Torbreck Apartment Renovation

Architect
KIN Architects
Location
Brisbane, QLD, Australia | View Map
Project Year
2018
Category
Apartments
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Kitchen joineryCORIAN® Design
Spicy 965 Integrated Sink
LightingArtemide
Dioscuri
Sink mixerAstra Walker
Icon
PaintDulux Australia
Aquanamel Semi Gloss
Inspira Soft Vessel No Taphole handbasin Roca
SanitarywareLaufen

Product Spec Sheet
Kitchen joinery
Spicy 965 Integrated Sink by CORIAN® Design
Lighting
Dioscuri by Artemide
Sink mixer
Icon by Astra Walker
Paint
Aquanamel Semi Gloss by Dulux Australia
Inspira Soft Vessel No Taphole handbasin
by Roca
Sanitaryware
by Laufen

Torbreck Apartment Renovation

KIN Architects as Architects

The brief started as a design for an island bench and grew to include the entire apartment. Our clients wanted a Jetsons inspired, mid-century modern kitchen (disguised as a bar). The kitchen sink + cooktop was located in the island, this was to turn the island into a gathering space connected to the view. Half of the living room walls contain concealed storage that can transform the space from dining to entertaining, to quiet study, etc.

photo_credit Christopher Frederick Jones
Christopher Frederick Jones

The apartment is located in iconic, mid-century Torbreck, in Highgate Hill. Having an apartment in a building of this nature guided many of the design decisions, which resulted in a crafted living area fit for The Jetsons (inspiration from our clients). The planning was conceived as pockets of multi-functional space within the larger volume of the living room, spaces to complement and enhance apartment living (dining, music, entertaining bar, kitchen, TV, reading). Each of these spaces are designed to offer a connection to the generous outlook and the broader spatial planning is configured to emphasise the view.

photo_credit Christopher Frederick Jones
Christopher Frederick Jones

Brick and warm timbers in the heritage building are complimented through a balance of modest and crafted materials in our design, accented by the blue tones of the Torbreck facade. Where possible we aim to recycle, during demolition we salvaged the marble and most kitchen appliances. The hardwood flooring and cabinetwork is recycled timber from Kennedy’s. The result is a beautiful and functional interior, a true collaboration between craftsman, William McMahon (Cabinetmaker), client, and architect.

photo_credit Christopher Frederick Jones
Christopher Frederick Jones

Material Used :

Kitchen walls

Walls painted with Dulux Wash and Wear Acrylic Low Sheen in ‘Whisper White’; skirting, trims, architraves, pelmets and passage doors painted with Dulux AquanamelSemi Gloss in ‘Whisper White’; ceiling painted with Dulux Ceiling White in ‘Whisper White’; Gaboon plywood panelling (fixed) overlaid with hoop pine half rounds, finished with Porters Paints Wood Wash in ‘Plain White’

photo_credit Christopher Frederick Jones
Christopher Frederick Jones

Kitchen flooring

Mixed recycled hardwood from Kennedy’s Timbers, finished with Bona Traffic in ‘Silkmatt’; Tretford cord carpet in ‘Freshwater 615’ with underlay

Kitchen joinery

Corian benchtop in ‘Glacier White’; recycled Carrara marble circular benchtop in honed finish; cupboard fronts (island)made with mixed recycled hardwood from Kennedy’s Timbers, finished in Feast Watson Fine Buffing Oil; cupboard fronts (walls) made with Gaboon plywood panelling (fixed) overlaid with hoop pine half rounds, finished with Porters Paints Wood Wash in ‘Plain White’; round finger pulls with brass backing; Blum cabinetry hardware

photo_credit Christopher Frederick Jones
Christopher Frederick Jones

Kitchen lighting

Explosion Chandelier from Pottery Barn; Artemide Dioscuri wall/ceiling light by Michele De Lucchi, and CastoreSospensione by Huub Ubbens and Michele De Lucchi; Caribou Sneaky White lights with white reflectors

photo_credit Christopher Frederick Jones
Christopher Frederick Jones

Sinks and tapware

Astra Walker Icon sink mixer with swivel spout in White; Corian Spicy 965 Integrated sink in ‘Glacier White’ with seamless under mount

Appliances

Fisher and Paykel fridge; Miele fully integrated dishwasher; Smeg Piano Design Four Burner Cooktop (existing) and Classic Aesthetic Thermoseal oven; Ilve Cylinder island range hood in Dulux ‘White Satin’ powdercoat finish with custom-patterned vent

photo_credit Christopher Frederick Jones
Christopher Frederick Jones

Furniture

Sideboard from Found Furniture fixed to wall; custom water-jet-cut marble over buffet

Bathroom walls

Vast Dove Grey Satin rectified wall tiles from Beaumont Tiles

photo_credit Christopher Frederick Jones
Christopher Frederick Jones

Bathroom flooring

Arcade Hyde Multicolour glazed-porcelain floor tiles from Beaumont Tiles

Bathroom joinery

Recycled Carrara marble benchtop in honed finish; drawer fronts made with mixed recycled hardwood from Kennedy’s Timbers, finished in Feast Watson Fine Buffing Oil; round finger pulls with brass backing; Blum cabinetry hardware

photo_credit Christopher Frederick Jones
Christopher Frederick Jones

Bathroom lighting

Lighting concealed behind translucent acrylic suspended ceiling

Tapware and fittings

Brodware City Plus shower set (shower) and wall set with swivel spout (basin)

photo_credit Christopher Frederick Jones
Christopher Frederick Jones

Sanitaryware

Laufen Pro A Back to Wall Pan with soft-close seat in white, Geberit Sigma 8 concealed cistern and Roca Inspira Soft Vessel No Taphole handbasin all from Reece

Other

Custom-cut shower screen

photo_credit Christopher Frederick Jones
Christopher Frederick Jones
photo_credit Christopher Frederick Jones
Christopher Frederick Jones
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