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owner of an already stylish apartment in Sydney’s Darlinghurst called on Hecker Guthrie to further unlock the space’s potential, says Hamish Guthrie. With a sophisticated eye for design and a passion The location of existing services dictated planning to a degree. Our challenge was to maximise the space, without imposing too dramatically on the existing architectural language. The light-filled apartment is sophisticated and contemporary. The focus centres around social living at its core, with an overarching pull towards the outdoor element of this apartment. To enhance the visual and physical connectivity between zones, we created a series of timber and glass screens to help frame the living spaces, referencing the client’s passion for Japanese and Scandinavian design, objects and artwork. In replacing key walls with glazed partitions, we created an expanded sense of space and light in a functional and considered way. Directional lighting creates subtle illumination to focus sightlines and imbue a gallery aesthetic. The owner’s carefully selected furniture and objects cohesively tie the spaces together. The finely crafted timber and glass partitions link the living areas and create opportunities for light, connection and life to come together. Using a minimal palette with white as a base, the client’s art, objects and furniture infuse personality into every facet of the space. Ultimately a place of sanctuary for the owner, the apartment allows for a place of work and a place to entertain. The way she has embraced the ideas and taken further ownership of her environment and run with it is everything we aspire to achieve as designers.

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