Studio Prineas have fused together two of our favourite things: a daring design with captivating views. Sydney’s prestigious heritage-listed Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf now hosts a reconfigured apartment that exudes glamour, while bowing down to the spectacular Sydney harbour.
Setting out to better frame the apartment around the harbour panorama, Studio Prineas has created a strong link between the interior and the balcony. Within the heritage confines, the apartment has been stripped of low ceilings and generic detailing, making room for a new timber platform that extends from the interior to the exterior. This generous living platform aptly brings the sweeping views and natural light into the small-scale apartment.
DESIGN Studio Prineas | PHOTOGRAPHY Katherine Lu & Chris Warnes
If anywhere could successfully appear like a luxury-hotel-turn-city-pad, it has to be the Finger Wharf apartment. The signature dark panels conceal the minutiae of daily life, enabling the space to be reconfigured as striking doorways, or readily changeable walls. In this way, the apartment can seamlessly change in size, providing a more open living space. A theme of ambiguity stems from the unconventional layout, complemented by the larger-than-life brass handles on sliding doors and storage spaces.
The alluring array of black and gold reflect Studio Prineas’ precision to detail. A monochrome palette accentuates the audacious metallics used in the brushed brass kitchen island and polished brass bathroom fittings, while benchtops and mosaic tiling complement the bathroom’s luxurious aesthetic. The unexpected use of material continues throughout the apartment, with natural leather furnishings and charcoal linen, that soften the interior. An expansive Persian rug welcomes colour and warmth, as each surface, texture and shape bring a new dimension to the living space. The inclusion of the Serge Mouille lamp adds height and further conveys the apartment’s thematic personality.
Innovating respectfully to the harbour surrounds, Studio Prineas has achieved the ultimate in avant-garde design. The Finger Wharf apartment now has the grandeur and elegance to effortlessly match the exclusivity of its location. Out with the old and in with the new has never looked so good.
The well-thought out design process had to adhere to stringent Strata and Heritage requirements, laid down by the 1915 Finger Wharf setting. A key modern alteration to the original structure involved substituting the single sliding doors with multiple sliders.
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