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Elizabeth Bay Apartment

Black palette highlighted with dark timber tones in study Black palette highlighted with dark timber tones in study Neil Duncan Photography

Connor + Solomon Architects

NSW & ACT Entries 2010

A family’s need for space was the genesis for an internal alteration that integrated three apartments into one with rooms specifically programmed to catering for the differing needs of each family member.

Having previously renovated the penthouse of an Elizabeth Bay apartment block the client’s purchased the two apartments on the lower floor with the intention of creating their family home. Containing the kitchen, living space, master and children’s bedroom the existing apartment met the essentials of the family’s life together but left no scope for privacy within the home.

The brief therefore called for a study, formal lounge, playroom and nanny’s room to be accommodated on the lower floor as well as creating a link to the existing apartment by incorporating what was the common stair into the home. Within the stair, a Blackbutt timer handrail was set into a plasterboard recess and illuminated by LED lights that gave a striking highlight to the neutral palette of white walls and limestone paving.

A common palette of quarter cut timber veneer was used throughout the joinery to create a visual continuity between each room and cohesion with the existing penthouse apartment above. Florence Broadhurst fabrics incorporated within the joinery was utilised to give each room a distinctive mood, tailored to the tastes of the individual inhabitant. The fabric was stretched over a sub-frame much like a canvas and set flush into recesses cut into the joinery panels or mounted onto the exterior of the timber veneer to create a series of shadow lines.

The palette of dark timber tones was continued in the selection of furniture such as in the study where a pair of Eames "Classic Lounge and Ottoman" were selected in walnut and black leather.
Entered into:
  • Interior Fitout – Residential, 2010
  • Best Use Of Wood Veneers, 2010
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