Madeleine Blanchfield Architects maximised light and space in their considerate rework of a penthouse in Sydney’s Darling Point. Located in a red brick building dating back to the 1960s, the team met a series of challenges to deliver on a new rooftop pavilion, together with a series of resolved spaces exemplifying the design intent in its most pure form.
The apartment refurbishment is characterised by pared-down and open spaces. The steel pavilion on the upper level is a contemporary addition to the home’s Mid-century character, letting the penthouse embark on a new chapter of modern livability. Here, aluminium sliding doors welcome a fresh breeze indoors while in the dining and kitchen space original windows provide scenic views of Darling Point.
Madeleine Blanchfield Architects set out to make the most of the existing space. Much of the original fabric was incorporated in the modern make-over such as the beams in the kitchen, creating an increased sense of space despite the low ceiling height. “All lighting had to be surface mounted so we could grab extra ceiling height and existing windows tweaked to work with new room layouts,” Madeleine Blanchfield adds.
“The project exemplifies excellence in interior design through its absence of ego and showmanship.”
Madeleine Blanchfield Architects envisioned a minimal, white interior warmed by natural materials such as timber to address the complexities of the brief. Noted by Kinn Construction as one of the most challenging concrete pours they have undertaken, polished concrete flooring underpins the rooftop pavilion. Below, oak floors and all-white walls shape the communal areas.
With a careful approach to the original penthouse, Madeleine Blanchfield Architects’ refurbishment establishes a calm, light and refined atmosphere. By stripping back any unnecessary elements, The Darling Point Penthouse prioritises a serene experience, defined by a connection to its prized outlook.