For this three bedroom, double story penthouse in Cape Town, it’s hard to choose whether our favorite bit is the beautiful ocean views, or the striking spiral staircase! The metallic elements and the chic design are in balance throughout the house. Let’s take a look.
The project started with a completely blank canvas. Inhouse Director Aidan Hart describes that “it was a gray, bare concrete box!”
Having taken the project through from line drawings, design phase and right through to handing over keys to the apartment, the Inhouse team had a lot of freedom for the ambience and final look of the penthouse apartment. Looking to create something sophisticated and suitable for entertaining guests, the designers opted for a deep and striking color palette in the open plan areas of the home. At the entrance we’re given dark and masculine tones, with hints of metallic finish. Whereas the private areas are lighter, and more delicate.
Rich colors create a dramatic look and feel to this apartment. Textured plush carpets are balanced with fascinating rippled marble. Glass, wood, metal and stone all play a part in creating the luxe look.
“The materiality of stone, timber and steel work well together to create an opulent and modern style,” — Phillip Wyatt, fellow Director at InHouse
In the bedrooms, the dark colors ease way to lighter delicate browns and blues. The master bedroom features a walk-in wardrobe, and a rich carpet. Bed linen is soft and comfortable, creating the perfect spot to relax at the end of the day.
For a good walk-in closet, it’s useful when you can see the clothes without too much searching. In this home the glass doors make it easy to look, and there are plenty of drawers as well as space for hanging clothes. Another essential of course, is good lighting! The wardrobes contain interior lighting too. Meanwhile in the rest of the bedroom the recessed lighting is soothing.
A fully stocked kitchen isn’t complete without a wine cellar. Using black tones, the kitchen matches the dark and sophisticated tone set from the entryway.
“To illuminate the space, modern architectural lighting in steel boxes was combined with pedant fixtures and recessed LED lighting in ceiling troughs. LED lighting has also been placed throughout the joinery.”
For the joinery and ceilings, sustainable timber was used. Combining this with the beautiful marble finish for cladding and on the floors, we’re offered a luxurious collection of materials.
While the bathrooms and bedrooms have floor to ceiling windows, the balcony too makes the best use of the views over the South Atlantic Ocean.
Perhaps the most striking feature of this penthouse apartment is the black spiral staircase which allows inhabitants to make their way to the rooftop for stunning Sea Point views. The body of the stairs is constructed from strongly curved steel, coated in black. It sits on top of a marble plinth, which carefully matches other elements in the room for a cohesive feel to the penthouse.
The stairwell was designed to “make the journey to this area of the apartment more profound, thanks to the introduction of a sculptural element,” explains Hart. As you can see, its bold appearance contributes strongly to the sense of style and singularity that pervades the penthouse.
As you can see in the above image, the high ceilings really give the apartment a strong sense of style and depth. The marble and timber provide a dark contrast to the lighter brown marble flooring. The demarcated zones ensure that open plan works well, providing plenty of space while also maintaining a sense of warmth and privacy.
Overall, the Fairmont Penthouse provides a sophisticated feel with handsome interiors. The balance of gold light with darker, black marble and metallic provides a rich experience. The Inhouse team have created a stunning place for entertaining, and framing the perfect view.
Can you decide whether you prefer the whisky room or the spiral staircase more? Let us know in the comments below.