The Koichi Takada-designed Arc is now partially complete. The building’s ‘Skye Suites’ has now opened its doors to the public.

Skye Suites Sydney is the city’s first offering of boutique serviced apartments in the CBD, according to developer Crown Group. The 25-storey multi-residential tower was designed to combine architectural excellence and luxurious amenities while also enhancing the inner-city lifestyle.

“This is an exciting project for Sydney as Arc by Crown Group will be the first collection of serviced apartments to redefine the west corridor of the city – tapping into the business and financial district of the CBD,” says Wayne Taranto, Crown Group director of hotels and suites.

Arc is expected to become an impressive centrepiece in the Sydney CBD, achieved by famed architect Koichi Takada. Takada’s vision will come to life creating a soaring icon of style with arched metal fins that cantilever and curve over the exclusive Horizon Lounge and rooftop, shaping the skyline with a gentle and organic form.

The arches filter throughout the project, from the ice cave-themed lobby through to the arch balconies of the suites. Offering hotel guests private balconies and fresh air, the development features a masonry façade podium and glazed frontage inspired by the unique character of significant heritage buildings.

“This architectural masterpiece in the city’s CBD will not only form a striking addition to Sydney’s skyline, but will enhance the existing streetscape for domestic and international guests, and Sydneysiders,” says Iwan Sunito, Crown Group chairman and CEO.

Designed to enrich and regenerate public amenity in the CBD, Crown Group has also worked collaboratively to restore Skittle Lane which will host Reflect, public art created by Ramus Illumination. Reflect will be an illuminated sculpture stretching 12 metres across the atrium, comprised of a steel frame, stainless wires and thousands of LED lights. Reflective of a path of flight through the air itself, the artwork will shift its palette of colour and movement in lights according the sound and movement of people beneath it.

Skittle Lane was originally built in the late 1980s as a laneway to service the surrounding warehouses and was used as a bowling alley for sailors and soldiers. Using trachyte blocks, Skittle Lane has been repurposed to act as a pedestrian and boutique retail thoroughfare comprising an 8-storey atrium, linking King Street with Kent Street and Clarence Street.