A two-bedroom monochrome marvel, a stone’s throw from the leafy, community-focused enclaves of Queen’s Park
Space and light are words that spring to mind as you step inside this penthouse, which once served as a location for photoshoots. The sleek white walls are reminiscent of seamless paper – the go-to backdrop for many shutterbugs – and nod to the building’s past. So does the vaulted ceiling, which draws the eye upwards to where exposed ebony joists command attention and well-angled spotlights scatter light throughout the open-plan living and socialising hub.
Part of a boutique development reimagined by interior designer Tala Fustok, the apartment’s pared-back finish offsets its period bones. History collides with industrial accents, like the black lattice of the Crittall-style doors to the terrace that contribute a cleaned-lined symmetry. Contrasting wooden and Chroma flooring is used to subtly carve up the space into different zones for eating, lounging and cooking.
A matt-black Häcker kitchen competes with the soaring ceiling for attention, with light ricocheting off the surfaces courtesy of a mirrored splashback that adds to the feeling of space. The sense of form and structure that pervades doesn’t detract from the comfort factor, though. A sleek breakfast bar is the perfect spot to linger over a leisurely meal. Or take the party outside to the lawned terrace where you can admire the original brickwork of the building, drink in hand.
There’s a soothing ambiance to the sleeping quarters. A double with tactile wooden headboard is cosy and inviting, but the master suite is the real showstopper – all exposed beams, restored Crittal windows and a freestanding sink-in tub that wouldn’t be out of place in a chic spa hotel. Continue the pampering in the en-suite. Soft lighting adds to the soothing ambiance, while ample storage ensures the space is uncluttered and free of distractions. In the main bathroom, sage green Solus tiles provide an unexpected pop of colour to the monochrome theme and make the large rainfall shower, with Crosswater fittings, even more tempting.