2016 Houses Awards: Apartment or Unit

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Darling Point Apartment by Chenchow Little.

Darling Point Apartment by Chenchow Little. Image: Peter Bennetts

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Darling Point Apartment by Chenchow Little.

Darling Point Apartment by Chenchow Little. Image: Peter Bennetts

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Darling Point Apartment by Chenchow Little.

Darling Point Apartment by Chenchow Little. Image: Peter Bennetts

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Darling Point Apartment by Chenchow Little.

Darling Point Apartment by Chenchow Little. Image: Peter Bennetts

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Apartment or Unit
Darling Point Apartment by Chenchow Little
2016 Houses Awards

Jury comment

Designed to house an extensive art collection, this apartment fulfils the pragmatic brief through the considered design of the many joinery pieces that open to reveal paintings by Jeffrey Smart, John Coburn and Lloyd Rees. The design delivers a beautiful, warm and refined interior punctuated with some quirky surprises.

The bright Esther Stewart artwork in the lift sits in contrast to the refined interior of floating American oak and painted white steel joinery that defines each room and elongates the sense of spatial depth. The timber of the joinery is repeated on the floors and ceiling, intensifying the contrast with the views of the harbour beyond. The monochrome palette of the main interior is contrasted against the handsome bathrooms, each of which is unique in its design and picks up on the colours and motifs of the bold lift artwork.

The design is driven by an appreciation of art and architecture, and there is nothing formulaic about it. Far from the stark, white interiors often found in art galleries, the apartment celebrates the selected artwork but has retained the warmth and character of a home.

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