Old warehouses that have been turned into apartments pretty much always look cool. The idea of crafting a living space out of something that wasn’t intended to be one when it was built leaves the possibilities of what it could become entirely open. One of our favourite warehouse to apartment conversions is found in Sydney’s inner-city suburb of Surry Hills. What was once a tea factory in the early 20th century has now become the home of an architect turned musician. Josephine Hurley Architecture is responsible for the incredible conversion.
The architecture firm set to work with the brief of making a residence that’s comfortable, practical and respects the building. They crafted open spaces that allow light to flood throughout the apartment, while different elevations of the floor allow for some separation between spaces. Simple interiors add to the apartment’s warm and open feeling, while the industrial-looking copper lighting that spans the walls adds dimension.
The old Edwards & Co. building is heritage listed and with the narrow lanes and streets surrounding it, it presented a multitude of challenges for the builders. It meant that cranes couldn’t be used to lift materials to the top, so a custom pulley system was created instead.
With its impeccable design, incorporation and respect of the building, and minimalist interiors, this Surry Hills warehouse conversion is one of our favourites in Sydney.