Church gains lease of luxury life
FROM the towering brick gable to the ornate stain glass windows, the church on Denison St looks the same on the outside as when it was built more than a century ago.
Inside is a different story. The former church in Bondi Junction is now home to two stylish three-bedroom apartments.
The conversion was made by BKA Architecture, who created the luxury interiors while keeping to Waverley Council’s request to maintain the church’s heritage facade.
While still rare, principal architect John Baker says church-converted homes are becoming more popular in Sydney with people looking to capitalise on their vast interior space.
“We are in the very preliminary stages of looking at another church where we are doing the same thing,” he says.
For this project the large space was turned into three levels for each apartment.
Glass-walled bedrooms on the ground floor look out into the 12m heated lap pool.
“The trick was trying to open it up to get enough light and ventilation into it,” Baker says.
This was achieved with the addition of skylights and by removing part of the roof on the north side (the only side of the building that did not face the street) to let the sun pour into the two internal courtyards.
“It meant that even in winter there was sun in the living room,” Baker says.
This is a big factor to consider for anyone looking to turn an old church into a new home, Baker says.
“You’ve got to have that flexibility to get the sun in there to make it feel like a normal house,” he says.
A look inside the apartments on Denison St, Bondi Junction, converted from a heritage church by BKA Architecture.