Dreamtime Australia Design
ARGYLE, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Meghan Edwards -- Interior Design, 12/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
What was once down under in one of the oldest warehouses in Sydney, Australia, has resurfaced as Argyle, a 27,000-square-foot bar and lounge transformed by Dreamtime Australia Design. "We did nothing more than a basic soap-and-water clean for the original timber, in order to preserve the patina," says principal Michael McCann of the two-level space in one of the first buildings in the historic Rocks district to undergo adaptive reuse. That hands-off approach applied to the insertion of custom urinals, too: The four 7-foot-tall freestanding pods of curved and frosted glass, up-lit by halogens, look like a sculpture installation. Nearby, a 15-foot-long trough of frosted-glass washbasins, internally lit by neon tubes, has its polished stainless faucets descending from the ceiling. Party on.
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standout This 1,200-square-foot outpost in the Kohler Design Center is separated into five environments, including a steam shower lined with reclaimed teak, a spa bed, and a jumbo tub enclosed by greenhouse glass.