Both the floor and ceiling played important roles in the interior design. To connect with the original building's warehouse aesthetic, a vinyl, commercial-grade wallpaper with an unusual 2-D concrete texture was applied to the ceiling.
"In terms of flooring, the steel structure does allow for a small amount of lateral movement, so timber boards were unsuitable as they may have potentially warped under sideways pressure," says Simons.
"Similarly, with so much sunlight entering the apartment at this level timber might have warped under that exposure. So to achieve the warm look of wood without the negatives we chose vinyl plank floorboards. These are laid individually, like timber boards, and have a similar visual warmth to a wood-plank floor, but are virtually indestructible."
The level below has the same ceiling and floor treatments as above. This is the bedroom zone and two have their own balconies with giant sliders connecting the indoors and out.
With buildings close on both sides it was important to get natural light down into the lower bedroom level. To achieve this, the side of the addition is stepped in, creating a light well.
To further optimise solar penetration into the bedrooms, which are positioned on the darker side of the building, glass internal walls were introduced. These allow the sun to flood through from the circulation side of the space.
To further optimise light on this level, walls are painted white and mirrors are strategically placed to reflective light into the bathrooms.