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Using Mirror to Create a Sense of Space

In this luxury two-unit renovation at Bondi Beach, mirrors enhance a sense of space in the small bathroom.

 

From the designer: The Beach Residence is a luxury two-unit renovation with captivating views over iconic Bondi Beach. The challenge was developing a design concept to convert two dated, cramped 1980s apartments into flexible open-plan residences capable of both intimacy and engagement with the natural setting.

 

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A coherent, flexible design that embraced the beach life philosophy without compromising their differing uses was key in this project. The innovative solution integrated difficult structural and site elements, accentuating the apartments’ linearity to create residences that capture the allure of beachside lifestyle; relaxation, tranquility and escape, without interruption or distraction.

 

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One unit; a full-time residence, is finished predominantly in warm light-toned timber, seamlessly connecting it to the sand of Bondi Beach beyond. The lime-washed natural timber, and the rich Calcutta marble accents give a warm ambience and tactile honesty, creating an atmosphere of peaceful retreat within a home. The second unit; a peaceful holiday retreat is finished in crisp white polyurethane and frosty, ice-like glass panels.

 

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This luxurious, yet understated design reflects the constantly changing colour of the ocean and was inspired by the breaking waves. The clean finish creates a ‘freshness,’ allowing the natural beauty to remain the focal point.

 

Koichi Takada Architects

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