This 2-bedroom apartment in the heart of Cronulla was purchased in its original 1960's condition. The brief included increasing the amount of usable space, incorporating internal laundry facilities and creating flexible, multi-use spaces to provide a sanctuary for the owners.
The overall space, although generous in size in some areas, was very tight on space in others which prompted a complete overhaul of the layout. The kitchen was relocated to the opposite side of the apartment, walls were demolished to open up the space and maximise natural light, and the separate toilet and bathroom was combined into one harmonious space which allowed the inclusion of laundry facilities. Ample amounts of custom designed joinery ensured every inch of the space was utilised for extra storage.
Considering the apartments location and close link to the ocean, the neutral palette consists of timber, muted greys and soft touches to create an open yet calm space and allow the owners to embrace their growing collection of curiosities and treasures.
With expansive views of North Cronulla Beach and working within the existing Bathers apartment design by Candalepas Associates, this project had to be both mindful of, and sympathetic to, its surroundings.
The brief was to define the living zones whilst also creating much needed storage and display space for the fuss-free downsizer owners. This included a bar and bookshelf design that fit seamlessly into the existing spaces.
A minimal palette was selected to link the bar and bookshelf together from their respective zones, while complementing the existing palette that’s dominated by concrete and timber.
It was requested that the bar not overwhelm the dining space, instead act as an extension of the kitchen for entertaining. It incorporates two Vintec wine fridges, as well as a step ladder to allow for easy access to the highest shelf.
The bookshelf spans over four metres and was designed specifically around the owners’ collection of books, trinkets and treasures. It defines the Western living space which is now fondly referred to as ‘the library’, complete with its own library ladder.