Sanctuary is a master planned community at Wentworth Point that offers residents the integration of architecture and nature, using natural materials inspired by the site’s location. Sanctuary is located at the end of Hill Rd (old Boral factory land near the Ferry terminal).
The first stage is currently under construction and will be completed early 2021. The vision is to create a community where a genuine respect for nature can be reignited and where a healthier relationship between people and architecture can be nurtured. This involves eliminating the barriers that prevent people from connecting with nature and in doing so create a living experience that enhances people’s lives for the better.
When Sekisui House purchased the site in 2016 there was an approval which accommodated 188,800m² of Gross Floor Area (GFA) – which equates to approximately 2,300 apartments. The original scheme had 5 towers at 25 storeys each and much of the land covered in buildings ranging in height from 6 to 8 storeys. The approved design was not considered efficient and only provided the community with three 2,000m² parks, or 6,000m² total.
Sekisui House saw this as an opportunity to add value to the community. They have introduced a 6th tower, increased the heights to a maximum of 40 storeys and by doing this, Sekisui House was able to nearly double the open space to 32,295m2. This is the equivalent of over 6 football fields worth of public open space and has been achieved without increasing the number of apartments.
This has gone to council and will be on public display for comment in due course.