‘Stella’ Views Emerge

AS THE scaffolding comes down from the Stella apartments in Wickham, developer Thirdi Group is turning its attention to the final piece of its West End precinct puzzle. The Stella on Hannell complex, which the Newcastle Herald toured on Tuesday, is the company’s third development in the suburb. It is two months off completion. Construction started in early 2018 and despite the impact of COVID-19, has pressed ahead with little delay. More than 1000 people have worked on the project. The development’s presence in the skyline and external look is slowly being revealed as scaffolding is taken from the upper levels, as are sweeping harbour and city views. Stella on Hannell features two 14-storey towers with a mix of one, two and three-bedroom units. Only 16 of the 149 apartments remain unsold and are expected to be snapped up over coming weeks. Thirdi director Luke Berry said more Novocastrians had bought into Stella than the group’s past projects.

“More local downsizes and local investors are buying into our developments than when we first started,” he said. “When we first came to town, it was predominantly out-of-town investors under- pinning the sales. “This time round we’re more established, we’ve got a track record and reputation, and there is an appetite for apartment living that wasn’t here seven or eight years ago. At the moment it’s probably 60:40, owner-occupiers to investors, where it was the other way around before.” The two and three-bedroom apartments left vary from between $660,000 to more than $1.2 million. Architect Luke Mahaffey said constructing two towers rather than one allowed more sight lines of the harbour from nearby buildings to be maintained. “Breaking it into two towers provides not only benefits and a level of amenity for residents here, but it also helps with the character of the area and you’ve still got views from … surrounding developments,” he said.

Thirdi Group has previously built the West and Eaton on Union apartments, which along with Stella form part of the company’s four-development West End precinct. The ‘T’ of W.E.S.T will be a development on the former Dairy Farmers Corner site in nearby Newcastle West. Mr Berry said those plans were being drafted and a development application would be lodged in June. The yet-to-be-named development would “bookend” the area, he said, given the site is at the western end of a stretch of properties where buildings can rise 90 metres.


Exclusive living at Sydney Harbour

The Kurraba Residences located on the harbour in Sydney, are impressive residences that offer a unique and luxurious living environment. The interiors of the penthouses and residences were designed by Mathieson Architects and exude luxury, elegance, modernity and openness.

We have already written blogs and articles about the impressive projects of Mathieson Architects. In our summer edition of 2020 you could read more about the spectacular Costa Brava villa. Today we take you through the penthouse and flats of the Kurraba Residences in which Mathieson’s typical and most important characteristics such as openness, modernity, proportion and light are central.

With the right use of light, proportions, materials and handcrafted details, a sense of understated luxury is created

Kurraba Residences is a collection of luxury boutique residences on Sydney Harbour at Kurraba Point developed by Thirdi Group. Consisting of residences and penthouses, these homes offer a unique and majestic living environment. Mathieson Architects provided the interior design, which was visualised by LAAN Studios. Luke Berry of property developer Thirdi Group commissioned Mathieson to design, among other things, a penthouse of international allure and to take advantage of the spectacular views of the city and port. The penthouse is about 430 m2 in size and runs over two levels.

With the right use of light, proportions, materials and handcrafted details, a sense of understated luxury is created – in both the penthouse and the other residences. The unique experience begins when you enter the private lobby with lift. At this entrance level, there is a formal living and dining room, kitchen and butler’s pantry. The private area includes a sitting room with fireplace, library and wine cellar. The private living quarters are generous to say the least, with a 250 m2 private garden terrace and pool with spectacular views. This level is connected to the private bedroom level by a large stone staircase and lift. Here you will find four bedrooms, each with its own dressing room and ensuite bathroom. The master bedroom is one of the most impressive and beautiful rooms in the penthouse. It is located in a vaulted glass room. The adjoining dressing room has glass cabinets and the ensuite marble bathroom has a sculptural bathtub.

The homes were given a contemporary look with lots of light and open spaces that flow into one another. A feeling of space, cosiness and exclusivity is central and is enhanced by a modern and luxurious interior design with quality materials and both sober and interesting colour combinations. ‘These homes are designed as the ultimate entertainers; a place that brings people together with seamless transitions to alfresco terraces overlooking the shimmering water. They represent everything that is best about exclusive living at Kurraba Point,’ we hear. Kurraba Residences is a true architectural and exclusive masterpiece.


10 developers to watch in NSW in 2021

8. Thirdi Group

Well-known for delivering large-scale residential projects in Sydney and Newcastle, Thirdi Group has become one of Australia’s leading property development firms.

With a development pipeline exceeding $500 million, Thirdi has established its place on this list as a recognised industry leader.

The group’s experience in delivering beautiful homes and investment properties are key reasons for their ongoing success.

Among these projects is the harbourfront development, Kurraba Residences, which launched last November.

 10 developers to watch in NSW in 2021

The $170 million development, designed by SJB Architects and Mathieson Architects paid homage to the classic 1920s apartment buildings on the Kurraba Point headland, with views of Sydney Opera House and the Botanical Gardens.

In another collaboration with SJB, Thirdi will complete construction on their Mount StreetResidences development in Pyrmont next month. Following the success of their Paragon at Pyrmont project, Mount St will offer five timeless inner-city four-bedroom homes with floor-to-ceiling glazing, a two-car garage and a sophisticated design.









It’s pretty simple — this is a new architectural icon of Sydney Harbour. And the literal crowning glory here — and a standout 2020 PFI Award Winner — is the Kurraba Residences’ penthouse (see left). Wrapped by alluring brick curves and ‘impossible’ views that spill across and along the harbour – taking in CBD, Opera House, Harbour Bridge, more – this is a case where the marketing speak isn’t over zealous in its selling, because this is a once in a generation build.
Developed by Thirdi Group, the 430sqm, two-storey penthouse is serviced by private lift, bespoke, luxury appointed finishes throughout and inclusive of 4-bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, steam room, wine cellar, private gym, six-car garage and an infinity pool that is the new watery envy of every Sydneysider.