Rising to 43 stories, dominating the skyline of the Darlinghurst quarter of Sydney, the Horizon building is a natural jaw dropper. From below, the sweeping balconies and stark white edges set against a blue Sydney sky cannot fail to inspire a moment of shock and awe. No surprises then that this building of tower apartments and adjacent town houses is the iconic residential skyscraper of this oceanside city. Designed by architect Harry Seidler and built between 1990 and 1998, it is a building for which the word landmark was invented.
The view from the upper floors is inevitably inspiring. The Harbour, Opera House, City skyline and sweep of ocean in the distance create one of the great urban vistas on this planet. The low rise townhouses, on two or three levels, have a no less desirable outlook, their balconies overhanging the 20 metre swimming pool with the tennis court beyond. Kristophe Lionnet, never one to turn down an invitation, pops in on Giles Gatsby, Horizon resident and bon viveur.
Giles: "Well, Krisophe, you are a lot cuter than your id picture, haha".
Kristophe, laughing, "And you a typically flirtatious Aussie male, Giles!"
Giles: "True! Do join me on the lower terrace. A beer or a glass of wine?"
Kristophe: "Wine would be lovely. And, may I add, the view from your terrace is delightful, not least the bodies around the pool, haha?"
Giles: "Maybe we'll join them later? Anyway, here's the view across the pool to the tennis court. do you play?"
Kristope: "Yes, lots. And tennis, haha!"
Giles: "Mmm, typically flirtatious French boy, haha."
Kristophe: "Your interior is charmingly eclectic. What inspires your taste in art, may I ask?"
Giles: "Two main strands, I guess. Predictably, my travels, mainly in Asia, hence the various Buddha images and mystical pictures. Otherwise, it's just a matter of grabbing an image that I fall in love with, often striking abstract images, powerful colours that go beyond rational appeal to something more.....what's the word I'm looking for?"
Kristophe: "Mmm, opposite of cerebral, maybe visceral?. Oh, and I love the art deco cocktail cabinet."
Giles: "Smart boy. Visceral, yes, indeed! Not just a pretty face, haha!"
Kristophe, giggling, "How could you possibly think otherwise?"
Giles: "Of course, the apartment takes on a quite different character at night. Quite soothing, romantic, even. Might I offer you dinner?"
Kristophe, smilng warmly, "Giles, I thought you would never ask!"
Editor: And the above picture clearly proves that Krisophe did indeed enjoy an evening experience at the Horizon. Lucky boy!
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