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    Wharf-style building unveiled in $550 million Parramatta residential estate, design by Smart Design Studio

    Nathan Johnson

    Imagery of Smart Design Studio’s (SDS) new building were unveiled this week, a part of Parramatta’s new Promenade residential estate.

    As flagged in the masterplan revealed in May, SDS have now given more detail on the third stage and building for the residential development.

    The new 12-storey building will contain 153 apartments and be situated on the northern bank of the Parramatta River, minutes from the Parramatta city centre.

    Architect William Smart says there are two types of building designs for the Promenade – wharf and courtyard, which will be united by water-filled landscapes and tree-lined streets to create “resort-style living”.

    The latest building is what Smart called ‘wharf’ style:

    “The ‘wharf’ buildings have horizontal slab edges in white with a pattern of vertical timber cladding and full height vertical fenestration woven between each floor level whilst ‘courtyard’ buildings appear solid and grounded with panels of dark masonry stepping along the façade,” Smart says.

    Apartments will feature high ceilings and glass balustrade balconies or courtyards to maximise views of the river and the Parramatta CBD. Kitchens feature stone bench tops and integrated Bosch gas appliances. Other finishing touches include accents of bronze or copper mirrors throughout the bathrooms and kitchens, and circular mosaic tiles in the bathroom.

    To be developed by Starryland Australia, the entire five-hectare Promenade estate will comprise 774 high-end apartments in 11 total towers, ranging from two to 12 storeys.

    Promenade will also allocate 1.2-hectares to landscaped foreshore open space, a pedestrian bridge across the river, and an extensive walking and cycling network.

    Promenade is the latest in a series of developments and masterplans that endeavour to transform Parramatta into an attractive riverside city for investors and residents. Already approved are a new civic centre called Parramatta Square and two redevelopments of car park sites into major residential and commercial towers.

    A further 33 projects worth a projected $8 Billion are also in the planning stages, and if developed, could see Parramatta overtake Adelaide as Australia’s fifth largest CBD.

    Promenade will be developed in three stages, the first of which embraced two towers comprising 277 apartments and commenced back in June. A further stage will be released as demand determines.

    Images: Supplied

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