Refinery House served as CSR Sugar’s office headquarters from the 1890s and today has been transformed into a stunning luxury home. Set within the dynamic New Farm neighbourhood, this heritage-listed residence offers elegant living combined with a modern interior design aesthetic.
Modern design elements complement and enhance the original building’s features and character. The kitchen was designed around the existing brick chimney, with a stainless-steel island and worktop built around it. The downdraft cooktop accommodates the original window above the back worktop.
The central illuminated bar is an anchor in the space, serving to reinforce the building’s purpose and inviting guests to explore. An innovative floor of dark stained and recycled timber boards echoes the industrial past while asserting a new rhythm to the interior plane.
THE PLAY OF LIGHT & DARK
The old and new come together to create a harmonious composition. The reflective modern surfaces mirror and enhance the tones and texture of the heritage elements. Existing window openings are infilled in concrete block, reflecting the honesty of intervention typical to the project.
“The honesty of the insertion and the juxtaposition between inserted elements, the base building and the stitching repair works offers an exciting combination of elements. The stainless and waxed steel joinery elements are amongst the most expertly executed we’ve seen.”
Chris McCue, Managing Director, Carr