The Crest aspires to be a contemporary version of the Art Deco apartments that Potts Point is famous for. The understated elegance of these buildings gives them an enduring charm and sustains their value. The proportioning and detail in the facades give them a human scale and ultimately provides for a very civilised residential condition.
The Crest is designed both with a humility that allows the broader urban design objectives to take precedence but also a strength that re-orders the local context and importantly contributes to re-making The Cross.
There is a discretion to the facades whereby balconies are contained within the envelope, and the need for floor to ceiling glass gives way to a more sensible ratio of solid to void.
Subtle facade details such as the curvature of the vertical column elements soften the rectilinear form whilst the materiality and detail adds richness to the close-up views of the building.
Our high-level approach has been to work with the assets of the existing building and approved envelope (efficient structure, views and iconic location) but then bring additional layers of thinking to the project to make a better fit for the locality and potentially, make a project that speaks of a new future for Kings Cross.