PERFECT STORM by Killing Matt Woods

The concrete bunker with very limited usage of cement

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Dubbed “the concrete bunker” for its deliberate use of rendered finishes, and rejection of ornamentation, this Camperdown apartment for two design professionals was conceived of as an intimate, yet utilitarian environment. Inspired by Brutalism and the local warehouse vernacular, extruded geometries and moody tones result in a minimalist and precise interior.

▼公寓室内空间概览,interior view of the apartment




The project brief called for the re-design of an inner city warehouse conversion in Camperdown, for a couple seeking a minimalist lifestyle with an interior to match. The clients, who work in design-related disciplines, sought to shed their home of unimportant accumulation and create a space free of clutter and visual pollution. Conceived of as a “concrete bunker”, the shell of the apartment has been informed by the designer’s penchant for Brutalist architecture. The principal intent was the creation of a pared back, geometric interior and a celebration of the neighbourhood’s industrial heritage. The west-facing open plan apartment features a custom kitchen and a mezzanine bedroom which overlooks the living room space and small terrace. The loft is flooded with light from a full height, glazed wall, counterbalancing the interior mood, which is intentionally dark and brooding.

▼起居室内一面通高的玻璃墙让充足的阳光萦绕室内,平衡内部深色而令人沉静的空间氛围,the loft is flooded with light from a full height, glazed wall in the living room, counterbalancing the interior mood, which is intentionally dark and brooding


▼家具选择以几何形和柔和色调为主,突显空间整体概念,the furniture selection features geometric forms and a muted palette, underscoring the overall concept

All interior elements have been created as “raw and extruded concrete monoliths”, as seen in the fluted kitchen joinery, curved ceiling forms and the cement-rendered bathroom. A homely “mid-century” touch has been introduced in the form of film-faced plywood and American Oak joinery, brass accents and statement lighting. The furniture selection features geometric forms and a muted palette, underscoring the overall concept.

▼室内元素都被处理为“未经加工而又相互挤压的混凝土体块”,all interior elements have been created as “raw and extruded concrete monoliths”

▼入口、定制厨房、用餐区,entrance, custom kitchen and dinning table

▼墙面及黄铜装饰细节,detail of the wall and brass accents





▼环境友好型饰面材料,a materials palette that is environmentally responsible


This interior eschews the cliched “industrial” warehouse aesthetic and ubiquitous“Sydney” design approach (read: natural / sea side / light, bright and airy), offering a fresh, yet site-specific take on the warehouse conversion category. Great lengths were taken to synthesise client direction and the specificity of the brief with a bold design approach. As a result, de-materialisation is at the core of the concept, and all elements have been reduced to their bare essentials, resulting in a utilitarian, cave-like sanctuary that is also intimate, light-filled and homely. Each design decision has been rooted in a practice of sustainability, resulting in a materials palette that is environmentally responsible (eg VOC-free finishes, strict use of FSC timbers, reduced use of chrome and cement) paired with a construction process that was streamlined to minimise waste.

▼室内使用环境友好型材料,environment-friendly materials are used in this space

▼夹层卧室,mezzanine bedroom



基于可居住式仓库改造的背景,项目可能会很自然地去模仿任何一个优秀的前例。但是,设计师选择忽视大众流行的想法,采取一种独特的设计方法,完美地呈现业主的期望。设计创新体现在设计师巧妙地将功能组成部分简化为简约的几何形体。此外,项目虽然是设计一个混凝土盒子,但在施工过程中几乎没有使用水泥。“坚固的”混凝土部件采用玻璃纤维增强水泥(GRC),比传统的混凝土结构更轻、使用水泥更少;“混凝土饰面”使用法国Wash Porter生产的涂料。公寓的室内设计得以让人们窥见,在一个极度克制和务实的设计策略之下,所能达到的创造力和执行力的水准。

Given the project context of a residential warehouse conversion, it would have been a natural to emulate any of the well-articulated examples in the genre. However, the designer has chosen to ignore the whims of trend, opting for a unique approach that perfectly underscores the clients’ vision. Design innovation is evident in the skillful reduction of the functional components into simple geometric forms that are evocative. In addition, although the brief was a concrete box – remarkably very little cement has been used in its creation. The “solid” concrete elements are Glass Reinforced Cement (GRC) – which has far less weight and cement than traditional concrete techniques – and the “concrete finish”, has been achieved with a French Wash Porter’s Paint. This interior offers a probing look at the level of creativity and execution that can be achieved within a particularly restrained and pragmatic design approach.

▼为了减少水泥使用,“坚固的”混凝土部件采用玻璃纤维增强水泥,the “solid” concrete elements are used Glass Reinforced Cement in order to reduce using cement

▼“混凝土饰面”使用法国Wash Porter生产的涂料,the “concrete finish”, has been achieved with a French Wash Porter’s Paint


▼一层平面图,ground floor plan

▼夹层平面,mezzanine plan

Design: Killing Matt Woods
Builder: Green Anvil Co
Photography: Kat Lu
Styling: Madeline Mcfarlane

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