This penthouse apartment is situated in an original Bondi Beach apartment block overlooking arguably one of the world’s most iconic beaches.
As with most original buildings along Bondi Beach, we were presented with a complex & disjointed layout with a great amount of disconnect between key living spaces which we wanted to resolve, allowing us to realise a scheme that would bring light & views into almost every room of the home. We developed an entirely new scheme and stripped the space back to an empty shell.
The new plan reads as a series of spaces pinwheeling off the central kitchen with the lounge, dining, and master bedroom all opening out to incredible views. The kitchen, lounge & dining is essentially one volume with 180 degree views of Bondi Beach. The master bedroom opens to the wardrobe & vanity, with a separate volume for the bathroom that flows on from the master wardrobe & vanity.
Simplicity in materials was pivotal in creating a neutral backdrop to the ever-present and ever-changing view. The material palette focuses on textures that hold a rough, worn, outdoor feel to them giving a sense of being outside even when you’re not.
We used a singular flooring finish of large-format Calcetta limestone tile – which is an outdoor paver - throughout the home, which have been tumbled to look and feel like they’re 100 years old. This hard flooring is softened with vintage rugs.
Hand troweled micro-cement is used in the kitchen and living spaces to give a hand-feel to otherwise refined architectural elements including the range-hood & fireplace plinth.
For the rooms away from the north-eastern façade – primarily the bathrooms, we have included skylights as apertures of light to brighten these otherwise darker areas of the home.
And furthered that feeling of a nuanced and worn-in space, by balancing the new with the old, sourcing vintage rugs & furniture for certain spaces within the room. While every surface of this space is brand new, we didn’t want the home to impart that mood, so opted for materials, finishes and furniture that suggest a worn, hand-feel expression.