Melding influences from Southern Spain and North Africa, Casba is a bold statement intended to forever intrigue and invoke discovery. Casba is a mixed-use development including retail and residential space on Danks Street, Waterloo. Like much of this area of Sydney, the site was occupied by a warehouse and showroom, which were demolished to make way for the award-winning new build by Billard Leece Partnership in collaboration with SJB architects. With frontages on both Danks and Phillip Streets, the Danks Street façade comprises a suite of stacked volumes, punctuated by soaring recesses and metal mesh screens. By contrast, the Phillip Street façade undulates along a sinuous curve which houses deep balconies fitted with weather resistant curtains, which enhance the textured brick exterior. Constructed around a courtyard planted with towering palm trees, Casba is an exotically evocative complex that provides an oasis of calm for residents and public alike.
The spacious interiors, designed by BKH are rich in texture, sensuous, the antithesis of the stark white box. Solid timber doors and the curved alcove entry halls create a sense of occasion upon arrival. Luxurious finishes abound layering textures of natural stone floors, imported ceramic tiles, rich timbers and bronzed metal. High ceilings, an open footprint and a continuous terrazzo floor onto the expansive private terraces allow for seamless indoor/outdoor living.
Each Casba apartment enjoys a leafy aspect. On the roof, a lush communal garden designed by Will Dangar and orchestrated by Black Beetle provides added green space. At courtyard and street level, vibrant retail, and food & beverage partners - Kepos & Co, Parterre, Rogerseller, Beccafico, Winnings and S09 - create a lively community ambiance. Handcrafted and specially imported rattan Moroccan furniture is generously scattered about, welcoming residents and public to rest while around the elegant reflecting pool.
Winner, Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) NSW Award for Residential Architecture, Multiple Housing, 2015
Winner, Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Award for Excellence, Medium-Density Development, 2015
Winner, Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) President's Award, Best Urban Development in NSW/ACT, 2015
World Architecture Festival, Award for Mixed Use - Completed Buildings