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30.09.15 Inspired by Morocco

Ground-breaking in concept and execution

"When Michael Grant, Director of Cornerstone Property Group came back from Morocco, he pretty much had the idea of Casba all sorted", reckons Adam Haddow, director of SJB architectural practice, the firm behind the recycled brick, stone and timber multi-residential project on Danks Street, Waterloo.

Ground-breaking in concept and execution, Casba just picked up the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Award for Best Medium Density Development in NSW, following its Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) award for Residential Architecture earlier this year.

One fa├žade is rigorously moderne, the other all undulating curves. Together they create a complexity that is rare in urban development. In the courtyard, an arcade of palm trees acknowledges Moroccan origins, while scattered handcrafted furniture imported direct from Marrakesh adds to the ambiance of a souk. Interiors orchestrated by BKH effectively blur the border between inside and out, imported slate floor tiles uniting terrace and living spaces, creating an incredible ease of ambiance. A lush rooftop garden provides spectacular city views for residents and their guests.