The woolshed workers around Sydney's Pyrmont and Ultimo in the 1880s probably wouldn't recognise the area today. Over the past 15 years, fast-tracked urban renewal has seen apartment blocks springing up along the harbour as industry moved away from the inner city. Located in the heart of Ultimo, Australand's Bullecourt is one development designed to recall its setting's rich past, finding a distinctly inner-city balance between the modern and the historic.
Designed by multi-award-winning architects Allen Jack + Cottier, the collection of 217 apartments is bounded by Pyrmont, Quarry and Harris streets and takes its name from Bullecourt Lane, which ran through the district many years ago. Maintaining a connection to the history of the area was a major focus of the designers and, as a result, a sense of industrial urbanity defines the building form. A highlight is the detailed restoration of the heritage-listed Bristol Arms Hotel, which has been integrated into the development as commercial office space
"The overall scale of the building reflects the mass of wool stores which lined the western rim of the city in years past," explains Reg Smith, director at Allen Jack + Cottier. "The architecture is finely grained and engaging, with varied fa9ades rich in detail and using a mixture of contemporary and traditional materials and colours, including rendered and painted finishes, weathered copper highlights, coloured blades and adjustable sliding and pivoting louvres."
Two nine-storey residential towers, named 'Pyrmont' and 'Bristol', are contained within the development and feature a broad mix of apartment styles including one-bedroom lofts, two-bedroom double-storey apartments, three-bedroom apartments with garden courtyards and both one- and three-bedroom home office configurations.
A landscaped pedestrian plaza, Bullecourt Walk, runs between the two buildings and contains mature plants, seating and a sandstone art installation designed to reflect the geological history of the site. Bullecourt has three separate street addresses and five different entry points offering access from both the street and Bullecourt Walk.
Internally, the apartments offer open-plan living areas extending to balconies or courtyards. Kitchens feature stone surfaces and stainless-steel appliances.
"The residential foyers are double-storey voids extending across each building. The foyer in 'Pyrmont' opens up view lines right through the building from Bullecourt Walk to the city," says Smith.
A range of ecologically sustainable principles has also been integrated into the design, with the apartments' general east-west orientation maximising both natural light and cross-flow ventilation.
Located adjacent to the Exhibition Centre Light Rail and within walking distance to the monorail and buses, providing easy access to Darling Harbour, the CBD, Sydney Fish Markets, Chinatown and Central, Bullecourt is designed to capitalise on the convenience of its surrounds. A pedestrian plaza will connect Bullecourt to the Harry Seidler-designed Aquatic Centre to be built adjoining the southern edge of the site.
"The combination of Bullecourt's superior location, the spacious and open apartments and the quality of finishes on offer has proven to be an attractive opportunity for buyers," says Anthony Trueman-Farrell, Australand's sales and marketing manager, apartments NSW. "The stunning city and district views from most of the apartments are a central feature and have been maximised in the design of the apartments and the generous balconies also offer additional living space."
Despite its scale, this contemporary building form complements the historical aspects of the area, providing easy city access, exceptional amenities, outstanding recreation and stylish interiors enhanced by stunning city views. Each luxury apartment at Bullecourt is carefully designed for a lifestyle of convenience and comfort.