One of Sydney’s more interesting heritage buildings has received the luxury inner city treatment from Josephine Hurley, a young Australian architect who was commissioned to work on the iconic Edwards & Co. building in the heart of Surry Hills. Originally the Edwards Tea factory, the building was later converted into offices and apartments and Hurley has transformed the top-floor office into a striking two-level living space.
The former advertising office is now a 300sq metre apartment and Hurley used the existing building structure to inform the design choices. There’s an emphasis on exposed brick and timber and a minimalistic colour palette that allows the original architecture to shine through. The old caretaker flat on the building’s roof has even become a stylish guest bedroom that opens out onto an open air deck.
It’s one of a number of impressive Sydney-based projects designed by Hurley and strikes a perfect balance between history and innovation.