Property Talk: The Lure of Penthouses

These unique abodes usually offer panoramic, breathtaking views of the city skyline.

Updated on June 30, 2017 10:06 am

Angela Lim

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The rapidly increasing net worth and aspirations of individuals desiring an affluent lifestyle have played major roles in the mushrooming of high-class homes in the sky. Unlike apartments that might be too compact or landed homes that might be too difficult to maintain, penthouses are a good option for the well-heeled who want the space of landed houses but not the hassle of maintaining it.

A double-volume ceiling gives the owner the flexibility to create a mezzanine or a loft deck with tall book shelves that allow for more storage.

Typically located on the top floors of condominium buildings with prestigious addresses and fitted with luxurious top-of-the-line finishing, penthouses are sexy and come with more floor space and loftier ceilings. These unique abodes usually offer panoramic, breathtaking views of the city skyline. In recent times, floor-to-ceiling windows have become a common feature, allowing one to enjoy more natural light and stunning views. These advantages can be enhanced with good interior design and appropriate embellishments.

The colour scheme celebrates the marriage between the interiors and the views.

In one of the triplexes located near the CBD with views of the sky and sea, a neutral ivory base was chosen for the interiors, with punctuations of blue, lavender, and strong purple. The colour scheme celebrates the marriage between the interiors and the views. Structural columns, responsible for holding up the penthouse, become part of a gantry feature or portal, bringing certain sections of the interiors into focus.

Unlike terraces on the ground level, sturdy furniture and planters are needed for roof terraces, given the increased wind speed at higher altitudes.

Unique to most penthouses are double-volume ceilings that give the space a roomier feel. While most of us would agree that additional light and height are a form of luxury, not every penthouse owner knows how to take advantage of these characteristics. For example, a nice chandelier or pendant light draws the eye to a double-volume void.

Structural columns become part of a gantry feature to bring certain sections of the interiors into focus.

Apart from aesthetics, these spaces give the owner the flexibility to create a mezzanine or a loft deck with tall book shelves that allow for more storage.

A private roof terrace offers a fantastic opportunity to create a unique outdoor space. Unlike those on the ground level, roof terraces need to feature sturdy furniture/planters, given the increased wind speed at higher altitudes.

All in, investing in a luxurious penthouse can prove to be a most incredible and rewarding experience.

A double-volume void will look gorgeous with a nice chandelier or pendant light.

Angela Lim is a co-founder of SuMisura, a multiple award-winning interior design firm.

This article originally in The Edge Property.


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