Focus Apartments designed by Tony Owen completed in Parramatta with fuzzy facades
Tony Owen Partners have just completed the Focus Apartments in Parramatta, Sydney. The 15-storey tower by Merhis is Sydney’s largest fully steel framed apartment building and contains 120 units in 2 towers.
The steel structure also uses lightweight Hebel floors and walls and is the first of a number of projects being developed by this group. This prototype building explores different techniques to achieve a high quality design at a lower price point. The use of steel resulted in a lower cost and faster construction.
As an affordable building, the team sought to explore new ways of achieving a memorable façade within the budget. The unique façade explores the uses of new paint techniques to create a blurred effect. This blurring reflects the life and movement of the nearby freeway.
Each façade responds to a different aspect of this complex urban site. The effect is a unique and vibrant façade. The ground floor contains a continuous retail street frontage and will be activated by cafes and restaurants.
The majority of the units are 2-storey sky lofts. This unit type maximises double height outdoor space and promotes natural ventilation. The project sold out very quickly and proves that a high quality and stylish environment can be achieved in any location by pushing the boundaries and exploring unusual solutions.