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A Warehouse is Converted into a Stunning Apartment

Located in the inner-city suburb of Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia, this renovated apartment can be found in the historic Edwards & Co. building, one of the area’s most recognized structures. Originally a tea factory in the 1920s, it had most recently been used by an advertising agency before architect Josephine Hurley was hired to transform the 300-square-meter (approx. 3229-square-foot) space into a private, two-story residence on the top two floors.

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The main level features large arched windows that give the space a distinct look while providing plenty of natural light to the interior. The understated design was thoughtfully executed to respect the building’s history, while modernizing it for everyday life.

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A fairly neutral palette of warm grey, rich wood, and crisp white surfaces were used throughout for practicality.

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The original brick was left untouched giving the open space character while also providing contrast to the white elements.

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Hidden behind what looks like a closet door is a bathroom.

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The top floor used to be the caretaker’s office, which they demolished to create a guest retreat. It’s basically its own apartment.

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Behind the grey doors is a hidden kitchen letting you slide them shut when you want to keep it under wraps. Copper piping was used in a random design to create light fixtures in the main living space.

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Photos by Tom Ferguson.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.