The luxury development leveraging the re-invigoration of North Sydney

26/04/2023 | Domain

Live, work and play at AURA by Aqualand, a ‘luxury destination’ in evolving North Sydney.

Some of life’s greatest pleasures shine bright in North Sydney’s newest development: art, fine dining, five-star amenities and stunning views.

Redefining casual luxury, AURA by Aqualand is a mixed-use building with oversized homes perched above a retail and commercial precinct. Located in an established residential area of North Sydney, AURA’s striking sculptural form reflects the incredibly rich and organic beauty of Sydney’s shoreline.

A Woods Bagot masterpiece, the architectural form of AURA has been thoughtfully designed to sit gracefully within the tree-lined streets of the North Sydney landscape.

“Our vision was to create a landmark luxury destination on the doorstep of the newly revitalised North Sydney while leveraging the talents of a world-class project team to deliver a truly unique building,” explains Alex Adams, head of sales and marketing for Aqualand, the developer and builder behind AURA.

Residents will never be left wanting, with access to a dedicated concierge service by Etymon Projects that is designed to rival that of a five-star hotel. AURA’s luxurious pool facilities, fully equipped gym, sky deck with breathtaking views of Sydney, exclusive use of Tesla cars, private function rooms and ground-floor retail deliver a lifestyle befitting the homes.

“We have curated a multilevel hospitality precinct – a shopping and dining destination for the residents and wider community, which includes a providore, bakery, cafe and wine bar, an all-day diner and a contemporary Japanese restaurant,” Adams says.

North Sydney’s winning location also means AURA has unparalleled access to Sydney’s CBD and lower North Shore. The burgeoning local cafe, bar and dining scene is impressive, and top-tier schools are moments away. Down the road, the sprawling St Leonards Park and North Sydney Oval are bordered by heritage homes and architecture.

“AURA is also moments from the new Victoria Cross Metro Station, which is scheduled to open in 2024, and is steps away from the thriving North Sydney CBD, which is set to be reinvigorated with the North Sydney strategy,” Adams says.

Capitalising on all this are the one to fourbedroom residences that have been beautifully designed and crafted by award-winning interior design powerhouse Richards Stanisich.

The interiors of the residences flow effortlessly from the open-plan living to winter gardens or balconies. Oak floors, marble, mosaic tiles and fluted glass sit harmoniously within the three elegant colour schemes – light, mid and dark.

“We drew inspiration from the architectural form of the building with moments of organically shaped detailing contrasted against clean-cut detailing to bring a bespoke quality to the spaces,” says Richards Stanisich director Kirsten Stanisich.

Apartments on levels 9, 23, 25 and 26 feature balconies, while the others integrate winter gardens with awning windows. These spaces are separated from the main living areas by bifold doors that can be left open to provide a balcony feel or closed to create a fully inclosed space.

AURA’s sub-penthouse and penthouse collection introduces a new level of sophistication and refined luxury, with sweeping views of Sydney Harbour, warm timbers and elegant marble. All sub-penthouses and penthouses also have a designer fireplace.

“The planning of the interiors is generous and thoughtfully zoned to create both a sense of sanctuary and an incredible unconfined outlook,” Stanisich says. “Our concept for the penthouse interiors is to express a sense of texture, shimmer and gloss through the selection of natural marbles, timber veneers and sparkling metallics.”

Completing the beauty of the project is landscape architecture firm Turf Design, which created a green thread that runs through the AURA development. It stems from the lush foliage found in local Sydney gardens, and introduces warmth and life to the building.

“AURA’s understated design, premium fittings and fixtures and five-star amenities reflect the casual luxury synonymous with the high-networth demographic of the area,” Adams says.

“It has been extremely well received by a range of demographics, but particularly with localarea downsizers who wish to elevate their lifestyles close to their existing friends, commitments and networks.”

With construction more than half completed, AURA is setting a new standard for luxury living in Sydney’s north.

“Our ambition is always to create something that balances form and function,” Adams says.

“We wanted something immensely beautiful, with interior design that could live up to the stunning views from each residence.”

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