Wrecking ball to swing on Cabana Apartments in Kirribilli (or will it?)

Built in 1947, the Cabana Apartments were (possibly mistakenly) designated as a heritage item of regional significance under the North Sydney Local Environment Plan. Described as a relatively rare design of an Inter-War Functionalist style building, the white stucco and moderne P&O theme was denounced as having ‘no distinctive features’ and downgraded last year when the owner argued that the building was not significant. [Note: although not technically an inter-war building, this style of architecture continued in Sydney until the late 1940s due to a shortage of materials.]

The 8 flats were gradually bought up by Sandoval Investments, who had paid approximately $450,000 per apartment in 2001 and 2002. The last apartment sold in 2006 for $1.1 million. Sandoval submitted a development application in 2006 to demolish the building and replace it with a luxury low-rise apartment building, but the application was refused on the grounds that the current building was of historical significance, and that the proposed design was not sympathetic to the area. Read the rest of this entry »