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For most people, finding the ideal place to live can be a headache. Not so for architect Telly Theodore. "This was the first and only place I looked at and it was perfect," he says. His apartment, which he bought at auction six years ago, had been rented out and was, in his words, "a bit of a mess", but it was what he was looking for: a city bolthole in a great location (in Sydney's Elizabeth Bay), with close proximity to restaurants and in walking distance from his office. And while the internal space was not huge, it had a strong design language.
The apartment itself, which measures around 70 square metres, is part of a new wing that was added to the rear of the inter-war building about 12 years ago. Externally, it blends in seamlessly with the rest of the building, while inside it has a formality that's in keeping with its prestigious location in one of the area's most elegant roads.
It has classic details such as decorative mouldings, wall sconces and parquet flooring, but its layout is far more contemporary in that it's virtually a one-room living space. With the exception of the bathroom there are no interior walls. Instead, the entire apartment revolves around a large mirrored box, a central core that defines the function of each part, with wardrobe storage on the sleeping side and a compact kitchen and laundry integrated on the living side.
Being mirrored on all four sides, this box also brings an element of illusion, reflecting and doubling up on views and vignettes. Mirror on one end defines the entrance and at the other end reflects and connects the courtyard.
"Every time you turn a corner there's a sense of surprise," says Telly.
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