Sydney’s most exclusive address opens its doors

After multiple delays and breaking the Australian record for an apartment sale twice in the same week, the Crone Architects, Tzannes and Make Architects-designed Opera Residences will open its doors later this month.

One of Sydney’s premier addresses, Opera Residences was the subject of intense bidding between a number of buyers in 2016. Located at Bennelong Point, Australia’s apartment price record was smashed with the purchase of a four-bedroom penthouse sold to a woman hailing from the eastern suburbs for a cool $26 million. The same buyer also spent a total of $31 million on the two sub-penthouses below for her children.

Businessman and philanthropist Robert Saltieri and his wife Kelly later purchased another four-bedroom penthouse on the same floor, this time for a total of $27 million.

Subject of a collaborative effort between Crone Architects, Tzannes and Make Architects, the development endeavoured to set a benchmark in multi-residential, luxury living. The prestigious location, coupled with a range of amenities for residents, visitors and the general public ensures the building will carry a long lasting legacy.

The apartments feature a palette of stone, concrete and glass, with the distinctive and complex sculptural form of the building inducing varied emotional responses when viewed from a number of urban contexts including Circular Quay, the Opera House, Cahill Expressway and the Botanic Gardens.

Comprising 104 apartments in total, the development was the subject of $500 million in residential sales, with all dwellings sold off the plan in a matter of hours after launching. One-bedroom units, that come with no parking, went for a total of $1.7 million.

The project was slated for completion in 2019, with a number of delays halting the construction timeline. The 19-story building is home to first rate views of some of Sydney’s iconic landmarks, such as the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Royal Botanic Garden and the surrounding harbour.