The project is located within the Easthaven building designed by Ancher Mortlock & Murray in the late 1950’s. It embeds mechanisms of expansion, contraction and adaptability of space across the length and depth of a previously determined post-war plan layout, to offer a variety of unique spatial configurations.
Its arrangement was resolved around an existing central service core, existing utilities locations and retained columns & slab core holes. A long north-south joinery device was employed as a means of unifying disparate wall alignments along the entire length of the apartment - simultaneously serving as the key threshold between public and private areas. Its planar quality is punctuated by pivoting panels, recesses and apertures that lead to a reconfigured private domain of rooms, enlarged bathroom and kitchen respectively.
Sliding and pivoting panels enable the public living area to flexibly borrow
from, expand into, or contract from, the depth of the private guest room, and vice versa when required. An inserted study and sitting area
permit access to alternative, contemplative views of the harbour which can be
visually demarcated by a retractable curtain to flexibly contract or enlarge
the length of the living volume when needed. Frameless and sliding glazing
expand the interior into the terrace, improving access to sunlight, ventilation
and principal harbour views. A cantilevered steel framed pergola integrates
lighting and provides protection, while outdoor integrated timber storage
benches enrich a covered space for sheltered enjoyment of views.
Date: 2009 - 2011
Location: Darling Point, Sydney / Gadigal Land
Builder: Paul King Pty Ltd
Structural Engineer: SDA Structures
Electrical Engineer: Floth
Photography: Brett Boardman Photography
Testimonial: Sue-Ella Prodonovich
Christopher Polly Architect provided architectural
design services including defining and developing concepts; providing full
design and documentation services; preparation of permits / applications and
liaison with relevant regulatory authorities, community / strata management
groups, councils and certifiers; and overall project and contract management.
His design and expertise covered everything
from the specification of the number on the front door, precision cabinetry
that provided storage and defined spaces, outstanding lighting solutions,
clever use of woodwork inside and out, and an innovative solution for the
external terrace surface.
The level of detail covered in his documentation ensured there were no
surprises and the project ran smoothly. The suppliers he used (eg. builder,
engineers) were all reputable and responsive.
Our experience was first class and exemplified the value an architect brings to a project. The design was beautiful, functional and timeless. His high attention to detail was maintained throughout the project. Christopher was flexible when needed and firm when required. The project ran to time and budget and - after completion - was featured in a number of architectural journals (international and national), interior design publications and the front page of ‘Domain’ real estate section of the weekend newspaper.