Opera Residences demonstrates our commitment to creating architecture that is unique to place. Located in one of Sydney’s most important precincts, the architecture was developed to enhance the distinct urban characteristics of East Circular Quay, connecting the northern edge of the city to Utzon’s Sydney Opera House (SOH). A design objective was to mark the southern end of the walk to the SOH, augmenting the global identity of this precinct in Sydney.
Opera Residences transforms a previously blighted area. New connections between Circular Quay, the Botanic Gardens, and Macquarie Street enrich the urban experience.
Opera Residences was conceived as a fluid form in stone, concrete, and glass. Distinct design characteristics are experienced from varying vantage points. From Macquarie Street, an understated character reflects the dignified residential address, while on Circular Quay, the form is dynamic and playful. When seen from the Cahill Expressway, the softly folded glass facade heightens the perception of movement.
The interior architecture takes full advantage of aspect and views, while achieving high degrees of privacy. To enhance both the concept of fluidity as well as residents’ experience, apartment divisions are disguised by large bay windows. Ground-breaking technology is used to bend multiple layers of glass without noticeable distortion.
Opera Residences demonstrates our commitment to bring focus surrounding placemaking considerations. The architecture is designed to ‘belong’ to Circular Quay – to be appreciated by owners and visitors as an enhancement of the urban environment as well as delivering unique apartment interiors, shaped by context to improve amenities. These attributes underpin the value proposition of design conceived to be an investment in material and cultural advancement for residents, the wider community, and the city of Sydney.