Horizon Apartment | STEPHEN COLLIER ARCHITECTS

Horizon Apartment | Stephen Collier Architects | Photographer: Peter Bennetts

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Horizon Apartment | STEPHEN COLLIER ARCHITECTS

Traditional Land Owners
Gadigal people of the Eora nation
Year
2023
Chapter

New South Wales

Category
Lord Mayors Prize (NSW)
Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Builder
Simpson and Co
Photographer
Peter Bennetts
Project summary

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.

2023
New South Wales Architecture Awards Accolades
Shortlist – Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
New South Wales Jury Presentation

“Stephen has transformed our “city pad” creating (a) clever, multi-functional and multi-purpose space giving us the choice of a studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartment. The materials, colours and design have enhanced our way of living. We now have amazing views from our bathroom and bedroom and a lot more useful space. Stephen’s talents have gifted us with the choice to now live in the apartment permanently. Friends can stay overnight with a fold down bed or that same area can give us a hobby room, office or just privacy. Stephen Collier has enriched our lives by exceeding our high expectations.”

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