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  • ARTICLE 1

    Organic and original, Sydney's newest architectural icon

    The cityscape is shifting. Fluid and organic shapes that complement the surrounding world are softening the solid, and domineering structures of yesteryear. Organic architecture, first conceived by world-famous architect Frank Lloyd-Wright, is a design movement taking over the world – and Sydney is no exception.

    Visionary architect Koichi Takada's new creation, Aqualuna in Milsons Point, is set to become a landmark of the movement. His work embodies the principal philosophy of organic architecture – the belief that a structure should appear as though it's grown from the site from which it stands.

    An organic building needs to be intimately connected to the moment and place of its creation, co-existing with the world around it without ever appearing to be imposing or imposed-upon. Materials are revealed, rooms are opened wide, and space is created for greenery to make its way inside. The result is a structure with integrity.

    Aqualuna champions this philosophy. It follows one distinctive form, visibly reflected in every detail of the building and in its instinctive tones inspired from the field. Close to Sydney Harbour and with aspects towards the gentle arch of the Harbour Bridge or the soft light of Lavender Bay, its curved forms complement the clouds and water.

    The building perfectly captures the benefits of living so close to these natural and urban wonders.

    Residents can gather on Aqualuna's landscaped terrace to enjoy Sydney's sparkling city skyline and spectacular fireworks, or the ever-changing hues of sky and water. Inside their homes, curved walls and organic, textured materials echo the surrounding landscape and neighbourhood.

    For a building to be truly organic, every detail within needs to work in harmony to complement the whole. Takada took responsibility for Aqualuna's interiors, capturing and reflecting the natural light with a neutral, organic palette of whites, pale blues and greys. The living spaces are designed to give the impression that the entire home is outdoors, with full-height glass turning the landscape beyond into a perfect work of art from every perspective.

    The 63 unique apartments within Aqualuna are expected to sell fast, with registrations of interest flooding in. And it's no surprise – Sydneysiders have always embraced organic forms: our most treasured architectural icon is the cresting sails of the Opera House. We all desire a home that speaks to our sense of joy and wonder in nature, with simple pleasures, luxury materials and timeless design.

  • ARTICLE 2

    The architect bringing the outside in

    Koichi Takada set out to design his latest masterpiece Aqualuna with the sun and moon in mind. He had a vision of two suburbs, sitting opposite each other with the glistening harbour between them. Circular Quay is the sun, a picture-perfect, bustling beacon of light, and Milson's Point is the moon, a peaceful retreat bathed in the borrowed light of the cityscape.

    It's not often you'll find an architect so inspired by the natural world. Having created the interiors for One Central Park and East Village Retail, along with designing the new residential architectural icons Skye, Infinity and V by Crown Group, the multi-award winning architect has an impressive reputation for creating buildings that defy logic and complement the surrounding environment.

    According to Takada, Aqualuna was created with a philosophy of invisible design. He explains, “my role as an architect is to be a vehicle for you to enjoy your lifestyle. When you come home, it shouldn't be about design – it should be about you.”

    This speaks to the core of Takada's design philosophy, that living should be pure, complementary and removed from ego. He adds that “your home should be a canvas for your personal style, you should create your own comfortable place to live in. My architecture just adds the connection.”

    Aqualuna is destined to be a new iconic address and recognisable architectural presence on the lower North Shore. It's soft curves and linear detailing immediately catch the eye and reference the harbour beyond. Takada says, “Nothing in nature is straight – it has gentle curves and an organic form,” and this informs his new architectural language, where the outdoor and the indoor combine. It's luxury living with a human touch, where the character of the neighbourhood enters your home.

    Takada's signature style is even more breathtaking on entry to Aqualuna. As well as the exterior architecture, Takada has designed the interiors himself – taking on the task with his keen eye for careful detailing and a deep understanding of how the local light and aspects play from every vantage point.

    The result is 63 luxury apartments, each with their own unique touch – coexisting as an urban sanctuary near the water. The Harbour Bridge can be seen from corner views with glimpses of water reflecting colour across the living room. Pure and natural tones - white, pale blue and grey - are sensitive to light and designed to highlight the ever-changing sky. Curved walls mimic the ripples of the harbour, making these homes an organic breath of fresh air.

    With registrations of interest in Aqualuna already coming in, residences in Takada's latest landmark are expected to sell quickly. This is an exclusive opportunity to come home to your very own piece of art, in a natural, urban wonderland.

  • ARTICLE 3

    Pure tranquillity in a landmark location

    North Shore neighbourhoods are consistently rated the most liveable in Sydney, and buyers and builders have taken notice. With its enviable location, leafy surrounds and water views, it's hardly a surprise to see more developments popping up on the lower North Shore(line).

    What's more, Sydney's vibrant restaurant and small bar scene is also shifting north – transforming quiet pockets into mini-city hubs with great drinking and dining experiences.

    And with a spectacular new architectural landmark attraction just released in Milson's Point, there has never been a better time to make the move.

    Renowned local architect Koichi Takada has fallen in love with the North Shore. According to him, things are calmer when you cross the bridge. He says, "The North Shore is a magnet for people who want something quieter than Circular Quay. I wanted to build somewhere there was more of a village-feel, not touristy. Milsons Point was perfect because it's a genuine local neighbourhood."

    The celebrated creator of One Central Park has just revealed his latest landmark, Aqualuna, in its brilliant Milson's Point location. Aqualuna is a residential wonderland, created to highlight the natural beauty of the suburb.

    The building is breathtaking on approach, with rippling curves designed to mirror the surrounding harbour, and unique details that play on the ever-changing light and colour, from early morning to evening.

    "I want to capture the pure serenity of this unique location. It's like living in a picture-perfect postcard, with the Harbour Bridge right before you, and there are glimpses and vistas everywhere you look." He describes coming home to Aqualuna as "a breath of fresh air – like coming home to a holiday. Somewhere to escape the bustle."

    It's rare to find such a sense of calm so close to the city, and perhaps this is the key to what makes the North Shore so liveable. When designing Aqualuna, Takada wanted to bring all the amazing aspects of the neighbourhood together to create what he calls his 'urban retreat'.

    All around, you can find excellent coffee, eclectic restaurants and great shopping and fresh food markets –nestled between beautiful heritage scenery dripping in history. On your doorstep there are prestigious schools, beautiful parklands and great transport options.

    Takada has built a monument to the neighbourhood, where he says 'there are so many activities around you, but you can come home to a tranquil, quiet and comfortable space'. It is visually breathtaking, conveniently located – and already home to a thriving community.

    Aqualuna is a benchmark of what's yet to come. Now that architects like Takada have made their mark on the horizon, many more people may realise all the North Shore has to offer and make their move.