Drawing from its surrounding context, Campbell Parade Penthouse is reimagined as a robust and textural place of calm, filled with an effortless lightness. Akin Atelier overlays a newly worked floor plan to allow for visual connections internally and to views beyond, while increasing the sense of flow.
Elevated at the top of an existing building in Bondi Beach, Campbell Parade Penthouse is idyllically situated with generous views to the surrounding coast, yet its previous planning felt disconnected and aloof. In developing a more meaningful connection to place, the reworked home is stripped back and opened up to reflect a contemporary occupation where rooms flow into one another and allow a connected series of spaces to act as extensions of one another. Instilling an overarching lightness was key, both in the binding of the home to its location and also in increasing the overall internal volume. Akin Atelier combines warm and textural elements with a unique curation, creating a home of lasting and personalised appeal.
Starting from a newly opened up base, Campbell Parade Penthouse is with planning that radiates out from a centralised kitchen area. The kitchen becomes a core part of the function of the home, as a place to convene and nurture. Each of the surrounding living, dining and master bedrooms then connect outward from this central core, while also being endowed with views toward the coast. In its elevation, the home feels particularly disconnected from the houses below, as its own retreat space and through creating visual connections beyond the building and its bounding walls, becomes an important part of the narrative in connecting to the surrounds.
Combining a textural and natural approach with a light and open series of gestures, the resulting home feels calm and like its own little oasis. Elevating through detailing sees robust textures that would normally only be used in an external environment, then brought inward and used as surface finishes to instil a sense of permanence and resilience. Although kept inside, these elements offer a response to the harsh coastal conditions, but also act to add textural diversity in the process. As a balance to the open blue waters and skies that encase the home, warmer tones are used internally, expanding on the selection of timber and woven elements to anchor the home in place.