Soon after years of condominium dwelling overseas, Koala solution designers Alexandra Owen and James Whitta were trying to find a properly-developed condominium to settle in Sydney. They came throughout a medium-density development in Alexandria in 2021 that was nearing completion, and speedily scooped up just one of the remaining residences.
‘There are so quite a few compromised and poorly set with each other apartment complexes in Sydney, and this construct is certainly an antidote to the soulless high-rise craze,’ suggests Alexandra. ‘After living in Europe, we truly like apartment living and acquired that you can fortunately exist in these areas if they are very well built with people in thoughts.’
The developing is made up of 18 residences, and was developed by SJB to offer you focus to depth, indoor-out of doors dwelling, and generous proportions. ‘I like to say they are house-like sizes that rejoice condominium living—showing you really do not want a large piece of land to dwell spaciously with a wonderful out of doors region,’ states Alexandra.
Total-height doors vanish into the wall cavity to expose the outdoor area off the residing place, with terrazzo floors underneath that seamlessly increase from the interiors.
Alexandra and James set their individual stamp on the condominium by portray the residing spaces in Porter’s Paint Rubble, and the main bed room in Porter’s Paints Frozen, which mirror the apartment’s assertion marble accents. In addition to the kitchen area island bench and rest room vanity, this marble characteristics in a tiny nook space the place Alexandra commences each and every early morning. ‘With fluted glass and normal light-weight, it is the ideal put to get completely ready in the early morning although acquiring a espresso,’ she says.
The couple’s home furnishings and decor has been sourced from all in excess of the world—from Denmark, to Poland, France, and China—to reflect the several levels of their functioning and own lives. An Ikea ‘Randig Banana’ print (created in the ‘80s by Alexandra’s former mentor) reminds the pair of their time functioning for Ikea in Sweden items by New Zealand artists reference their heritage the Akari Noguchi lamps were being acquired from the first showroom in Tokyo though travelling and the couple’s initially Koala designs—the Getaway Sofa and the Shear Bliss Rug— are proudly on exhibit. These latter items characterize the intentionally ‘Australian’ aesthetic and approach the pair have worked to create at Koala over the previous two yrs.
Alexandra points out, ‘We have been generally annoyed in the previous performing for Australian providers that revered European/worldwide tradition more than our personal. A decade in the past, Australians have been a little embarrassed of their society and style and design, and I could never recognize why no one particular would embrace how gorgeous Australia’s landscape, way of life and individuals ended up.’
Both equally at operate and residence, Alexandra and James have embraced Australia’s uniqueness in their assortment of colours, components and finishes. ‘This has unquestionably demonstrated up in our condominium with the Australian palette: sunshine-kissed tones, earthy naturals, and vibrant colour pops,’ states Alexandra.
Altogether, the condominium is a complex, personalised house in the heart of Alexandria. ‘I adore sitting down on the couch in the living area with the doors open up and songs on,’ James says. ‘It is certainly my pleased place.’