Recently resold in Sydney, Australia, this large corner church looks quite ordinary on the outside but hides a modern house, chic baths and a commercial marble kitchen within.
A pair of alfresco terraces match soaring cathedral ceilings, held up by thin steel members and existing structural elements, while iron details and original windows add a touch of human-scaled decor.
Above the main level of this church to home conversion sits an adults-only retreat for parents while letting them look down on kids playing below, with glass railings and floor-to-ceiling glazed walls.
Lower-level Italian stone floor tiles and wooden flooring are heated from underneath, making the transition down into and up out of the open-air pool all the more appealing.
More about the sale of this converted church home, via Daily Mail:
“Realtor Alexander Phillips of PPD Real Estate agency has just listed the apartment at the front of the building with an asking price of $3.6million – $655,000 more than the average price of a four-bedroom in the neighborhood, which was $2.95million in September this year. Once home to a working-class immigrant community, Bondi Junction is now an ultra-desirable suburb popular among young professionals for its proximity to Bondi Beach on one side and the CBD six kilometers away on the other.”
About this adaptive reuse architectural project, via the architects themselves:
“For this luxury development on the site of Sydney’s last mill, BKA inserted two spacious apartments into the shell of a substantially intact early ecclesiastical Gothic church. Two terrace houses were also built adjacent to the church, with all three volumes responding to the proportion, scale, and rhythm of their late Victorian and early Federation neighbours. Restrained colours and a shared palette of timber and stone bridge the divide between old and new, while lighting and landscaping additions breathe new life into the remaining historic fabric.”