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The geometry of the curving bays of the front facade gradually changes as the building rises, with the three-level penthouse stepped back to maximise the sun and views. “We took the geometry right down to the ground, with a protruding metal canopy over the entry,” says the architect. “The neighbouring buildings tend to have a decorative solid sandstone podium, so we created a similarly detailed podium.” The tessellated motif continues in the lobby, which features a long, sculpted sandstone wall that curves to form the ceiling. The same motif appears in mirrored timber screens in lift lobbies, and at the rear of the building, in a 10-storey green wall. “This glazed living wall, on the north side of the building, creates a pleasant green outlook for bedrooms at the rear,” says Owen. “It also lets in plenty of natural light and sun.” The building has two two-bedroom apartments on the lower levels and single four-bedroom apartments on the upper Facing page: Every apartment in the Eliza building opens out to a large balcony, where views are framed by the curve of the balustrading. Each of the tessellated metal and sandstone panels is individually shaped. Above: :The ripple of the balustrades brings a fluid look to the exterior as seen in this rendering. The penthouse occupies the top three floors, which are stepped back to maximise the sun and views. search | save | share at trendsideas.com 49