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01.10.15 Surry Hills Warehouse Precinct

Surry Hills is a former light industrial zone, where landmark red brick warehouses popped up at the turn of last century, close to the inland transport hub of Central station.

Today, Sydney's 2010 postcode resonates to the same vibe that runs through New York's SoHo or London's Docklands. Rich, robust construction of a bygone time that, with proper nurturing and care lends itself impeccably to a new urban lifestyle for the now.

A first wave of gentrification saw rag traders and sweat shops flee the Surry Hills precinct in the early 2000s. A new wave of refurbishment in recent years has had prime sites cherry-picked to become world class warehouse residences.

Built in high Federation style, No 1 Lacey is a five story labyrinth of elegantly arched windows, polished timber floors and exposed brick work and beams. Architects BKH have majestically fleshed out these very excellent bones, adding a layer of urban glamour via expansive open-plan kitchens, toile de Jouy bedroom feature walls and bathrooms tiled in glistening white Paris Metro carrelage. A full-height internal atrium attests to Cornerstone's belief in the importance of communal green spaces.