Flying High Over Bondi
In a first for Luigi Rosselli Architects the camera has left the ground to pan over the penthouse additions to a classic Art Deco style apartment block built in the late 1920s.
The penthouse’s defining feature is a bow window in the corner of the building facing the intersection of the street that reaches out to create a dialogue with the passers-by in the avenue below.
The bow window is also reminiscent of windows found in the Captain’s Quarters at the stern of historic ships; borrowing from naval architecture was appropriate for the seaside location of Bondi Beach.
The penthouse is separated from the existing brick unit block by a concrete slab and spandrel, this is a fire protection requirement. A wave of metal roofing conceals the upper level of the penthouse from the street.
The wave dovetails towards the view, culminating in a balcony, of which two were designed but only one was allowed by the Council. Source by Luigi Rosselli.
Location: Bondi Beach, Australia
Architect: Luigi Rosselli
Project Architect: Carl Rutherfoord, Blake Letnic
Structural Consultant: Rooney & Bye Pty Ltd
Council: Waverley Council
Joiner: Frilingos Commercial interiors
Windows: Lindsay Almond Glass and Aluminium Pty Ltd
Builder: Groundup Building Pty Ltd
Shutters: Shutters Australia Pty Ltd
Drone Video Footage: Groundcontrol
Photographs: Edward Birch, Courtesy of Luigi Rosselli