Here’s a glimpse inside the $140 million apartments at One Sydney Harbour, the new luxury towers on Sydney’s waterfront

View of Sydney Harbour from one of the residences at One Sydney Harbour (Lendlease)
  • Located on the upper floors of the three towers of Barangaroo’s One Sydney Harbour towers, the luxury residences previously only available through private sales, have now been open to the public.
  • While 85% of the Residences One apartments have already sold, offers can now be made for the remaining spaces, with prices starting at $2 million.
  • Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano in collaboration with the interior design team who created the private apartments in the Shard, the tallest building in London, the residential spaces reflect an investment in international design rarely seen in Australian outside of the private property market.
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The penthouse at the top of Residences One was recently sold for over $140 million, an Australian property record.

Now, the remainder of the apartments have been opened for sale to the wider public, though viewings are still strictly on a per-request basis.

Here’s a glimpse inside.

The apartments

One bedroom apartments in the towers start at $2 million, two bedders at $3.5 million and three bedroom apartments at $5 million.

The second tower, reaching 235 metres and now on the market, houses 322 apartments across 68 storeys.

It’s designed to take in panoramic views that stretch from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Opera House, with the top floors offering views that extend west to Balmain and the Blue Mountains.

Architect Renzo Piano, whose firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop created the towers.

The design team

To create apartments that sought to go beyond what was already available in the Australian property market, Lendlease partnered with internationally-recognised architecture and design firms known for similar work.

Pritzker Prize winning architect Renzo Piano, known for designing high-concept, modernist icons like The Shard in London, modern art gallery Centre Pompidou in Paris, and The Whitney Museum of Modern Art in New York, was brought on to create the homes.

As with The Shard, the 72-storey London skyscraper, the challenge was designing homes that integrated with the commercial space below.

Interior Designer Daniel Goldberg’s firm State of Craft in 2012 collaborated on the project.

To do so, UK-based interior designer Daniel Goldberg whose studio State of Craft designed the interiors for the apartments in the Shard in London, was tapped to join the project.

Piano said he envisioned the three towers, soon to be one of the most prominent fixtures on the Sydney skyline, as forms suspended between sky and water; the harbour and the city lights.

“Every place has a story to tell,” Piano said of his vision for the build.

“In this case it’s about making something that tells the essence of this city. The sense of transparency, sense of light.”

“That’s why we immediately started to think about these buildings as being like crystals, playing one to the other,” he said.

To create spaces that captured a sense of calm, emulating the “moment the harbour meets the horizon,” the design team integrated marble across multiple rooms, with a dark grain in the kitchen, and whites and greys in the bathrooms.

“For us luxury is in the beauty of nature and displaying the grain in the timber, the veining of the marble or granite,” interior designer Daniel Goldberg said.

“I think a lot of it is about responding to the site, making it specific to the climate, the context, the architecture.”

Extending the concept of horizons are the many built-in architectural features that reveal and conceal; a stand-alone bathtub can be opened up to the bedroom and beyond to views of the harbour, and in many of the kitchens, sliding oak doors let private chefs work while entertaining.

Within many of the apartments, phone and voice-activated features allow it to seamlessly respond; for example digital keys can be shared securely with guests or cleaners.

Those who’ve bought the tower’s highest-priced apartments can take their experience further, and discuss adaptations with interior designer, Daniel Goldberg in person.

The extras

Beyond the apartments themselves, the One Sydney Harbour residences are seeking to give those who live there with an experience that allows their private homes to seamlessly integrate with public spaces.

There’s a wine room replete with dining room for hosting, a billiards room, yoga space and an ‘Orangery’– that’s the french word for an elaborate glass sunroom.

The complex also has a yoga and pilates studio within the building, and an indoor pool tiled with Greek green marble.