Harbour residence, Sydney
Old intriguingly meets new in this renovation of twin 1880s terraces, fused into one five-bedroom home overlooking Sydney Harbour. The owners asked Waller to soften the modern design language, masterminded by architects SJB, to evoke a European loft style, combining traditional and light-industrial influences. It also had to deftly incorporate their diverse antiques. Bespoke steel exterior doors in a harbour-bridge finish mirror and frame the views – they are also used internally in the foyer, wine room and the master-suite pivot door. A bespoke steel balustrade again references the European loft design. Contemporary detailing includes flat-panel doors, combined with recessed skirtings, architraves and shadow-lines. A statement curved joinery wall incorporates a bookcase with glazed linen panels above. Behind, a luxury ensuite forms the entry to the main bedroom. There Calacatta marble teams with grey veneer and mosaic tiles covering the curved wall, while a traditional freestanding bath embraces the view. Throughout, Italian contemporary furnishings are counterpoints to the antiques.
Interior and exterior finishes, bespoke door detailing, stair balustrade, custom joinery, kitchen design, bathroom equipment and material specification, interior decoration, lighting, furniture specification, soft furnishings.
Photography: Nick Watt
Text: Chris Pearson