Houzz Tour: A Luxurious Open-plan Penthouse in Sydney
A total renovation combines natural wood and white walls with sociable spaces to create a contemporary home perfect for enjoying retirement
Before they could move in and enjoy it, however, it needed a complete makeover. As it was, the apartment was a rabbit warren of disconnected rooms that failed to make the most of the stunning views.
‘The strongest motivation for the clients was to create a beautiful, coastal home in which to retire,’ says C+M Studio co-director Christopher Glanville. ‘They wished to create a home to house their large visiting family, with inviting living spaces for entertaining, a big kitchen as the heart of the apartment, a rumpus room and guest room to house the grandchildren, as well as a long dining table for family dinners, without compromising their private living spaces with the master suite and study.’
The designers saw this as an opportunity to juxtapose the warm, open living spaces with smaller, more tranquil private spaces. Using some clever engineering to remove the majority of existing walls, they used a crane to bring in large steel beams to lengthen the spans and create an open, free-flowing living/dining space.
‘The client was immensely happy with the project,’ Glanville says. ‘The finished product was exactly what they had asked for: a simple, beautiful, unique coastal home, with the perfect balance of open, public and tranquil, private spaces.’
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here A couple looking to enjoy retirement with family and friends
Location Sydney, Australia
Designer C+M Studio
Size 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Renovation cost £300,000
The curved timber wall came about because legal requirements meant timber floorboards weren’t an option. ‘We decided we would place them on the wall instead and, using the pre-grooved Mafi boards, we were able to wrap them around the curves of the wall,’ Glanville says. ‘The wall became the focus of the project, and is the major source of warmth and texture in the space.’
‘It was initially a point of contention with the clients. However, after spending time in the boutique hotels of southeast Asia, they were happy to move forward with an open-plan master suite design.’
‘We overcame these issues by using them as an opportunity to change our perspective on the design and explore a range of different options,’ Glanville says. In the case of the shape of the building, it allowed them to explore the use of curves, which became the strongest feature of the design.
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