An award-winning warehouse conversion in Sydney's inner west

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Words and styling: Andrea Jones

This slick warehouse in St Peters boasts a James Bond-style sunken theatre for movie nights with friends.

This slick warehouse in St Peters boasts a James Bond-style sunken theatre for movie nights with friends. Photo: Jennifer Soo

The home  A former warehouse in a narrow, graffiti-filled street in St Peters, in Sydney's inner west. When the owners moved in, it was "a dark dump that felt like a car park". Last month, the remodelled building won a prize for residential architecture at the 2015 NSW Architecture Awards. 

Who lives here  Jewellery designer Emma Swann, her husband, Paul, creative partner at an advertising agency, and their wheaten terrier, Albear.

What we did  "We want it to be flooded with light and have some beautiful lines and curves," was Emma's brief to architect Reg Lark. They also wanted a semi-circular TV screening room. "It was Paul's idea. He wanted that James Bond vibe. The architect almost had a heart attack when we said we wanted it sunken and we wanted a curved wall." 

The main living area features a suspended fireplace and a wall of pictures. "It's a very lived-in space,” says Emma, whose jewellery studio is on the glass-balustraded mezzanine. Click for more photos

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This award-winning warehouse boasts clean lines and a James Bond-style sunken theatre, for movie nights with friends. Photo: Jennifer Soo

Favourite room  "My workshop," says Emma. "The light here is so beautiful."  

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The 'hood  "I love being so close to Sydney Park" says Emma. "I take my dog there every day for his walk and puppuccino. We also have lots of makers and designers as neighbours."

Future plans  "We're installing a feature wall of stacked firewood to lift the dead space at the far end of living space." The wood arrived unscheduled the day before our visit and can be seen as a sculptural pile in the courtyard.

Words and styling by Andrea Jones