Collette Dinnigan Designed 45 Luxe Sydney Apartments — You’ll Want to Move in ASAP

8th June , 2016

Collette Dinnigan Designed 45 Luxe Sydney Apartments — You’ll Want to Move in ASAP

  • As featured on POPSUGAR
  • 7 June, 2016
  • Photography by Felix Forest and Golf House

It’s become a bit of a thing to have star interior designers and famous architects be the draw-card for selling off-the-plan apartments. Lately, several of these interiors stars are former fashion editors. Alex Perry lent his style to a hotel and apartment complex in Brisbane last year, and this new Surry Hills building is one of several property projects Collette Dinnigan has worked on since 2013 — when she took a step back from her fashion label.

Golf House, as the Surry Hills residential development is called, went to market late last month but is not scheduled for completion until April 2018. The design, which comprises of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments (ranging from $1.15 to $2.8 million) over seven storeys, is the result of a collaboration between Collette and architect Peter Israel, of PTI Architecture.

The personality and village vibe of Surry Hills has been an important influence for Peter. “There are so many aspects of Surry Hills that have inspired us; the earthy quality of Surry Hills, the use of brickwork and the simple symmetrical forms which proliferate Surry Hills. That traditional warehouse style of architecture fits perfectly with creating a home,” he said.

True to the warehouse tradition, brick, copper and timber are the main materials used on the Golf House exterior. “We laboured over the details that take an apartment from just being a space, to being a home full of warmth and character,” Peter said. “The copper detailing on the façade will have a strong, bold presence but it’s the layout and flow of the residences that capture the natural light and the city views that create the joy we want this building to provide.”

The apartments themselves definitely have the feel of being designed from the inside out, with living space and flow being the number one priority. While it’s quite a wait for the completion date, have a peek at what’s to come from the below pictures taken of the sales suite.


The plan is to have restaurants and cafes move into the ground floor — ideal, because as a rule of Surry Hills living, your apartment needs to be less than 50 metres from a barista.

“We spent hours meticulously planning the design and layout of each of the residences. It was important for us to create a liveable, contemporary home ensuring each apartment has space to relax and entertain,” Collette said about planning the property with Peter Israel.


“What comes to me very naturally is space and proportion and colour and light,” said Collette, who spoke to Domain during a quick visit to Sydney (she is spending a year in Rome with her family).

“It feels like a lot of developments these days get a very generic look. I didn’t want that. I spent a lot of time doing the flow of the residences and making sure when you walked through the door you felt like you were walking into a space that was welcoming.”

We love the colour scheme and how the selected art really ties in with the furnishings.


Carrara marble benchtops and splashbacks feature in the kitchens and bathrooms, as does state-of-the-art Miele appliances.


Of Collette’s styling, Peter said, “She’s brought a point of difference to all other properties you’ll see on the market. She has her own very sensitive, feminine and unique way of seeing what a home should be.”


That bedhead! That rug! Collette has curated one of the most peaceful bedrooms we’ve ever seen.


Much of the artwork, including these two etchings, was sourced locally from Olsen Irwin in Woollahra.


The mirror-front vanity means lots of storage space and all the showers have trendy frameless screens.

The residence-only tranquil roof deck is north-facing, which means it will get all the sunshine and have a beautiful view over Hyde Park and the city.

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