Repurposed and renovated buildings are some of my favourite streetscapes to look upon. To me, there is not much more exciting than giving new meaning and life to unexpected spaces around a city.
In Brisbane, the Teneriffe Woolstore Apartments are a beautiful example of this. With due respect and highlight to history, blending modern architecture into the the authentic features of the buildings, Teneriffe is one of the most sought after areas to live in Brisbane.
Interior designer Jaime Muller lives in an apartment on Macquarie St, with her husband Darren, and their two delightful children Harvey and Ada. Her home is welcoming and stylish. I have visited Jaime here for many cups of tea, parties and gatherings, and have loved it every time. As they are selling the property I thought it time to capture the beauty of the building and the essence of what has made it their home for so long.
First purchased in 2009, Jaime and Darren have called this beautiful place home on and off for a number of years. But family has increased in number, and so their space must too accordingly.
Jaime being an artist and designer, fell in love with the architecture, in particular the high ceilings and three arched windows. Some of Brisbane's tram tracks used to run right underneath where we sit in the conservatory space, between the archways forming the exterior of the building, and original windows of the building, which have been kept within the apartment.
Jaime would have loved to redo the arch windows with cedar frames, but as circumstances often do, they have not allowed that project to go ahead. At almost 200sqm, the apartment has such generous living space, and people have often said they could turn the conservatory into two rooms. But to her, the triple arches are the most significant feature. Splitting this up with a wall would break the the sacred rule of thirds, and although I think rules should sometimes be broken, in this case, I totally agree that it should stand. These beautiful windows allow natural light to flood all the way into the apartment. Many of the other occupancies enjoy only a single large rectangular window, and the ground floor are the only apartments to have arched windows. This makes this space a really unique design within the building.
They have undertaken a few other renovations though. Originally, the apartment had just two bedrooms, but they've created a third bedroom by putting in extra partitions and glass. This maximises the potential for sale, and opens it up to a market of people with slightly larger families or requirements for room.
“I don’t think I have a particular style. I have too many personalities. The designer in me wants mid century and minimal, the artist in me wants rich textures and bohemian, but if I lived in a concrete floor warehouse, I’d fill it with pop art and bold crazy pieces. I just love beauty and good design, which can happen in any particular style”
Jaime Muller Interior Designer
Words and photography by Jade Goulding
[Update: This home was sold in 2014]