Church gains lease of lux­ury life

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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.

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