Warehouse conversions have always excited me. I think it’s the combination of their rich history and the inevitable industrial tinge – there’s something infinitely appealing to me about the ‘soft industrial’ design style spearheaded by Megan Morton in Home Love. This week’s post is on The Reynell Terraces, so named as they have been built out of a 1913 warehouse known as the Walter Reynell & Sons building at The Rocks.
Timber beams are probably the most characteristic aspect of conversions – while strong and structural, they somehow don’t overwhelm converted warehouse spaces (which I find can be a risk with timber). This is probably due to the immense proportions of many formerly industrial spaces – high ceilings and solid columns temper the beams, which become the unifying feature of many converted places.
The Kann Finch Group, the architects, have infused modernity into the terraces by decking them out with lavish finishes, including Zimbabwe black granite benchtops, glass balustrades, Miele appliances and Carrara marble.
The terraces are strata titled, so they walk the line between house and apartment. That being said, from my knowledge there are very few properties in The Rocks precinct and surrounds that have torrens title.
It’s difficult to say too much as the pictures speak for themselves: compellingly pretty, the terraces achieve contemporary luxury while retaining an intriguing link to Sydney’s industrial history. They’re testament to the transformation of The Rocks, which held an entirely different role and demographic at the time that the original building was erected.