Penthouse One by Lawless & Meyerson

  • Following our AIDA 2019 shortlist preview of Lawless & Meyerson’s Sydney penthouse, we’re taking an in-depth look at how its streamlined interiors have left the seventies behind.

    When we’ve got our eye out for a polished Sydney apartment, we look to Lawless & Meyerson. It may have been some time since we’d explored their residential work, but we can affirm it was worth the wait for their recently completed Penthouse One.

    We were quick to call out the penthouse’s front-row seats of the Sydney Harbour and clean-lined interiors in our AIDA 2019 Residential Design shortlist feature. But we soon realised Lawless & Meyerson’s work demanded some extra attention. Join us on a tour of their substantial renovation that leaves no trace of the 1970s penthouse that once was, maximising light, the leafy surrounds and inner-city locale.

    It’s understandable that when you’ve got panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, you want to keep things simple and unadorned. Lawless & Meyerson have made every effort to meet this brief within the 320m2 space, with an interior that does not detract from the view or its feeling of being among the treetops.

    Lawless & Meyerson achieved this through a simple, considered arrangement of spaces within the existing footprint, careful to only change what was necessary in the layout. This included expanding the master suite to incorporate a large ensuite and robe and opening up the spaces from north to south allowing for natural cross ventilation. That’s all within a four-month timeframe from design, documentation to building.

    Striking, robust materials and a consistent handful of finishes are the defining characteristics of Penthouse One. A dark grey veneer was used for the (extremely inviting) bar and storage, the entry doors and the kitchen, while Superwhite marble is the crowning jewel of the kitchen. The material palette also includes sandblasted stainless steel bench tops and splash back, bronze cabinetry overhead and white wire-brushed veneer for the living room joinery and bedrooms.

    In the bathroom and powder room different sized marble create a real sense of luxury underfoot, with the large stone slab bench tops and porcelain-tiled walls. To complete the modern interiors, Lawless & Meyerson have concealed anything that doesn’t need to be visible.

    Naturally, when a brief calls for objects aligning with contemporary penthouse design, the likes of Minotti, HENRYTIMI available at vboaustralia and Michael Verheyden take precedence in the home. These names have been mixed with Viabizzuni lighting from vboaustralia, objects from Salvatori and the clients own pieces.

    A number of considered elements have culminated in a penthouse that does a lot with less, extremely well. It’s something we think it should really be shouting from the rooftops, along with its award nomination.

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