Calibre is an eight-storey residential development featuring 18 luxuriously-appointed apartments. A retail space, entrance foyer and car parking can be found on the ground floor, whereas a timber-decked rooftop garden serves as the building's communal and BBQ area. An additional basement level addresses the building's storage and waste management needs as well as spaces building services equipment. The three-bedroom penthouse features an additional touch of luxury, with access to a private rooftop plunge pool, garden and BBQ area.
Koichi Takada Architects’ design concept of an “undulating glass and screened façade that sits like a soaring bamboo forest in the streetscape” is a manifestation of its vision of a “Japanese aesthetic that blurs the lines between inside and out”. This was a response to the site’s small footprint and height restrictions. To achieve this, the design had to be extensively fire-engineered. A central feature of the design is the screened circulation stair that spirals its way up the front façade of the building. This single, unenclosed staircase also serves as the building’s fire egress stairs.
The complex design and the site's very small footprint required significant value engineering and buildability input, but the quality of the finished product is testament to what can be achieved through a collaborative approach. This is reflected in the building's many striking features - exquisite architectural detailing, brass finishes and fitments, faux-timber elements and expressed precast concrete cladding.
This project was a finalist in the Medium-Density Development category (up to eight storeys) of UDIA's 2020 NSW Awards for Excellence.
Koichi Takada Architects