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Interior Design: Potts Point Apartment

October 25, 2011

A compact 38-square-metre Sydney apartment in a Harry Seidler building is transformed into a flexible home for a young family, by Anthony Gill Architects

The Potts Point Apartment involved the re-design of an existing 38-square-metre, one-bedroom apartment in a Harry Seidler Building in Sydney. The brief was to adapt the layout as inexpensively as possible to suit a growing family, our family. The aim was to provide a separate sleeping area for our young daughter, increase the living space and solve all our storage requirements.

We pulled out all the existing (not original) joinery but retained the bathroom core, which remains untouched. Into the space we inserted a 7-metre-long joinery item which was to ‘take’ all our things for living: books, toys, food and wine, plates, pots and pans, clothes, even beds. At one end, the shelves dissolve into the kitchen with sections of the main shelving unit remaining open, allowing everyday objects to filter the view through. At the other end, the wardrobe block separates our daughter’s bed from the main living space – with our bed sliding in and out from underneath. We wanted a space that enabled all our things to surround us but not in a contrived way; it is not meant to be about display. The idea was about have a rich and layered backdrop for living, something that we each interacted with everyday.

Team Anthony Gill and Sarah McSpadden

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