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    Pyrmont mid-rise plays on its working class past to deliver sustainability

    Branko Miletic

    Designed by architects SJB, the Paragon of Pyrmont is the latest mid-rise residential development that is promising to provide a newly-elevated standard of lifestyle to Sydney’s Pyrmont. 

    According to Jonathan Richards, Director of Interior Design, SJB, while the inspiration behind these apartments is their historic location, the design certainly did not encapsulate any of the stark industrial attributes that were the mainstay of the historically hardscrabble Pyrmont / Glebe waterfront.

    “Pyrmont is one of Sydney’s historic city-side industrial neighbourhoods. Its location at the foot of the CBD has made it an extraordinary neighbourhood to live,” said Richards.

    “Rather than a monolithic new block, the architecture gives space to the public domain with open landscaped public walkways between the new buildings."

    "They are lined in a bronze mesh that shimmers among the heavily landscaped common areas,” he said.

    Luke Berry, from the Thirdi Group said that sustainability was certainly part of the design brief.

    “Sustainability is something that is very important to Thirdi Group, not only for Pyrmont, but for all their projects,” said Berry.

    “When it comes to Paragon, Thirdi will be focusing on two key elements of sustainability, re-using parts of the sandstone excavated for its basement and incorporating this throughout Paragon’s landscaping, and also embracing the latest in energy storage and management, via an innovative partnership with Tesla.” 

    “All apartments and terraces will come with their very own Powerwall2 allowing their homes to buy and store energy at ‘off-peak times’ to use later during peak times.”

    “This combined with Tesla’s own Artificial Intelligence technology, the Tesla power walls will learn the habits of the home owner’s behaviour and research forecasted weather patterns to predict when the home should lower the blinds and turn the air-conditioning on to cool the home with off peak energy,” said Berry.

    The Paragon of Pyrmont apartments are scheduled for completion in 2019.

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