Delightful Penthouse Extension by Pleysier Perkins in Armadale, Victoria, Australia

Armadale Penthouse was recently completed by Pleysier Perkins Architects for a young family with three children.

A sculptural spiral staircase with a spectacular circular skylight leads into what feels like a detached world of light and views. Glimpses of roof tops, trees and the city are present from every room, whilst maintaining a sense of privacy. A simple palette of timber, natural stone and soft whites and greys creates a warm and relaxed environment to the penthouse addition and cleverly designed and beautifully crafted joinery accommodates all the intended uses (reading, sleeping, working) whilst creating an abundance of storage space and hiding services.

Externally the sharp and pristine black penthouse addition, intentionally clad in stark contrast to its rough cousin, sits atop the existing cement rendered warehouse building. Internally it was crucial to preserve the ‘old’ renovation’s gallery feel, so existing slot skylights and double height voids were maintained and additional structure sensitively inserted. Only a fresh lick of paint and a lighter varnish to the timber floorboards brought the ‘old part’ from more than 12 years ago up to standard with the new (thanks to our signature approach to keep interiors simple and timeless).

Photography: Michael Kai