RISE AND SHINE IN APARTMENT LIVING
Good design, natural light and generous shared areas are the future of high-rise living, writes Mercedes Maguire
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.”