Good de­sign, nat­u­ral light and gen­er­ous shared ar­eas are the fu­ture of high-rise liv­ing, writes Mercedes Maguire

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We’re not quite the city in the sky that New York or Tokyo is, but Syd­neysiders are mov­ing ng on up. That is, there are more peo­ple liv­ing in apart­ments in Syd­ney than ever be­fore.

And that fig­ure is set to keep on ris­ing.

In the decade to 2011, the num­ber of fam­i­lies liv­ing in houses fell from 68 per cent to 60 per cent and, at the same time, e, those choos­ing apart­ment liv­ing jumped to al­most 30 per cent.

Close to the CBD, the City of Syd­ney ex­pects around 80 per cent of its res­i­dents to be liv­ing in apart­ments by 2030.

With the grow­ing trend to­wards apart­ment liv­ing, the poli­cies around unit de­vel­op­ment de­sign, con­tained in SEPP65, were amended to im­prove the qual­ity of the blocks built in NSW.

Michael Rowe, as­so­ciate at ur­ban plan­ning com­pany JBA, says the amended pol­icy re­quires the con­sent­ing au­thor­ity to con­sider the de­sign qual­ity of the de­vel­op­ment against set prin­ci­ples, the ad­vice from its de­sign re­view panel, and its per­for­mance against the Apart­ment De­sign Guide.

“Some of the new de­sign cri­te­ria in­tro­duced in the Apart­ment De­sign Guide will im­prove the amenity for res­i­dents,” Michae Michael says. “They in­clude the requ re­quire­ment for all hab­it­able rooms to have ex­ter­nal windows — even s stud­ies — min­i­mum di­men­sions for bed­rooms, min­i­mum sun­light for com­mu­nal open space, and the max­i­mum num­ber of apart­ments ser­viced byb a lift.”

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