Birmingham Street Apartment
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Birmingham Street Apartment

SJB Architects
Felix Forest

The former home of design personality Neale Whittaker and his partner David Novak Piper.

Located in the heart of the historically industrial suburb of Alexandria, 41 Birmingham is the latest multi-unit residential project from SJB.

The development encompasses 23 apartments and a ground floor retail and lobby space.

Boasting views of the Sydney skyline and a strong architectural presence, the design draws on both the site’s industrial origins and the emerging contemporary profile. Subtle detailing of the interior balances the robust and striking exterior form.

The strong aesthetic is defined by clean lines and a natural palette which effortlessly complements the design’s details.

A combination of terrazzo stone, lime washed cypress pine, Carrara marble and dramatic architectural gestures such as high exposed concrete ceilings shape this project’s truly unique identity.

This 3 bedroom warehouse-style apartment is a high-end offering with touches of indulgence

Two bedrooms sit at the back of the apartment, off an open-plan living and dining space that flows out to the outdoor entertaining area.

Adjoining the deck is the master bedroom, which Whitaker and Novak-Piper instead used as a living space.

Whitaker has put his stylish stamp on the apartment, with an “eclectic mix” of designer furniture pieces and artwork, as well as a variety of textures throughout the property, which has oak floors, raw concrete and custom timber joinery.

“What really sold us on this place was the high ceilings, the incredible concrete beams and the [leafy] outlook. Alexandria is quite an industrial suburb … but when you’re sitting in the apartment you can only see the trees and the roof of the Sonoma Bakery, which is quite nice.”

Neil added the deep deck, which has been transformed into a beautiful outdoor living room, was another drawcard and perfect for his two large dogs.

Whitaker said downsizing involved “editing out” a lot of possessions. We kept the bits we loved the most and added in some new pieces, it’s an eclectic mix,”

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