98 BOWER STREET MANLY BEACH
Perched above the ocean midway between Manly & Shelly Beaches, this apartment is located in an unassuming 1970s block of flats that despite its external appearance had good bones. The concrete framed construction allowed removal of internal walls to create a flexible layout, with kitchen, living & dining arranged linearly running out towards the deck & the view. Fixed joinery incorporating extensive storage is pushed to sides of the room, opening up the plan & creating an illusion of a large space. This is enhanced by the existing windows along one side, which flood the apartment with northern sun throughout the day.
New v-jointed panelling along the entire length of the hall acts as a spine, linking the two ends of the apartment together. This is reminiscent of coastal timber architecture, but detailed in a contemporary way & incorporating hidden joinery to minimise any disruption to the space. Limiting the palate to blonde timber & white simplifies the spaces & alludes to the simplicity of the coastal location.