Earlier than + After: A Sunny Modernist Makeover Of Sixties Sydney Residence

Previous to its current transformation, this Sixties condominium in a mid-century Glebe, Sydney constructing featured a ‘drained instance of an inexpensive 90s renovation.’

‘The present kitchen supplied minimal bench house, little connection to the encompassing residing areas, and actually restricted the condominium’s liveability, entry to views, pure gentle and air flow,’ says Ben Selke, co-director of Studio Barbara, who designed the renovation. 

Studio Barbara’s goal was to take away these unsympathetic options by drawing inspiration from the unique constructing. ‘The block is a superb instance of modernist structure in Sydney, expressing Sixties blonde brick exterior partitions, cantilevering balconies, uncovered stable concrete slab construction, and nice metal balustrades,’ Ben says. 

In renovating the kitchen, peeling blonde timber laminate joinery and floral splashback tiles have been eliminated in favour of black and white checkerboard lino flooring, textured oak cabinetry, white laminate benchtops with uncovered ply edges, and sliding mustard yellow glass doorways on the overhead joinery. 

‘We have been capable of lean into the modernist aesthetic and recreate frameless, sliding, glass cabinetry doorways which have been frequent within the modernist world,’ explains Ben. ‘We used routed circle finger pulls for every door, and have been capable of absolutely conceal the built-in rangehood inside the floating joinery, making the kitchen really feel extra alongside the traces of a customized furnishings piece versus a working house.’

Structurally, inside non-load bearing partitions have been demolished to open up the beforehand enclosed kitchen and create an open-plan house. 

All through the rest of the condominium, partitions have been repainted from beige to white, flooring was changed, and new linen curtains have been put in.

Studio Barbara additionally sourced mid-century furnishings to enhance the renovation and the consumer’s current objects. ‘We have been capable of take this love additional and introduce modernist items together with the yellow espresso machine, and have been capable of supply mid-century ceramic styling objects and items that perch completely on the open shelving and above the sliding cabinetry unit,’ says Ben.

Submit-renovation, the kitchen sits proudly on the centre of the condominium and serves as an equally vibrant and sensible house. Ben says, ‘Via materiality, detailing, textures and type, we have now been capable of permit the kitchen to sing and actually categorical the consumer’s persona and style.’