Manly Apartment
Manly Apartment
Manly, NSW
  • Project Type: Residential
  • Designer: JDA Studio
  • Builder: R and G Constructions
  • Timber Species: European Oak
  • Colour: Bistre
  • Format: Piccolo
  • Grade: Classic
  • Style: Textured
  • Application: Flooring
  • Photographer: Pablo Veiga

Transforming an ageing interior is a complex task, and it takes a strong creative vision to bring dated homes into the present. When architect John Deuchrass, Principal Architect at JDA Studio, was faced with a top floor apartment in a 1950’s, yellow-brick block of units in the harbourside suburb of Manly in Sydney, he decided to strip the interior back to a shell and create a crisp, calm, sophisticated space with a sense of warmth to evoke the nearby beach.

Key to achieving this vision was the use of Tongue & Groove engineered European oak floorboards in Bistre, which features limed blonde tones with hints of soft grey. The slender Piccolo boards have been used throughout the living, kitchen, and dining areas, adding an element of pared-back Scandinavian style to the fit-out.

The flooring provided an elegant canvas for the rest of the interior,” says architect John Deuchrass. “Because we worked on a palette of layering different tones and textures, it helped contribute to a calm, soft space with the durability and longevity we were after.”

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The key focus in this open living area is a bespoke banquette-style dining table. The table top is crafted from American oak, and to ensure the table seamlessly matched the floor, Deuchrass used Tongue & Groove boards to craft the legs of the table.

The result appears to be an impressive solid block of timber that harmoniously works with the rest of the colour palette.

Given the small footprint of the retro apartment, practical and functional elements were essential. The rendered walls are used as a backdrop for refined cabinetry that hides the everyday essentials, and floating joinery units sitting atop slender brass legs add ample storage that remains visually light.

“The interior features veneer, cabinetry, stone and brass accents throughout,” says Deuchrass. “The Tongue & Groove flooring gave a lovely, soft coloured backdrop for the rest of the neutral tones to work together.”

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