A poky Sydney apartment is opened up and revamped to meet its owners’ brief of a ‘timeless and elegant Park Avenue pied-à-terre’.
– a poky Sydney apartment becomes a pied-à-terre
When interior designer Melissa Koch’s parents bought an apartment in the upmarket Sydney suburb of Elizabeth Bay last year, they all knew it was going to be a serious renovation project. The location – on the water, with sea views in a quiet and peaceful spot – was a key attraction but it was cramped, lacked light and space and the configuration was all wrong. “It needed to be completely gutted,” Koch says.
They engaged the architectural firm Alexander & Co and principal architect Jeremy Bull set to work. Separate ‘zones’ were created for living, sleeping, dining and entertaining – all of which ended up making the apartment more comparable to a townhouse, says Koch.
“Although the floor plan was large, the scale was ineffective and there was a ‘sea’ of senseless space. Our intention was to give meaning to each space,” says Bull.
One of the property’s key advantages was the location, Bull says. “The views over a very beautiful part of Sydney are spectacular.” However, one of the biggest challenges architecturally was that the original layout of the rooms was poorly configured and had significant restrictions to the water views, he says. “We overcame these issues by removing the walls and rebuilt them to create an architectural flow that ensured all main living spaces had water views.”
Construction began in August and the owners were able to move in by December. Bull says the end result is a home where ‘everything’ works. “The new floor plan has allowed separate usable spaces that the owners can really enjoy. The apartment feels warm, intimate and luxurious. The water views are some of the best in Sydney.”
The dining room is separated from the living room but the use of a cased opening (where the trims and moldings are intact but there is no physical door) means the two spaces still feel connected. It also allows the dining room to take advantage of the...