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In a first for Luigi Rosselli Architects the camera has left the ground to pan over the penthouse additions to a classic Art Deco style apartment block built in the late 1920s. The penthouse’s defining feature is a bow window in the corner of the building facing the intersection of the street that reaches out to create a dialogue with the passers-by in the avenue below.
The bow window is also reminiscent of windows found in the Captain’s Quarters at the stern of historic ships; borrowing from naval architecture was appropriate for the seaside location of Bondi Beach.
The penthouse is separated from the existing brick unit block by a concrete slab and spandrel, this is a fire protection requirement. A wave of metal roofing conceals the upper level of the penthouse from the street.
The wave dovetails towards the view, culminating in a balcony, of which two were designed but only one was allowed by the Council.
Location: Bondi Beach, NSW, Australia
Architects: Luigi Rosselli Architects
Design Architect: Luigi Rosselli Project Architect: Carl Rutherfoord, Blake Letnic Builder: Groundup Building Pty Ltd
Photographs: Edward Birch