Quoyle & Associates
Quoyle & Associates was established in 1994. James Quoyle is an architect who strives to create spaces in harmony with his clients’ lives and needs. Dynamic spaces that are grounded by underlying design principles. Spaces imbued with a serenity that invigorates, calms and forges a connection to the environment. The practice started with an alteration and addition to a house in Palm Beach and there have been many houses new and altered; also office fitouts, a factory, a set for a play and gardens designed since. All projects are undertaken with enthusiasm. Sustainability and heritage conservation are areas of special interest.
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Potts Point, 2007
A two bedroom apartment in Byron Hall for a client with an art collection. It required a new kitchen and bathroom and an overhaul of the other rooms to increase the amount of storage and provide an internal laundry. To enhance cohesion, the material palette and colours were limited and inspired by the clients selection of a fabric designed by Josef Hoffmann which is used on the panels behind the bed that conceal out of season storage. Cararra marble is used for all benchtops, The existing terrazzo on the kitchen and bathroom floors was patched and polished and new terrazzo installed on the terrace to match. New lighting, curtains, blinds and shutters – some additional joinery and furniture, including a plinth for a sculpture.
In stages that include the design of the garden, we refurbished a free-standing Victorian house listed as a heritage item. Stage 1 involved painting and turning a bedroom into a family bathroom and a robe and ensuite for the main bedroom. Stage 2 was a new family room and kitchen with an improved connection to the rear garden; accomplished in a pavilion style extension with very high ceilings and details to match the front of the house. The kitchen, with a pantry at one end and a laundry at the other has an island bench with a blackbutt top to match the new floor. At the junction of the new and old parts of the house there is a powder room, store/cellar and study. Stage 3 involved internal reworking of the formal rooms and joinery; stage 4 was the front garden. We are currently working on stage 5, a terrace and shade structure in the rear garden.
East Crescent Street
McMahons Point, 1997
A one bedroom apartment on the top floor of an early twentieth Century Building on the edge of Lavender Bay opposite Luna Park. The principal view was from a narrow verandah off the bedroom. The floor of the verandah was made level with the bedroom and the small ‘walnut shell’ of a study inserted at the far end to improve the proportions. The door and window from the bedroom were amalgamated into one large opening. The external arches were reinstated to match the detail of the other penthouse. The tiles in the bathroom and kitchen are the same to enhance cohesion. The kitchen floor has an ebonised cork floor and one wall is a chalkboard. There are many joinery items, including the bed that make this a very comfortable dwelling.