Darling Point Terrace by Stafford Architecture

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    Sydney-based Stafford Architecture transform a century-old duplex terrace, fusing separate apartments into a sculptural, light-filled home in Darling Point.

    When Stafford Architecture associate architect Bronwyn Litera first laid eyes on the run-down dual occupancy, it lacked adequate light flow and the rooms were dark, inconsistent and pokey. Entrusted with the extensive overhaul, Stafford Architecture retained the existing shell of the building in line with heritage requirements while recreating the interiors, paving the way for a contemporary, open-plan modern Australian family home. Granted complete creative license, the outcome is a sun-soaked waterfront home that effectively responds to the narrow site it inhabits.

    Aptly named ‘Bring to Light’ by the architects, the home presents as a modest, single-storey gabled-roof structure from the street. Inside, a striking 10-metre void complete with overhead skylight lies at the home’s centre, drenching the kitchen in light throughout the day. In the kitchen, the eyes are drawn upwards towards the full-height linear timber wall panelling, creating the illusion of infinite cabinetry. The floating monolithic stone island injects a sense of sophistication into the large kitchen, finished with the Flow Stool by MDF Italia.

    Black steel blades create a subtle transition into the dining room, allowing the room to still bask in the light of the kitchen ceiling void. Complementing the dark timber furniture, parquet terracotta-tiled flooring is a nod to the material typically used in traditional Sydney terrace homes of the era. This terracotta tile flows into the outdoor corridor, introduced along the length of the home.

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    Stafford Architecture introduced a corridor along the length of the home, ensuring all rooms share equal access to natural light and views.

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    Classic materials used throughout the home ground each space and place the glimmering blue of the Rushcutters Bay water on a pedestal. Robust accents of black steel softly punctuate the solid foundation of warm timber, concrete, stone and terracotta, while walls throughout are painted a clean white. Upstairs, curved archways reference the openings from the original home, reinterpreted in a smooth, plastered finish.

    Through a refreshing design lens, Stafford Architecture have breathed new life into this prestigious Sydney Harbour home. Darling Point Terrace confidently reacts to the tight constraints of the site by prioritising functionality, light and access to outdoor spaces within the confines of a heritage build. 

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    Glass bricks in the bathroom add a Mid-Century sensibility, featuring timber-look tiles from Earp Bros along with the Frama Apothecary Hand Lotion and Hand Wash.

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