Furious Aussies have slammed plans to demolish an iconic Art Deco building to make way for a four-storey apartment block as an ‘act of vandalism’.
Locals from Sydney’s upmarket eastern suburbs are now fighting to save the 1930s Art Deco home at 68 Beach Road, Coogee, from being lost forever.
A development application for the knockdown rebuild was submitted to the Randwick City Council on November 9 and remains under assessment.
It plans to ‘demolish all existing structures on the site, and construct of a four storey residential flat building comprising six apartments with a basement carpark’.
Sydney-based construction company Orosi is behind the plans, having already completed similar projects in nearby suburbs of Rose Bay and Bellevue Hill.
A side-by-side comparison of the current Art Deco building and the proposed contemporary apartment block quickly caught the attention of furious locals.
Coogee locals from Sydney’s upmarket eastern suburbs are now fighting to save the 1930s Art Deco home at 68 Beach Road from being destroyed forever
A render of the proposed apartment building that will replace the 1930s Art Deco home
‘Demolishing a beautiful old building for something that has no charm or character,’ one said.
‘Should be heritage listed. Disgraceful act of vandalism,’ a second added.
‘Not sure how the other houses in the street are feeling about this, but surely this marks the end of Beach Street. And, luxury expensive apartments aren’t going to be solving any housing crisis!’ a third declared.
‘I’ve been inside this. The stairwell is just magnificent. It’s such a majestic building. More character of Coogee gone,’ another said.
The building dates back to the 1930s and was originally constructed as a single house before it was converted into a duplex.
The double-storey building features a façade of polychromatic brickwork and a grand entry hall embellished with Art Deco style motifs.
The six-bedroom home was last sold for $4.5million on November 6, 2017.
The property boasts sweeping ocean views with Coogee Beach and surrounding shops, cafes and restaurants just 400m away.
The six-bedroom home was last sold for $4.5million on November 6, 2017
The property boasts sweeping ocean views with Coogee Beach just 400m away
‘Set high and proud overlooking Gordons Bay, this substantial five/six bedroom home is a design lover’s dream with its eclectic fusion of Art Deco glamour and laidback beach-inspired luxury,’ a description reads on realestate.com.
‘Perfect for the growing family, elegant curved lines take centre stage allowing the traditional architecture of the building to be complemented by fresh coastal-inspired interiors and a breezy indoor/outdoor flow with sunny terraced gardens.
‘Featuring level rear access via Beach Lane to triple covered parking, this unique residence is positioned literally metres to the beach.’
The proposed application to demolish the building has been referred to the council’s heritage planner, landscape officer, engineering and design review panel.
‘The elegant development will replace the existing aged two storey dwelling houses with six contemporary residential units, consistent with the site’s R3 Medium Density Residential zoning,’ the plans states.
‘Importantly, the proposal includes three affordable housing units, complementing the surrounding built form and increasing available and affordable housing in the area.
‘The design integrates well with the existing and evolving streetscape and presents as a transition between the different building density and architectural styles along Beach Street.’
A preliminary review of the application is yet to be completed.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Orosi for comment.