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.
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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.