Making the most of apartments interiors

When Craig Steere Architects were approached by Gary Dempsey Developments to develop the interior concepts for their luxury Taskers Falcon penthouses, we approached the design and material selections with the intent of maximising outward views and developing a timeless palette that would endure ever changing trends.

Often, due to the stacked character of apartment living, internal heights are fixed and consistent between levels.Through simple, pragmatic design strategies such as full height windows and doors, and frameless glass balustrades that blend into the exterior views, the natural daylight is maximised to create a sense of openness and space. Soft materials such as mid-toned timber floors and carpets, clean lines and light paint colour schemes help to further diffuse the daylight deeper into the interiors.

We take these design strategies further; considering the placement and detail of the ceiling services to minimize visual distractions. For these reasons, ceiling recesses conceal curtain tracks, while slim line air conditioning grilles sit inconspicously along the perimeter of the rooms. Reviewing lighting layouts to the specific functions of the rooms allow for fittings to be placed in a deliberate manner that is both functional and aethestically consistent.

In the case of the Falcon Penthouses, we settled on a broad Scandinavian material palette that would easily lend itself to the beach and river side lifestyle, while concurrently maintaining a contemporary look independent of interior trends. Simplicity and minimalism (without being overly minimal and cold) manifest themselves as clean lines within the cabinetry as recessed finger pulls and push catch cupboard systems coupled with low maintenance materials that make cleaning easy. Limiting the colour palette to classic sand and warm honey tones are immediately evocative of the tranquil beachside lifestyle, and provides a subtle backdrop for the occupants’ personal design style. Subtlety in colour palettes are an important consideration, especially when considering resale or rental of a property, as personal design styles differ greatly.

Spatial planning also warrants consideration to ensure the limited floorspace of apartments is effectively utilised. We worked on scaled floor plans and had specific furniture pieces in mind when working out circulation layouts. Having a clear walkway behind couches that face televisions for example, avoids the slight inconvenicence of blocking someone’s viewing of their favourite show. Cavity sliders are another good design strategy to maximise tight spaces (such as walk in robes) as it saves space from having door swings. We have also been able to incorporate a scullery pantry adjacent to the kitchen, offering additional storage and work space. This allows the kitchen to present free of clutter and dishes, when entertaining guests in open plan dining and kitchen layouts.

We’d love to hear from you any questions you might have, or even share your successful design tips for apartment living.

Thank you to Taskers Living and Osprey Photography for the great photos!

Deliberate planning of ceiling services mean they become inconspicuously, and allow the views to come to the forefront

Deliberate planning of ceiling services mean they become inconspicuously, and allow the views to come to the forefront

Limited material palettes to kitchen cabinetry

Limited material palettes to kitchen cabinetry

Full height windows and frameless glass balustrades take full advantage of natural light and external views

Full height windows and frameless glass balustrades take full advantage of natural light and external views

Clean cabinetry lines manifest through recessed finger pulls and hidden push catches

Clean cabinetry lines manifest through recessed finger pulls and hidden push catches

Sand and warm honey tones are evocative of the ocean and river side lifestyle

Sand and warm honey tones are evocative of the ocean and river side lifestyle

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