Filled with minimalist design, completed 01/12/2018 a former run down 274sqm three-storey terrace in Darlinghurst is pared back to its original features, and injected with contemporary details.
The client was drawn to the fundamentally simple and beautiful homes of John Pawson as inspiration. Use of colour was not on the agenda, instead there was a focus on the interplay of texture, combining hard and soft finishes and contrasting matt and gloss surfaces to create intrigue and depth in an otherwise monochromatic palette. These quiet juxtapositions were an exercise in restraint. It is what has been left out that makes the interior special.
Existing sandstone walls were revealed during demo and swiftly adapted into the scheme, working perfectly with the selected oak timber floors and soft whites of the new walls and joinery. The house was previously starved of natural light, and is now abundantly filled.
The house desperately needed a solution to improve its spatial flow and harness natural light, which was achieved by opening up the ground floor, pushing the external wall out to the boundary and converting what was a dark and unused side passage into the dining area with a 4m long skylight overhead.
The approach was to create a more functional floor plan, and pull natural light through the space, whilst preserving its 100-year-old architectural imprint, and adding a contemporary feel which meant carefully mediating heritage detail and contemporary minimalist design. The result is an open, light and uncluttered space where simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Lead designer Cushla McFadden worked with Interior Designer Emma Say, Builder Jcorp Construction, and Stylist Claire Delmar. A custom dining table was provided by Jonothan West.
Based in Darlinghurst, Sydney, Tom Mark Henry are a dynamic studio, increasingly active in residential, commercial, retail, hospitality and workspace projects. They offer a full scope of services from interior architecture and design through to completion of build. Find out more about them here.
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