Architecture, houses, luxury

The Atlantic Seaboard's new Fairmont penthouse is luxury at its finest

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penthouse Residential buildings along the Atlantic Seaboard have long boasted some of the best views and surroundings in Cape Town. But with interiors as beautiful as the recently revamped Fairmont penthouse, we might be persuaded to abandon the outside world completely and indulge indoors year-round. Award-winning South African-based interior design studio Inhouse took on the task of updating this three-bedroomed, double-storey penthouse apartment. We explored its remarkable transformation.

luxury at its finest

penthouse The golden thread is luxury, and marble, glass, steel and wooden elements work together to produce the apartment's sleek aesthetic. Highly reflective surfaces contrast effortlessly with a striking noir background, while contemporary illumination adds warmth. The result is a sophisticated and clean-lined look throughout. A black, curved steel stairwell supported on a bed of dark marble forms a dramatic focal point that augments the colour palette perfectly. Functionality has always been central to Inhouse's work ethic, and the firm hasn't compromised with the open-plan interiors here. As luxe as it is, the space is meant to be used and special attention is given to areas for movement, dining and entertaining. penthouse Departing from the bold scheme in the rest of the penthouse, the bedrooms are light in tone with textured, plush carpets underfoot. Comfortable bed linen offers a soft landing place at the end of the day, keeping the inhabitants' enjoyment firmly in mind. penthousepenthousepenthouse The marble-clad, lighter-hued bathrooms also maximise on the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and bustling Sea Point. penthouse Windows, glass, tiles and reflective surfaces take full advantage of an abundance of natural light, creating a sense of openness.