Brcar Morony Architecture was approached to design the renovation of an existing ground floor 3-bedroom apartment in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney NSW.
The clients, who are a young family of three, wanted to explore possibilities of creative storage and working solutions for an executive, flexible and family orientated lifestyle within a modest footprint.
The brief was to transform a tired and dark apartment into an open, free flowing and interconnected series of spaces that would extend through to their external private courtyard.
Removing existing external walls and the enlargement of existing internal openings provides better connection with a seamless indoor/outdoor transition.
A contemporary, classic and neutral colour palette was selected. The aesthetic consists of warm American oak solid timber floor boards layed in a herringbone pattern, a combination of American oak and white polyurethane joinery elements, black steel door frames, and restrained use of Carrara marble throughout the kitchen and bathroom.
Innovative and clever strategies were used to create spaces and nooks throughout the apartment; a study desk now suspends within an existing doorway which transforms into a display or service area for the dining room. Slender profiled joinery was designed to display, store and conceal whilst not becoming over bearing within the spaces.
Solid timber American oak reveals where installed to the new and enlarged openings within the apartment. These three timber portal frames provide a visual connection and overall warmth and generous sense of scale to the apartment.
Brcar Morony Architecture were approached post Development Application approval to undertake the design detailing and delivery of the approved works. The project involves demolition of the existing structure to the rear of the property and replacing it with a new first floor addition containing a master bedroom, ensuite and robe. The first floor addition is accessed via a plate steel stair inserted within a new void over a new dining room.
Brcar Morony administered a lump sum contract (ABIC SW-2008 H NSW) over a 6 month time period.
Project completed in April 2017.
'Working with Natalie and Chris Griffin of Burmah Constructions has been smooth & easy with continuous communication...'
Client Gene Black
The project involved the transformation of a 1960s two bedroom apartment which was lacking natural daylight into an elegant and light filled space with refined, timeless finishes.
The apartment was designed to be flexible for a sole executive owner with generous living and entertaining spaces easily able to be converted into secondary sleeping quarters for staying guests when necessary.
A flexible plan was created and overlaid with a minimalist and monochromatic aesthetic. Generous and finely crafted storage joinery is subtly integrated into each room to provide a series of spaces that appear and feel far more generous then they actually are.
The removal of existing non load bearing walls, the use of clever joinery, sliding panels that can be hidden allow the spaces to connect more seamlessly with one another and also connect visually to its immediate context, views to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Harbour and city CBD views.
Project completed in 2015
'Natalie has great design and management skills. She understood and addressed my needs and project brief entirely. She delivered an outstanding fit out to my apartment which was on time and on budget. I am delighted to recommend her to you.’
Client Therese Adami
SURRY HILLS TERRACE HOUSE
The alterations and additions to this inner city terrace house were commissioned by a young executive couple. The project included the demolition of the rear of the house at ground level and the rebuilding of a larger space with kitchen/ dining area addressing the rear courtyard. An extended first floor allowed the creation of a master suite with ensuite and a generous second bedroom while an attic window addition provided opportunities for a study/ third bedroom at the top of the house.
Optimisation of natural lighting opportunities through 3.6m high glazing to the rear facade and a large skylight over a new central stair void allowed daylight to reach the centre of the terrace.
As with many inner city projects, storage was of high importance and joinery was designed wherever possible to maximise the storage opportunities while presenting a refined minimalistic aesthetic.
The combination of polished concrete and stained hardwood flooring with recycled brickwork and white polyurethane joinery finishes resulted in an minimal but warm home suitable for a busy couple.
Services included architectural and interior design, authority approvals and construction documentation.
Project Completed in 2015.
"Amazing bespoke work by Brcar Morony Architecture and an absolute pleasure to work with".
Client Alicia Yelavich
NEUTRAL BAY TERRACE HOUSE
The Neutral Bay house project involves significant alterations and additions to an existing two storey free standing house. The entire second storey is proposed to be demolished to make way for a more generous addition accommodating a large master suite with ensuite and walk in robe. Another two bedrooms and additional bathroom are also included.
Downstairs is reconfigured to accommodate a guest bedroom and bathroom, laundry, new kitchen and open plan living and dining spaces with a large deck area that addresses the panoramic harbour and regional views.
The street frontage of the house is improved with a new double garage and entry building that gives the property an address and street presence.
The project is currently under construction and due for completion December 2018.
ANNANDALE TERRACE HOUSE
Minor external alterations and internal refurbishment to an existing terrace house in Annandale. Currently under construction and due for completion December 2018.
WERRI BEACH HOUSE
A new single storey dwelling home for a family of four has been designed to replace a tired and dilapidated home in Werri Beach.
Development Application approved in 8 weeks through Kiama Municipal Council.
Currently under construction and due for completion April 2019.
Alterations and additions to an existing single storey free standing dwelling in Lindfield, NSW.
Project information coming soon.
Gallery of First Australians
Bcrar Morony Architecture provided architectural support, documentation expertise and construction knowledge to the lead consultants, SNEPO Research + Citizen Group. The project was to create an interactive and digital experience in the orientation space that starts the Gallery of First Australians.
The Orientation space is a journey that embraces and welcomes the visitor onto Country, conveys the powerful and intimate connection to Land, and slows the pace in preparation for the diverse stories and culture of Gallery of First Australians.
The Orientation space is a physical representation of home and heart – a series of domestically scaled experiences that hold the presence of the peoples who share their culture and stories in this space. The overall narrative links the zones holistically, with a contemporary representation of the symbolic ochres - a powerful connection to country.
Project due for completion September 2016.
Working in partnership with branding agency Generation Alliance, Brcar Morony Architecture helped to bring to life the brand story through spatial design.
Osso Restaurant had a well established position in Western Sydney as the leading steak restaurant frequented by both families and business professionals. Inspired by a butchers shop the space featured tiled walls, industrial lighting and large graphic elements all tightly contained within a black and white palette. Naturally a key consideration was in the planning stage to test seating arrangements to deliver the best use of space and covers per sitting.
Bespoke graphics created for the walls, moveable screens to sub divide the space, patterns for ventilation screens and the statement signage of the large ‘o’ at the arrivals desk all worked together and saw this project listed as a finalist in the Australian Interior Design Awards 2010.