May 7th 2013 – For the past few decades the weathering Swiss-Grand Hotel on Bondi Beach’s famed four mile stretch has been quite an architectural eye sore. That is, until developer Eduard Litver of Capit.el Group reinvented the structure into high profile Pacific Bondi Beach, offering 95 premium-end apartments, including 19 stunning two-level ‘lighthouse’ penthouses, 69 boutique hotel apartments, as well as a fashion and dining precinct combining restaurants, cafes and wine bars.
Occupying almost an entire block, Pacific Bondi Beach has design brief focused on creating a lifestyle destination that complements its natural environment. Capit.ed Group called upon celebrated interior designers and architects such as Koichi Takada, Architect Andrew Andersons of PTW, and Jonathan Richards of SJB to create the dramatic transformation.
The designers have each created a distinctive scheme that interprets and responds to the natural and cultural context of Bondi Beach. Working with the overarching concept of ‘Natural Luxury’, Jonathan Richards plays with texture, color and pattern, utilizing materials inspired by the natural environment of Bondi: bronze bench tops, Moroccan tiles and tactile, pebble-like carpets. The ‘Easy Elegance’ of George Freedman’s designs offer “cool, relaxed spaces where the sea and the air take precedence”, with an emphasis on polished luxury and elegant sanctuary.
Koichi Takada’s interiors, developed around the theme of ‘Elements’, make use of a neutral color palette and natural materials like wood and stone to create warmth and timelessness. Takada says of his designs, “I strive to find the perfection of what nature can offer in Bondi Beach, such as the ambiance of light, the constantly changing color, the texture of the beachfront environment and somehow bring it back as inspiration into the interior space.”
At the pinnacle of the development, the ‘lighthouse’ penthouses feature undulating rooftops that replicate the waves of the ocean and semi-automated and gull-wing doors and skylights, which bring the northerly sun into the apartments. In some cases, the outdoor space is as expansive as the indoor space, with lawns, winter gardens, outdoor showers, alfresco dining, fireplaces and pizza ovens integrated seamlessly with the interior living zones.
As well as the natural perfection that so captivates Takada, Litver notes, “there’s a real artisan movement that has been emerging for quite some time at Bondi, which is also very, very special.”
Given the scope of the project, it is not surprising to hear that a team of world-class designers and architects have been convened to turn it into a reality. In the first release of apartments last September all but two of the 75 apartments sold within the first two hours!
Photography By Sharrin Rees