Historic home conversion headlines latest TZG project

Central Element’s conversion of Coogee’s Ballamac House has been submitted for development approval, with Tonkin Zulaikha Greer’s redevelopment of the area creating a new luxury residential area in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

Comprised of eight residences, the Arcadia St property will be painstakingly restored to its 19th century beauty while offering luxury modernist amenities with views of Wedding Cake Island. TZG and Central Element have worked on a range of projects, with the practice’s expertise in restoration and adaptive reuse on show once again.

“Our approach has been to design dramatic and comfortable residences, anchored on Sydney’s dramatic sandstone coastline, that embrace the natural elements and filter the spectacular surroundings,” said TZG Director Tim Greer.

“With the rich history of Coogee de Ballamac and the expertise of Central Element, TZG Architects is creating a new story. The things we look for in our stories as we create them are timeless, rational and beautiful, but the things you remember are the little moments of wonder and delight that stay with you long after you’re gone.

Each residence has three bedrooms with rooftop apartments and a penthouse spread over two levels. A new addition in the form of an apartment will contain six residences above the existing accommodation, with the existing accommodation comprising two. The interior and exterior walls of the Ballamac house will be preserved, as well as the original fireplaces, mantels and decorative ceilings. The old wrap-around veranda will also be reinstated.

The addition will feature sandstone walls ensuring its congruence with the existing. The new apartments will include luxurious residences as well as a common outdoor area. JILA will take care of the landscape architecture, which includes a plunge pool and an array of green plantings.

“Ballamac House is a landmark project for Central Element and is set to have a lasting impact on the famed beach lifestyle of one of Sydney’s most sought-after addresses,” said Nathan Chivas, Managing Director of Central Element.

“The building’s heritage and famous history will be preserved as we transform the former residence and add other luxury living spaces that will provide an elevated lifestyle dimension to the historic site.”

The former family estate and apartment block will hopefully begin a new chapter in its history in the years to come, with delivery scheduled for 2024.

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