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2 Kings Lane

Location:
Sydney
Type:
Apartments
Year:
2002
Architect:
Engelen Moore
CO-AP Architects
Project Manager:
Multiplex Brookfield
Consultant:
Clifton Coney Stevens
Photographer:
Ross Honeysett

8 apartments have been developed on the rooftop of 2 existing commercial buildings. These rooftop apartments have been designed as a lightweight metal clad attic pavilion set back from the parapets of the existing buildings.

At first sight it's a commercial complex - two three-storey buildings in Darlinghurst joined together by a glazed atrium. Home to designer furniture company DeDeCe's Sydney office, the Kings Lane development boasts a furniture showroom, home/offices, art gallery and two whole-floor commercial tenancies. 

But step through the facade of the historic Oxford Foundry building into 3 Kings Lane and you'll find yourself transported into an unexpected world of high-end modernist living.

In order to clearly separate the residential and commercial components of the development a residential address has been created on Kings Lane utilising the existing Oxford Foundry building.The original façade and part of the side walls have been retained and refurbished to create a residential lobby with the ambience of a small boutique hotel.

The houses were created as private havens. The emphasis is on open-plan living, with full-height glass stacking doors sliding away to create a seamless transition between inside and out. Living spaces merge with terraces, taking advantage of the temperate Sydney climate and providing huge outdoor entertaining areas that become an ideal place to soak up the views. External motorised louvres on the upper floors are positioned for sun control and privacy.

From the lobby a lift gives access to a generous access corridor on level 4. This corridor is naturally lit by way of full height glazed walls at its east and west ends and by a glazed link bridge at its centre spanning over the atrium café below.

All of the apartments are 2 storeys in height with the upper level crossing over the top of the corridor to permit natural cross ventilation.There are 4 large 3 bedroom plus study apartments (approximately 200m2 internally) on top of the western building and 4 generous 2 bedroom plus study apartments (approximately 144m2 internally) on top of the eastern building.

All living areas face north, with the three bedroom apartments having a double height volume, permitting maximum penetration of winter sunlight and significant views of the city skyline. Large north facing courtyards open off these living spaces. These courtyards are able to be shaded by way of adjustable aluminium louvred pergola roofs and screened from adjoining courtyards by translucent white glass walls.

The western apartment has a roof terrace which wraps around 3 sides, as does its glazed walls, providing spectacular views of the city.The glass walls are screened and shaded for privacy and sun control by motorised adjustable aluminium louvres.

The apartments have been planned with a centralised service pod containing kitchen, bathrooms, laundry and storage. Stairs and corridors either side of these pods act as breezeways to allow natural cross ventilation through the apartment. Natural light filters into the upper level of these pods by way of large skylights over the bathrooms and stair. On the eastern end of the apartments is an area of communal open space incorporating a 25m lap pool, raised timber deck and landscaping.

Flexible and environmentally sound, they offer maximum views and illumination through expansive windows and skylights, or, shaded privacy through strategically placed mechanical louvres that can be opened and closed as the weather shifts. A clever cross-ventilation system allows for natural climate control, inviting fresh, cooling breezes from Sydney Harbour on hot summer days and enabling solar heating in the colder winter month.

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Dan

Dan

Studio De Padova

With a Nordic influenced aesthetic, the Dan small tables are suitable as a side table in the living room or a bed-side table.  Small round or oval shaped, aluminium base with a choice of white, ...

Delaunay

Delaunay

Minotti / Rodolfo Dordoni

Delauney has main structure in chromium-plated metal. The bands of the seat and backrest are in leather (available in dark or natural). Cushion of the seat and the backrest in polyurethane. The upho... More

Diapason (New)

Diapason (New)

Kreon / Jan Van Lierde

Diapason re-invented A quarter of a century after the design classic "Diapason" was launched by Kreon, the timeless piece in lighting design takes a turn for the future to meet today's re... More

Diller Chair

Diller Chair

Minotti / Rodolfo Dordoni

The Minotti Diller lounge chair and side with chrome plated tubular steel base and frame in steel with elastic straps. Padded with multi density polyurethane foam with removable fabric or leather upho...

Door table

Door table

Chris Connell

Map Door table with 30mm square integral steel frame, hollow core honeycomb construction and veneer cladding. Available in 3 lengths in clear or natural American Oak veneer. Also available in Sycamor...

Down

Down

Kreon / Jan Van Lierde

Light is quintessential Down is designed for recessed use and is characterised by the deeper position of the light source in relation to the ceiling level. Thanks to a multifunctional housing this... More

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ES

Arnold Merckx

Outdoor stackable dining chair with Jatoba wood slats, clear anodised aluminium frame and stainless steel arms, back legs and fasteners. Optional felt seat pad.

ESL, ESL+ & EVL

ESL, ESL+ & EVL

Arnold Merckx

Extremis outdoor occasional chairs with Jatoba timber slats, clear anodised aluminium frame and stainless steel arms, back legs and fasteners. Optional felt seat pad or cushion. Also available as ...

Flower Chair

Flower Chair

Thomas Sandell

Flower armchair with structure in rigid polyurethane, seat in polyurethane foam with internal padding in polyester batting. Removable cover. Legs in 4 legged polished chrome or silver painted steel, o...

Folded Shade

Folded Shade

Marcel Wanders

Folded Shade table light with shade in PVC/cotton laminate on metal frame.

Francis

Francis

Wolfgang Tolk

Francis Canopy bed with sructure in satin stainless steel with staves in white stained beech plywood, Available also with headboard covered in fabric or leather. ---------------------------- See the ...

Gamma

Gamma

Jasper Morrison

Wooden table with internal frame in steel. Finish in natural, ebony or ash-grey stained oak, macroter lacquered and polished lacquered in all colours of the collection.

Held

Held

Minotti / Rodolfo Dordoni

Held lounge chair with chrome plated tubular steel base and frame in steel with elastic straps. Padded with multi density polyurethane foam with removable fabric or leather upholstery.

Hi Pad Chair

Hi Pad Chair

Jasper Morrison

Side / dining chair with seat in bent beech plywood and multi-density polyurethane foam. Fixed cover available in fabric or leather. Legs in satined stainless steel with rubber glides.

Isometrix Colourwash

Isometrix Colourwash

Arnold Chan

'I wake up and I choose pale blue-green, the colour of a morning fog. After that I would change it to acid yellow for my shower. I come back and work in the room and need some energy, so I choose some...

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