Equipped for entertaining, this dynamic penthouse in the heart of Surry Hills is inspired by commercial hospitality interiors.
Architect: Stukel Architecture Location: Surry Hills, NSW, Australia Year: 2017 Area: 135 sq.m. Photography: Tom Ferguson
From the architect: The clients, a couple from France and New York, worked with us to make bold and unexpected choices for their Sydney chapter. New York basement bar meets Surry Hills warehouse in this upbeat project!
The brief - The clients were interested in transforming a rather mediocre apartment into an incredible place of cooking and entertaining, taking advantage of its roof-top position and city views. The functionality was to be designed into their current apartment rather than seek the suitable existing dwelling.
The key challanges - The existing 2 bedroom apartment had a poorly planned layout and lacked generosity of movement and proportion. One incredible asset was a very large roof terrace offering views out across the southern Sydney CBD skyline.
The Solution - The new floor plan has been designed to connect all new fixtures to the existing services of waste, water and power. The positioning of the wet areas and kitchen avoided the disruptive and expensive process of core holing through the concrete slab into the ceiling space of the neighbour below.
All internal walls were non-load bearing with a concrete frame at the building perimeter. This allowed the majority of the interior to be stripped out and re-planned however major existing essential service risers were unmovable. These have been used as fulcrums or pivot points from which the new joinery attaches, creating the dynamic pantry, bar and entry sequence that shape and direct the use of the space.