Akin Atelier reimagine a 1930s Bondi Beach apartment on Campbell Parade into a light-filled and tactile place to call home.
Located on Sydney’s most recognisable eastern beach, Campbell Parade Apartment by Akin Atelier connects to enviable views from every space in the home. In response to its locale, Akin Atelier director and architect Kelvin Ho designed Campbell Parade Apartment to be an inviting, texturally-rich home that draws inspiration from the sand and sea below.
A custom banquette by Akin Atelier upholstered in wool boucle.
The original, disconnected 1930s layout was completely turned on its head as Akin Atelier removed internal walls and designed a new ‘pinwheel’ layout off the kitchen. The new ‘pinwheel’ layout reconnects the living areas and opens the home to the surrounding 180-degree view of Bondi Beach, dousing them in light. Mirrored splashbacks extend the views and access to natural light in the kitchen, creating a sense of spaciousness.
The home expresses a lived-in atmosphere through materials and finishes, creating a cohesive theme through the small footprint. Hand-trowelled micro-cement features in the architecturally-designed fireplace with plinth and kitchen rangehood, accentuating the curved forms. Designed with a single flooring, the large-tiled limestone is intended to create a feeling of being outside while still in an apartment. The lounge room softens the hard limestone floors with soft natural fibres such as wool and linen.
The design pieces sourced also attest to the home’s lived-in feeling. “We wanted it to feel like a beach pad but with a few bona fide design pieces,” Kelvin Ho says. “And we aimed to further that feeling of a nuanced and worn-in space by balancing the new with the old, sourcing vintage rugs and furniture for some areas”. The living room curation includes oak and rope Audoux Minet armchairs by Vibo Vesoul and a Moroccan Beni Ourain vintage wool rug. Moving away from these vintage pieces, the bedroom features the Pawn ceramic side table by Marie Michielssen for Serax, a Surface sconce in black Travertine by Australian designer Henry Wilson and fringed cushions by Lucy Montgomery.
Akin Atelier’s Campbell Parade Apartment illustrates a skilful design execution of a minimalist, small-footprint design that harnesses the surrounding views and access to natural light.
The home expresses a lived-in atmosphere through materials and finishes, such as the hand-trowelled micro-cement featured in the architecturally designed fireplace and rangehood.