The brief was to transform an outdated, inner-city apartment into one that celebrated the building’s early 20th century heritage and combined it seamlessly with contemporary ideas of living.
Catering to young, working professionals, the modest 51sqm apartment needed to radiate a feeling of space and light, despite its deep interior and small footprint.
The renovation involved gutting the apartment’s interior, leaving an old timber joist ceiling, brick walls and a concrete floor framing a beautiful four-metre high void – all qualities hard to find in today’s new apartment developments.
To create a feeling of openness, Kerry did without distinct rooms or doors and instead used materials, form and changes in level to help define the apartment’s spaces.
Upon entering, the bedroom and bathroom are open to one another, with a change in level and materiality in the bathroom defining the space. A full-height mirror with a floating vanity unit is not only a focal point, but also provides privacy to the shower and toilet recesses behind.
The kitchen features a minimalist aesthetic – reflective, black-gloss cabinetry weaves its way around the room to frame the stainless steel workspaces and create a subtle divide between the kitchen and the living room. The concealment of appliances reduces clutter, while the use of reflective finishes helps bounce light around the interior.
Double glass doors further open up the apartment and lead out to a Juliet-style balcony, which looks over the back of King Street and creates another pocket of space.