North Sydney’s newest address combines tailored luxury with a harbour panorama

12/10/2023 | Domain

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Prestige developer Aqualand bypassed the apartment cookie-cutter to create a unique high-end offering.


One of North Sydney’s most anticipated new luxury apartment buildings is on track for completion in 2024.


“A new icon of the North Sydney skyline has come to life,” says Alex Adams, head of sales and marketing at AURA by Aqualand.


The prestigious residential community in Walker Street is the brainchild of award-winning property developer Aqualand.


The construction team recently celebrated topping out at 28 storeys above Walker Street, a milestone that also unveiled the striking glass-encased residential tower.


“Everyone can experience the building’s unique architectural merit now that its iconic shape can be clearly seen,” Adams says.


Residents can soon make AURA their home, and there are apartments still available off the plan for purchasers wanting to create a unique, house-sized residence that fits their desires.


Bypassing cookie-cutter offerings, thoughtful design by esteemed architects Woods Bagot and interior architects Richards Stanisich imbues flexibility for residents, with 46 different floor plans to choose from. Apartment life here doesn’t require compromise.


“Every client is different, with particular preferences and requirements,” Adams says. “They all live different lifestyles and we aim to cater to as many as possible.”


Spaciousness is also woven throughout, allowing for further adaptability to the changing needs of residents over time.


All apartments here are intentionally large – AURA’s design was revised three times and scaled down from the original 448 planned residences to just 386.


“No other projects in North Sydney offer these well-oversized apartments,” Adams says. “We did this to provide residents with the luxury of space and privacy.


“We knew downsizers would particularly appreciate this, having come from their large, family-sized homes.”


The interiors, also by Richards Stanisich, offer a choice of colour schemes and fresh tones anchored by a textured material palette.


Elegant touches extend from chevron floors of French oak to weathered brass handles and wet areas embellished with Bianco glass mosaic splashbacks and fluted glass shower screens. Residents also have flexibility of deciding how the outdoors is integrated into their apartment. The generous winter gardens offer a flexi-room of sorts.


“The opportunities are endless, and their usage will depend on each resident’s individual lifestyle needs,” Adams says.


Glass bifold doors and windows open or close to create an extension of the living area, or perhaps a gym area or lush extra dining space.


The spectacular North Sydney “backyard” is also brought in, thanks to AURA’s unrivalled location.


“Due to AURA’s elevated position, views of Sydney Harbour can be seen from many apartments as low as level two,” Adams says.


North-facing dwellings benefit from a lush green outlook over parklands such as Anzac Park and St Thomas Rest Park.


You’d be hard-pressed to think of amenities more befitting a low-maintenance lifestyle than those offered here.


A dedicated lifestyle concierge service is at all residents’ fingertips, and on-site shared Tesla cars will be a boon for those preferring not to own a vehicle, or with adult children needing a vehicle occasionally.


AURA also celebrates connection and ease with its communal areas.


The Sky Deck has barbecue facilities and a variety of seating suitable for private diners through to large social gatherings. Level nine boasts a community centre, while the ground level houses a gym with Technogym equipment, and a luxurious swimming pool and spa.


In the same vein as Aqualand’s other outstanding North Sydney project – BLUE at Lavender Bay, which features award-winning French restaurant Loulou Bistro – AURA’s residents and locals will enjoy a contemporary Japanese restaurant and a cafe/wine bar.


Rounding out the richly landscaped precinct are a providore, bakery and all-day diner.


Young professionals, families (there are various top schools in the vicinity) and upsizers are showing interest in one, two and three-bedroom apartments (each available with an optional study), and there’s also a small handful of four-bedroom apartments still available for purchase.


With the Victoria Cross Station opening adjacent to the tower in 2024 and the new 1 Denison Street precinct a short stroll away, the imminent completion of AURA is an exciting opportunity to attain an individually tailored home in North Sydney.



Author: Brigid Blackney

Original story: Domain