Our Sydney correspondent, Elana Castle, has found quite an amazing Sydney development to share with us today:

This property rates as one of the most imaginative and audacious pieces of design I’ve seen to date. It’s the brainchild of Merivale CEO Justin Hemmes who describes the Ivy as “his pad in the middle of the city”. Ivy_Bar

Housed in a completely overhauled multi level city building, the lifestyle venue is kitted out with a constellation of individually and uniquely designed restaurants, indoor and outdoor bars, bistros and lounges, including the New York style Mad Cow bistro, with its great mix of Miami-style yellows and leafy foliage (see below).


Other bars and hangouts include the Ash St Cellar, which is an intimate wine bar and cellar, the Suzie Choo sushi bar, and Teppanyaki – the edgy Japanese-style restaurant (all below):




They’ve also managed to fit in two super-glam penthouse suites, a grand ballroom and an outdoor cinema . The crowning achievement is the members-only area – a rooftop swimming pool and deck area, complete with loungers and beach style cabanas, with the Ucello restaurant overlooking the pool.

Ivy’s interiors are bold, fresh and often surprising. It’s also unashamedly escapist – when you’re in the thick of the party it’s hard to believe that you are right in the heart of the city.

Photographs:  Murray Fredericks