Located on Macleay Street Potts Point, this iconic apartment building was once home to the Sheraton Motor Inn and was made famous as the base for the Beatles visit to Sydney in 1964. Later converted to private apartments, the long hallways on each floor were given a beige on beige treatment which over the course of time had become drab, dull and overwhelmingly uninspiring.
In redesigning these spaces, we looked back to the 1960’s when the building was constructed, seeking to incorporate into the design several popular features of the time, re-imagined for today.
We began with the elevator lobbies which we clad in a 1960’s inspired timber panelling on both the walls and a newly constructed suspended ceiling. This was painted in a soft black colour creating a dramatic impact in combination with the midnight black timber floor installed within.
For the hallways themselves, we customised a boldly patterned carpet with a black border and chose a colour scheme of warm grey walls offset by dark charcoal for the apartment doors. To create a sense of heightened space in what are essentially quite narrow hallways, we installed large expanses of dark mirror, offset in a striking way by light reflecting chrome framing.
The apartment numbering and hallway signage were also key elements of the design. We chose a popular font from the 1960’s era and for the apartment doors, we created an oversized vertical design of raised metallic numbers in matt black.
What was once beige and bland is now bold and uplifting , reflecting important reminders of the heritage of this wonderful building that is embedded in that wonderful era that was 1960’s Sydney.
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