Green Light for Stage 2 of The Orchards
29 April 2020
Sekisui House has received development approval for the company’s highly anticipated Stage 2 in its $1 billion The Orchards masterplanned community located in Sydney’s Norwest.
The Japanese inspired golf-side building – Aire (Stage 2), designed by multi award-winning architectural practice Rothelowman will be a landmark building, home to 57 exclusive nature inspired residences.
Paul Wainwright, Sales and Marketing Operations Manager for Sekisui House Australia said, “Aire will become the new benchmark for luxury living in The Hills. The splendid uninterrupted northern views across Castle Hill Country Club’s golf course, contemporary and sophisticated Japanese inspired design and private rooftop amenities are expected to draw astute purchasers.
“Early in 2020 we have witnessed increased market activity, particularly from the downsizer market living in the Hills Shire area, driven by softer lending conditions, low interest rates and strong property sale prices. Downsizers are expected to be drawn towards the northern wing which points towards the golf-course, while investors and first home buyers will like the sunny southern aspects.”
“The Orchards offers purchasers rare high-quality designer apartments that meld with the masterplanned community spread across 8.8 hectares. Underpinning all aspects of the design is the Japanese concept of ‘satoyama’. This term refers to connecting people through ‘ribbons of green’ and is demonstrated in a lush green spine throughout the estate to enrich the lives of residents,” Mr Wainwright added.
Principal architect Ben Pomroy at Rothelowman, comments, “Connection to nature is a cornerstone of the design. The building’s material palette is drawn from nature, its curved shape referencing raked river pebbles, and responding to the estate’s location and landscape. The Pebble, or Koishi building, plays an essential role in establishing the northern entry to the precinct.
“Architecture and interiors are integrated to bring a wholistic design approach. The swept concrete forms are finely detailed with texture and strike lines. Evoking the raked lines of a pebble garden, this pattern and detail is interspersed with crafted glass and metal elements where views are present.”
The Orchards masterplan, designed by Turner Architects is spread across seven future stages with heights ranging from six, seven, nine and 12 storeys. When completed, the community will comprise 1300 generous apartments.
Set on a nature site with a creek and cycle/walkways, The Orchards will feature recreational amenities including a 1.4-hectare public park, an outdoor cinema, onsite café, playgrounds, break-out green spaces, lagoon pool and large fitness centre.
The Orchards is located approximately 31 kilometres north-west of Sydney’s CBD and is nestled in The Hills Shire’s newest suburb, Norwest. It is strategically positioned 500 metres from Metro Norwest and 300 metres from Norwest Marketown as well as Norwest Business Park - currently housing over 30,000 employees with projected growth to more than 60,000 employees within next 10 years. Castle Hill Country Club neighbours the site and Bella Vista Public School opened this year which is within a short 400 metre walk.