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Space age Futuristic digital technology created the fluid, rippling form of this new apartment building in the heart of the Sydney CBD Technology is not only changing the way we live, it’s also changing the way our homes are designed. The Eliza Apartments building in downtown Sydney is one of the first of a new breed – a high-rise built to a parametric design model that enables every floor to have different dimensions. Designed by architect Tony Owen and developed by Ceerose, the 17-storey building in Elizabeth Street was created from hundreds of tessellated, individually shaped sandstone and metal panels. The result is a fluid, sculptural form that pays homage to the surrounding heritage architecture while still providing a highly contemporary design expression. “It is a bold, curvaceous contrast to the egg-crate box style of architecture that has typified Sydney’s apartment buildings in recent years,” Owen says. “Yet it respects the historic buildings by borrowing their materials and some of their form – the balconies are a nod to the traditional bay windows common to heritage buildings in Elizabeth and Macquarie Streets.” Preceding pages and facing page: Eliza Apartments in the Sydney CBD was designed by Tony Owen Partners Architects using pa Ʌ