Inside Sydney’s Most Beautiful Underground Garage
— 5 September 2023

Inside Sydney’s Most Beautiful Underground Garage

— 5 September 2023
Garry Lu
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Garry Lu

As the children of a local family approached driving age, the parents quickly realised there was simply no space on-site for any additional vehicles. Their solution? Building a garage below ground (which would soon prove to be Sydney’s most beautiful).

Instead of designing your standard brutalist car park with an abundance of concrete and little regard for internal aesthetics, architect Angela Kent from Kenström Design opted for something… alternative. The result is what you see before you: halfway between a luxury showroom and where Bruce Wayne would keep his Batmobile.

Kent aimed for a warm and calming atmosphere that would transition well to the rich, traditional detailing inside the house. While softening the harshness of dark walls with wooden battens is a relatively routine procedure for Kent, at one point, she was worried that utilising organic materials underground would provoke mould, given the space is deprived of natural light.

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The answer to her problem was found in Japanese-made aluminium battens with a photorealistic timber finish — thereby providing the effect of timber without the potential issues of using natural wood.

A true Portland cement-based concrete terrazzo overlay replaced traditional floor tiles, enabling the builders to achieve a virtually joint-free surface. This concrete floor combined with the aluminium battens creates an elegant appeal that doesn’t compromise on practicality. Essentially, it’s low maintenance and stunning, the way a luxury garage should be.

Inside Sydney's Most Beautiful Underground Garage
Inside Sydney's Most Beautiful Underground Garage

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Kent ditched the reflective, glossy surfaces of traditional showrooms and selected LED strip lights to be fitted behind the wall battens at the skirting, to provide a soft glow throughout the entire space. The lighting design highlights the curvature of the walls and lines of the battens, ridding the entire area of its former industrial atmosphere.

With immense consideration given to every aspect, this garage represents the perfect intersection of contemplated simplicity and thoughtful materials. The most unfortunate part about all this is that it’s hidden underground, away from the public.

Check out the rest of the gallery below (courtesy of The Local Project).

Inside Sydney's Most Beautiful Underground Garage
Inside Sydney's Most Beautiful Underground Garage
Inside Sydney's Most Beautiful Underground Garage
Garry Lu
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After stretching his legs with companies such as The Motley Fool and the odd marketing agency, Garry joined Boss Hunting in 2019 as a fully-fledged Content Specialist. In 2021, he was promoted to News Editor. Garry proudly retains a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black bruises from Muay Thai, as well as a black belt in all things pop culture. Drop him a line at [email protected]

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