The iconic 1920s building was the first thing that attracted interior designer Darren Palmer's attention.
"We had friends who lived in one of the apartments and whenever we visited I remember thinking that they lived in the best building in Sydney." says Darren, who admits that his eye always went straight towards the decorative original plasterwork, high ceilings, and elegant bay windows.
When the adjoining apartment went on the market just at the time Darren was looking to buy, he saw past the awkward layout and damp holes. The apartment was the mirror image of the one he'd admired and during the open inspection all he could see was the potential transformation.
"I had to ask our friends if they would mind if I bought the apartment next door and, of course, they said no." It could have been a coincidence, and not the renovation noise, but Darren's friend moved to Hong Kong six months later. “After I bought the apartment, there was not one surface that I left untouched." says Darren.