2013 Houses Awards: Apartment, Unit or Townhouse

Apartment, Unit or Townhouse Pyrmont Apartment by Bokor Architecture + Interiors Houses Awards

Jury comment

This apartment refurbishment is located in a historically significant building that was originally built as a wool store in 1882. The building was converted into a car park and motor museum in the late 1980s, and then in 2005 was transformed into a multiresidential apartment block. This latest change involves the clever combination of two existing loft-style apartments into one.

Inside this apartment, all rooms have been opened up to maximize the provision of natural light and allow for a greater flexibility of space. The bedrooms hover above the living area and borrow diffused light from the double-height windows along the western wall. The play of light and shadow is reinforced with the careful arrangement of dark and light materials, which in turn also respond to the industrial aesthetic of the original building. Existing structural elements are exposed and accentuated and, in deliberate contrast, refined modern cabinetry has been inserted.

This refurbishment increases the functionality of a relatively small space, and provides the flexibility for it to be easily converted back to two separate apartments. This is a versatile, comfortable home for contemporary family life.

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Award for Apartment, Unit or Townhouse supported by Geberit.


Bokor Architecture + Interiors
Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Project Team
Julius Bokor, Cindy Bolomey
Builder Ciolino Constructions
Engineer M. Zimmerman and Associates
Joinery Freestyle Joinery
Site details
Location Pyrmont,  Sydney,  NSW,  Australia
Category Residential buildings
Type Apartments, Residential
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 25 Jul 2013
Images: Stuart Scott Photography


Houses, August 2013

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