When the team at Architect Prineas, an Australian–based firm led by Eva-Marie Prineas, was hired to renovate an apartment within the Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf (yes, this is a real place) on Sydney Harbour, they knew they had their work cut out for them. The apartment had low ceilings, spaces that felt unconnected to the magnificent views, and bland architecture. Even more complicated: The building is heritage-listed, so there were strict requirements the firm had to follow, particularly in terms of the facade.
The team reconfigured the interiors, taking cues from luxury hotel design and hiding the private areas — the bedroom, bathroom, and storage — behind dramatic sliding walls. The panels fold flush, creating a flexible layout that can feel larger and more open, or more intimate, depending on the mood. A new timber platform extends into the apartment, helping to connect the living area and the balcony. The finished product is the perfect getaway, with all the luxury and glamour of a hotel and all the comforts of home.
The architects used brass accents like a kitchen counter and oversized door handles to offset the black surfaces.
The black panels were designed to be ambiguous — each could be a door or a wall — creating a sense of surprise and discovery for the owners and their guests.
A wall panel slides open to reveal the wet room.
A mirrored wall panel opens to the second bedroom, which used to be a dark media room.