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Owen says digital technology made it cost effective to create different plans and specifications for each of the 17 levels. “We now have the tools to create complex geometric forms that are as affordable as traditional designs. The technology is there to push the limits. “For this project we used Meyer software and Rhino scripting to determine the design, with the Frank Gehry Digital studio assisting in the fabrication geometry. The computer drawings were sent straight to the builder who used routing robots to laser cut the hundreds of tessellated, individually shaped metal and sandstone panels.” Owen says the technology enabled the design 76 SEARCH | SAVE | SHARE AT team to create a highly sculptural, fluid facade, with a design he calls “liquid architecture.” It is a bold, curvaceous contrast to the egg-crate box style of architecture that has typified Sydney’s apartment buildings in recent years. 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.” Below:The ripple of the balustrades brings a fluid look to the exterior. The penthouse occupies the top three floors, which are stepped back to maximise the sun and views. Right:Every apartment opens out to a large balcony, where views are framed by the curve of the balustrading.