When the Sub Base Platypus precinct was officially launched by Sydney’s Harbour Trust in May of last year, it marked the first time the site had been opened to the public in 150 years. The storied parcel of prime real-estate was reimagined by ASPECT Studios and Lahznimmo Architects to celebrate its history as a former torpedo factory, submarine base and gasworks, as well as its harbour-side location – a feat which earned the project the Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design in 2021. Ten months on, the precinct is now one of North Sydney’s most exciting recreation, retail and work hubs, where a scenic waterfront promenade and spectacular views across the iconic harbour lure in locals and visitors alike.
Joining the lineup of attractions this month is purpose-led lifestyle label Koskela, which will on Saturday launch a new concept store and home-base at Sub Base Platypus, starring refreshed branding by Frost*collective. Leaving behind the much-loved headquarters in Rosebery, Koskela co-founder Sasha Titchkosky says the new space, located on Cammeraygal land, will continue to showcase the best in Australian design and exhibitions by leading First Nations artists, while also adapting to a new-look retail landscape forged by the pandemic.
Koskela store opens in North Sydney’s Sub Base Platypus
“The role of the store has changed since Covid and we think our new location reflects the type of experience customers are looking for,” Sasha explains. “We focussed on finding somewhere that captured the essence of Sydney and naturally the harbour was always front and centre.’’ Set over two light-filled levels, the 500-square-metre space is backdropped by solid Australian timbers and Sydney sandstone – both key features of the site and the area more broadly – while the curation of goods on offer appeals to shoppers in search of both beauty and longevity.
“We want to connect and make memories with our visitors, bringing true connection and meaning to the pieces that they own,” Sasha says of Koskela’s thoughtful range, adding that she hopes the purchases made from the store continue to become “treasured and maintained” heirlooms, acquired in an environment that is equal parts dazzling and laidback. “We are thrilled to have found a new home in this remarkable location – steeped in history and boasting beautiful waterside views,” Sasha says contentedly. “Even the motto for [the old] HMAS Platypus – ‘Nothing Too Difficult’ – seems apt for our new home.”
Located at Sub Base Platypus, 1008/120 High Street, North Sydney, the new Koskela store will open its doors from Saturday 19 March, trading 9am to 6pm. Bookings for in-store consultations available.
The role of the store has changed since Covid and we think our new location reflects the type of experience customers are looking for.