December 10, 2014
Location: Point Piper NSW
In a three-storey 1930s building of just four apartments, this top floor residence was completely re-engineered to revive its original grandeur, contemporise the layout and capitalise on 180-degree views over Sydney Harbour. Within the fabric of the generously scaled apartment, the key design strategy was to open up the living areas, creating an enfilade of spaces flowing out to the sunroom, where a new 12-metre window frames a panoramic sweep of city and harbour views. Opening the space gives restored gracious features – architraves, ornate plaster ceilings and cathedral windows – room to be appreciated, while the new installations (kitchen and bathrooms, joinery) in muted colours form a quiet backdrop to collectible furnishings and art. Floors are stone or oak, the kitchen’s joinery is a warm grey satin polyurethane finish, and the master ensuite is encased in Corian and rift-cut oak panelled walls. This is a finely crafted and detailed interior, understated and timeless, reflecting a philosophy of elegant sufficiency over excess.