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Green light for stage two in $1 billion masterplanned community


Sekisui House has received development approval for stage two in its $1 billion The Orchards masterplanned community located in Sydney’s Norwest.

The Japanese inspired golf-side building, Aire, will be home to 57 nature-inspired residences.

According to Paul Wainwright, Sekisui House Australia’s sales and marketing operations manager, “Aire will become the new benchmark for luxury living in The Hills”.

“Positive purchasing momentum continues at The Orchards from buyers seeking high-quality housing solutions in a well-connected location. Downsizers living in the Hills Shire area are leading current apartment sales driven by softer lending conditions and low interest rates,” Wainwright says.

The Orchards offers purchasers high-quality designer apartments that “meld with the masterplanned community spread across 8.8 hectares,” Wainwright adds. 

S13_D3TheOrchards_INT_3Bed Living Dining_FINALUnderpinning the design is the Japanese concept of ‘satoyama’ which connects people through ‘ribbons of green’ – in this case a lush green spine throughout the estate.

“Connection to nature is a cornerstone of the design,” says principal architect Ben Pomroy at Rothelowman.

“The building’s material palette is drawn from nature, its curved shape referencing raked river pebbles, and responding to the estate’s location and landscape. The Pebble, or Koishi building, plays an essential role in establishing the northern entry to the precinct.”

The Orchards masterplan, designed by Turner Architects, is spread across seven future stages with heights ranging from six to 12 storeys. When complete, the community will comprise 1,300 generous apartments.Pool CGI FINAL (1)

The Orchards will feature recreational amenities including a 1.4-hectare public park, an outdoor cinema, onsite café, playgrounds, break-out green spaces, lagoon pool and large fitness centre.

The Orchards is located approximately 31 kilometres north-west of Sydney’s CBD and is nestled in The Hills Shire’s newest suburb, Norwest.

It is strategically positioned near Metro Norwest and the Norwest Business Park which currently houses more than 30,000 employees and is projected to grow to more than 60,000 employees within next 10 years.