Charlie Parker

A contemporary design reminiscent of early 20th century modern architecture

Charlie Parker represents a fusion of scales, geometries, community and culture. Back in the 1920s, the art deco era saw a similar type of
fusion take place – combining modernism with fine craftsmanship and rich materials. Charlie Parker’s tower is bold and distinctive yet
softened by curves – creating a contemporary, streamlined design reminiscent of early 20th century modern architecture.
It is a truly modern building that draws on the environmental and cultural strengths of the site. Extensive glass has been used to create a sense of light and space, while brickwork wraps around to form a ‘cradle’ which supports the tower. On the building’s south side, the relaxed formal architecture creates a relationship to the neighbouring buildings, and the entrance is elevated off the street to invite visitors inside.

The vision for the Harris Park site is to create an outstanding residential building that forms a clear and identifiable gateway icon for the Parramatta CBD. It provides a sense of “entry” and “arrival” while performing an equally important role in connecting the tower to the finer grain of the surrounding suburban fabric with a carefully articulated podium and break-up of the ground plane.

A warm palette and composition of fine grain materials comprising the tower form are characterised by facebrick work, creating a durable, low maintenance and memorable identity and image for the development.