Elizabeth Bay Apartment

Elizabeth Bay Apartment

Architect
Rolf Ockert. Architect.
Location
Elizabeth Bay, Sydney
Project Year
2019
Category
Apartments

Elizabeth Bay Apartment

Rolf Ockert. Architect. as Architects

The clients had just bought the apartment on the ground floor of a harbour front block of six in a highly desirable, private area very close to the city. We could build on another apartment fit out we had done together years ago close by. 

 

The apartment they had bought had the great location and a broad front to Sydney harbour as its core attributes. It is split over three levels, with the main level, the one with the greatest qualities, having been divided into a kitchen area and a bedroom, and the living level having been located below ground. Two bedrooms on the upper level did not require much attention and were in principle left as they were.

 

We decided to completely rearrange the interior organisation, dedicate the entire main level to day-to day living and turn the former living level into the Master Bedroom Site with Robe and Ensuite. 

Doing this in a rigid space with two other apartments above us required some thinking outside the box and use of specialist methods.

 

The resulting new apartment has a very open character, allowing view connections, both internal and to the stunning outside, that were previously not imaginable. The living space opens up seamlessly along its full length to a large deck, doubling the living space for all but 2-3 months per year when Sydney gets colder.

 

Being essentially a low, enclosed space with light and views only to one side we agreed to focus on the materials to be used to be rich and dark, tactile and luxurious. 

Certain materials carry through the entire apartment, such as a matte Smoked Oak veneer and an even matter pigment rich paint. There is none of the usual white in this project, the lightest colour being a grey, equally lush and matte, paint finish to the ceilings throughout. 

 

Various doors slide and hide to transform the openness into privacy if required or reveal more prosaic areas like laundry and storage when needed. 

 

Having a richly textured apartment with low ceilings we focused from early on in the design process on the lighting design. Main lighting is provided by recessed magnetic tracks, set flush with the ceilings. Only 20mm wide these magnetic tracks provide an elegant linear structure to the ceilings while, one of the main reasons to select this style of lighting, allow endless combinations of various light fittings to be placed in many locations as well as easily moved or removed. 

 

Two large gold leaf disk lights in the entry hall evoke a gold leaf niche in the owner's old apartment, embellishing the patina'd brass feature wall they sit on. 

 

This backdrop is highlighted by some key material insertions, notably a bright brass finish to the kitchen cupboards, a lively green marble to a “floating” cabinet, suspended of a steel column, and a beautifully grained dark granite. One of the main features is a Venetian plaster finish to a newly inserted wall, together with some of the steel details not entirely uninfluenced by a recent re-visit to some projects by Carlo Scarpa in Italy. 

Featured Projects
Latest Products
News
Lafine de Paris Wedding Showroom provides a unique platform for works of art
21 Jan 2022 News
Lafine de Paris Wedding Showroom provides a unique platform for works of art

In China, Huqiu Wedding City is an important wholesale and retail base for the wedding industry that... More

Peloponnese Rural House by Architectural Studio Ivana Lukovic provides needed respite for a nature-loving family
21 Jan 2022 News
Peloponnese Rural House by Architectural Studio Ivana Lukovic provides needed respite for a nature-loving family

Surrounded by picturesque olive groves in the Greek village of Kalamia, Peloponnese Rural House by A... More

New Alcalá church by Beautell Arquitectos takes a new approach to the traditional architecture of the Canary Islands
21 Jan 2022 News
New Alcalá church by Beautell Arquitectos takes a new approach to the traditional architecture of the Canary Islands

Since the 2011 demolition of the old Alcalá Church for security reasons, locals of the Canary... More

Casa en la Piedad by Cotaparedes Arquitectos offers an exploration of introspective architecture
21 Jan 2022 News
Casa en la Piedad by Cotaparedes Arquitectos offers an exploration of introspective architecture

An exploration of introspective architecture, Casa en la Piedad by Cotaparedes Arquitectos is locate... More

Austria, France, and Spain lead Mies van der Rohe Award shortlist with five nominations each
20 Jan 2022 News
Austria, France, and Spain lead Mies van der Rohe Award shortlist with five nominations each

A seven member jury, consisting of Tatiana Bilbao, chairwoman, Francesca Ferguson, Mia Hägg, Tr... More

25 best architecture firms in New York City
20 Jan 2022 News
25 best architecture firms in New York City

New York City is defined by its energy — but also by its buildings. A city of creators, it is... More

Ca na Riera apartment renovation creatively develops a narrow floor plan to meet contemporary needs
19 Jan 2022 News
Ca na Riera apartment renovation creatively develops a narrow floor plan to meet contemporary needs

A renovation of a flat in Barcelona’s Eixample, Ca na Riera is located on a chamfer, resulting... More

Center for Maine Contemporary Art engages in a dialogue with the urban realm while recalling an industrial seacoast past
19 Jan 2022 News
Center for Maine Contemporary Art engages in a dialogue with the urban realm while recalling an industrial seacoast past

Located in the City of Rockford, the new Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) by Toshiko Mori Ar... More