New South Wales
Timeless architecture requires minimal intervention, and one of Harry Seidler’s 25-year-old fan-shaped Horizon apartments, needed a restrained alteration to meet contemporary needs, leveraging good design to increase flexibility of use and minimise environmental footprint.
Twenty-six floors up, the sky’s presence is felt in every nook. The design removes walls that blocked views, light and flow. The joinery doubles as dividers, mirrors on flanking walls augment the views and the line marking the balcony’s concrete cantilevered beam is extended into the interior as a datum line, lifting the perceived ceiling height.
A series of moveable walls slide, pivot or fold to create multiple living modes: an open-plan loft, a traditional one-bedroom, or a temporary two-bedroom space that provides privacy to work from home, practise yoga or host an overnight visitor.
This project’s joyful simplicity flows from a conversation between the client, the practice, Seidler’s original intentions and our current urban reality.