Apartment for an Older Man | Plus Minus Design with Lymesmith

Apartment for an Older Man | Plus Minus Design with Lymesmith | Photographer: Anthony Browell

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Apartment for an Older Man | Plus Minus Design with Lymesmith

Traditional Land Owners
Gadigal Land
Year
2023
Chapter

New South Wales

Category
Interior Architecture
Lord Mayors Prize (NSW)
Builder
Bright Build
Photographer
Anthony Browell
Project summary

Our client, Michael, is simultaneously a recluse and a compulsive host who made the difficult decision to enjoy his twilight years living alone. He wanted a refuge where he could retreat to read, watch movies, cook, entertain and enjoy his wine cellar.

This economical refurbishment combines programmatic adjustments and colour – creating a complex and nourishing interior.

Removing two walls and relocating the kitchen achieved cross ventilation and responded to Michael’s desire for entertaining. Opening up the space has afforded long views connecting dining, kitchen, library, living and sunroom spaces. Rich colours lead the eye through a visually complex yet calm interior.

Demolition revealed original details and roughly formed concrete that were incorporated into the design. New finishes are either robust or economical.

Michael has recognised his requirements have changed and has taken the opportunity we should all have – to curate our own dwelling spaces at all stages of life.

2023
New South Wales Architecture Awards Accolades
Award for Interior Architecture
Shortlist – Interior Architecture

My dream was to be able to live independently among my books, cook in my full kitchen (while at the same time being part of the party) and dine with my friends at a large table. After my architect’s re-imagining, my dreams are fulfilled. Colour uplifts my mood. I have shelves of books framed in lacquer red. My views are all framed – in up to six colours. My whole bathroom is a shower with a toilet and basin and designed to independent living standards. I have a space with good airflow. I hope it’s my final home.

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