and water access.
“It’s architecture as a sculptural response to the site’s unique topography and location,” notes Chivas, “with rooms and openings adjusting to ensure that water views and privacy are maximised from all living areas.”
Meanwhile, The Balmoral Collection, designed by MHNDU architects with interiors by Richards Stanisich, ameliorates the traditionally staid category of senior living.
The boutique development comprises four well-appointed—think Gaggenau appliances, generous marble island benches, and beautifully landscaped outdoor decks—whole-floor residences, positioned in the covetable Sydney suburb of Mosman.
With each residence serviced by a private lift and meeting rigorous accessibility standards, it adeptly caters to the changing needs of downsizers while representing a sophisticated and desirable place to live.
Shirking the notion that new developments need to come at the cost of heritage, adaptive reuse is a further core tenet of Central Element’s work. Recently receiving approval for Coogee’s illustrious Ballamac House, the developer will restore the property to its 19th-century grandeur while bestowing it contemporary amenities and a plethora of communal outdoor spaces.
It follows the revival of the award-winning Anden Coogee, which honoured the building’s heritage design while incorporating industry-leading sustainability measures.
“Through its innovative design we retained its celebrated 1930’s art deco façade, with a sustainable design exceeding Building Sustainability Index targets with features such as photovoltaic panels, solar access, and rainwater collection systems,” says Chivas.
Far from a temporary living solution, the new generation of multi-residential developments are designed to last, enriching and inspiring the communities they’re set in.
“We’re the opposite of set and forget,” says Chivas.
“We want to leave a lasting impact on the Sydney market, with projects that have longevity and purpose 20, 30, and 40 years from now.”
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