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The Story behind the Project - The Surry


23 March 2017

Sydney’s Surry Hills has long been the precinct for the Arts and patrons of the fine art establishments. 

Located on the fringe of Sydney’s CBD, the area first saw the gentrification of the neighbourhood in the 1980’s with many of the Victorian terrace houses and warehouses being restored, attracting a new demographic. Many popular and unique restaurants soon flooded the streets propping the significant number of bars and restaurants, ranging from the Victorian period to Federation and Art Deco. This eclectic mix of old and new, still adds to the appeal of living in Surry Hills.

Familiar with the raw beauty and charm of the area are The Done Group. Camilla Done and Oscar Done, Australian artist Ken and Judy Done’s children, now run Cadmium Property, a residential and commercial property development company that is part of the family-owned business.

Cadmium’s next project is The Surry, a boutique development designed by Angelo Candalepas & Associates architects with interiors done by Lawless & Meyerson. The architecturally designed building will have 24 apartments plus ground-floor retail space.

Joanne Lawless from Lawless & Meyerson says that The Surry is all about celebrating the grit and glam of the urban environment. Lawless also believes The Surry will reinvent the idea of suburban living by making apartments more urbanised and elegant.

“All of the multi-residential projects we’ve been involved in so far celebrate the harbour views and aim to bring the outside in. However, The Surry is on Elizabeth Street and we don’t want unimpeded views of the street. Instead, we took our IQ from the architecture, which includes balconies behind big fixed blades that act as a filter between the apartments and the lively streets below,” Lawless says.

“We wanted each apartment to feel private, like a place of refuge and provide a seamless transition from those private balconies into a peaceful sanctuary.”

Lawless says the design brief for The Surry was to create apartments that present like an “oasis of calm”, and the 444 Elizabeth Street location – next to a laneway and streets lined with bars, cafes, boutiques and galleries – gave her the freedom to be a bit edgy with the designs. This bespoke design detailing will be one of The Surry’s major attributes.

As well as the open kitchens with quality cabinetry and Miele appliances, the apartments feature brushed-nickel fixtures and fittings in the bathrooms, and an inter-play of materials and natural light.

Close to art galleries, design studios, artists’ spaces, actors’ studios, Belvoir St Theatre and the Golden Age Cinema, The Surry is a refined residences for buyers who want to live in Sydney’s creative heartland.

 “The gorgeous apartments at The Surry will make an ideal home for an astute buyer who can appreciate the proximity to the City, trendy restaurants and theatres while also making for a smart investment as the capital growth potential in properties around the city fringes is exponential,” says Caroline Fagerlund, Director of CBRE Residential Projects in Sydney.

The Grand Opening is this weekend, 25th of March from 9am. Or you can visit the display at 418A Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills between the hours of 1 - 7pm, Monday - Friday and 11am - 4pm on the weekend post-Grand Opening.