Queensland Penthouse by CJH Studio

CJH Studio achieve penthouse perfection with this serene apartment redesign on the Queensland coast.

Every now and again an apartment that reimagines the potential of a penthouse comes along, like this beautifully-modernised beachside apartment in Queensland by CJH Studio.

Built in the late 1980s, the home had remained mostly untouched in the decades since. Purchased by a small but growing family, the design brief emphasised creating space and practicality with limited planning alterations. Add in the quick design period requirement, short build time, existing structural inflexibility and CJH Studio’s interstate location and it’s even more remarkable that the finished project excels in establishing a pared-back, renewed and confident family home.

The Stelton White EM77 Vacuum Jug, designed by Erik Magnussen sits on the kitchen bench. The &Tradition Formakami JH3 and &Tradition Formakami JH5 by Jaime Hayon draw focus to the dining table.

The minimal and soothing material palette is both a foil to the home’s Queensland surrounds and a strong nod to its original building era. The travertine flooring was retained and restored, while the addition of new internal glass bricks pays homage to the building’s original foyer.

Soft curves and modernity begin with the incredible staircase, offset throughout the home and balanced with clean lines, creamy tones and an abundance of natural light, thanks to the striking double-height void and mezzanine.

The dining room features the Le Corbusier No. B9 Chair by Thonet.

The Flos 265 Wall Lamp designed by Paolo Rizzatto for Flos and King Living Zaza Sofa are showcased in the living room.

Using their expert eye for curation, CJH Studio completely refurbished the interior. Continuing the natural palette with touches of linen and oak, CJH Studio made key contemporary design acquisitions like the Flos 265 lamp by Paolo Rizzatto, Pumpkin Armchair for Ligne Roset and the Thonet Bentwood chairs to add personality.

Custom joinery offers the residents a place to showcase special pieces, while concealed storage provides space for both the practical and delightful. And of course, the inclusion of Linear Standard pieces – designed by CJH Studio principal Cassie James-Herrick – add polish and sophistication to even the smallest details, ensuring the timeless style of this penthouse for years to come.

This piece originally appeared in est magazine issue 35.

The master ensuite features the Vivid Twin Shower by Phoenix Tapware and the Linear Standard Curve Pull on the cabinetry.

melia rayner

Melia is the Managing Editor of Est Living. She is an experienced copywriter, editor and content strategist working primarily with the design, technology and culture sectors. Alongside her role at Est, Melia is also the Senior Communications Strategist for Melbourne communications and PR agency Character, and a freelance writer and editor.

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