Large barn doors, in keeping with the semi-industrial character of the building, were added to the entertaining floor, so that the different areas, which include a bar and home theatre, could be separated as required. Wood and milled steel feature on these doors, and on most of the other built-in cabinetry in the building.
"It's a very simple material palette," says Hawley. "The architecture provides the texture, with the wood and steel adding to the patina."
Interior designer Shelly Neal of McNeal & Friends worked closely with the owners on the choice of furnishings for the interior. To break up the huge expanse of the main living area, the furniture was grouped in key areas, some of these defined by large area rugs.
Here, also, the palette is simple, with warm neutrals, natural materials and strong textural elements complementing the tone and texture of the brickwork and timber. And there is a visual softness to the form of the furniture pieces that balances the strong lines of the architecture, without detracting from the heritage character.
Some furnishings, such as the I-beam light fixtures above the bar, were custom designed to provide an appropriate visual weight to the space.
Other key features of the refurbishment include a porch with a fire door-style window that can be raised to open up the space to the street. There is also a rooftop terrace with barbecue facilities.