Construction has started on a $300 million, 1.6 hectare development in Victoria Park, Sydney which is designed by Turner + Associates, Hassell and Koichi Takada and will include largest elevated gardens in the southern hemisphere.

The development aims to be sustainable with a 6,500 sq m landscaped private park which will be elevated 18 metres above ground level and feature BBQ’s, walkways and water features.

The retail precinct will incorporate a medical centre, health club and indoor pool to be used by residents with 206 apartments placed above street level.

LED lighting, multiple park aspects and reflective mirrors will be incorporated throughout the apartments, while an atrium exposes the retail precinct to natural light.

General manger of Payce developers, Dominic Sullivan, says the project aims to evoke European elements:

“Inspired by the world’s finest culinary destinations — including Barcelona’s Boqueria, New York’s Chelsea Markets and London’s Borough Market — the East Village retail precinct will showcase Sydney’s freshest and finest international and homegrown cuisine,” Sullivan said.

The development is set to be completed by 2014.

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