Location: Potts Point, Sydney NSW
Design Architect: Luigi Rosselli, Jane McNeill, Hugh Campbell
Project Architect: Jane McNeill, Hugh Campbell
Interior Design: Jane McNeill
Heritage Consultant: John Oultram Heritage & Design
Builder: Building With Options Pty Ltd
Structural Consultant: Rooney & Bye Pty Ltd
Hydraulic Consultant: Rooney & Bye Pty Ltd
Joiner: Space Joinery
Landscaper: Susan Miles Landscape Architect
Photography: Justin Alexander & Edward Birch

While forty percent of the existing structure underwent demolition, primarily to remove outdated and dysfunctional rooms at the rear, a modern four-story addition now seamlessly integrates with the remaining front facade. Preserving the building’s character, the front facade boasts original Queen Anne leadlight windows, liver-toned brickwork, and timber shingles, maintaining harmony with the surrounding streetscape. Yet, behind these refined front rooms lies a surprising transformation into modern, open living spaces adorned with generous terraces offering panoramic views of the city skyline, including skyscrapers by renowned architects such as Renzo Piano, Sir Norman Foster, and Ingenhoven Architects, along with glimpses of Sydney Harbour beyond.

The duality of the design mirrors the personalities of its residents: sophisticated and steeped in old-world charm and family heritage, yet deeply passionate about modern art, architecture, and urban living. In this compact urban setting, interior architecture takes center stage, with every millimeter meticulously planned to condense the comforts of a larger home into this city pad. Skilfully crafted joinery, overseen by Project Architect Jane McNeill, not only maximizes storage for the owners but also adds an elegant touch to the interiors, exemplified by features like the dressing table in the dressing room.

For the cultured owners who couldn’t part with their cherished book collection, Jane created a bespoke library and study area, complete with a cozy armchair nestled beside the Jacobs Ladder stairway. This stairway ascends to a glazed roof hatch, leading to a landscaped rooftop terrace and a spa pool offering a serene retreat with the city skyline as a breathtaking backdrop.