A penthouse must be, by definition, luxurious, exclusive and spectacular. In New York, where the idea of penthouse apartment living was born (its open-floor plan borrowed from the way artists lived in converted warehouses in the 1960s and 1970s), penthouses have become the domain of the super-rich, with vast square footage and over-the-top amenities for billionaires with more money than taste. But, in Dublin, the country’s highest penthouse is a less ostentatious yet no less luxurious affair, designed for discerning high-fliers who expect up-to-the-minute modern amenities and no sacrificing of the finer details.
Perched on the top floor of the glass and brick 22-storey Capital Dock Residence on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, this one-of-a-kind double-height space is fresh and minimal and beautifully finished, with carefully chosen furniture and filmic views – an elegant backdrop for residents to express their personal taste, display their possessions and hang their artworks. The living and dining area is subtly glamorous, the serene palette combining blue, grey, coffee and parchment to echo the ever-visible sky and ever-changing riverscape. A winter garden off the dining area lends the penthouse an airy indoor/outdoor quality – the feel of an outside space but protected from the elements. Twenty-two floors up, on a sunny day, it’s crystal clear outside and when the floor to ceiling windows are peeled back, the penthouse is bathed in sunlight and all you can hear is silence. The thrum of the bustling capital is far below. At night, the penthouse becomes an elegant and relaxing cocoon, from the windows the capital is viewed in a whole new light: a dynamic showreel of buildings, bridges and streets bathed in multicoloured twinkling lights.
Developed by international firm, Kennedy Wilson, whose expertise is in the stylishly finished residential-to-rent market, the O’Mahony Pike Architects-designed Capital Dock Residence sets a precedent for high living with a fully hotel-style concierge residence with on-the-spot management and maintenance. It’s likely to attract those who choose to rent rather than buy in the city, who have a taste for luxury living and who like to be close to the city centre, perhaps those from overseas who have moved for demanding jobs and for whom convenience, comfort and a concierge service is invaluable. Residents of the top penthouse, two lower penthouses and the one-, two- and three-bed apartments will avail of lifestyle-enhancing perks like a beautiful daylight gym, private cinema and games room as well as private residents’ lounges (both sociable and quiet options available) and a chef’s kitchen and dining room for entertaining on a grander scale. There are expansive communal outdoor terraces for gathering over a drink, or to have a coffee in the fresh air. For those who work from home, there’s a fully equipped business suite with meeting rooms and desk pods. A neighbouring block, East Lofts, is pet-friendly and, with lots of open riverside space around, it’s not a stretch to see how owners of small to medium size dogs – and of course their feline friends – might just love the location.
This part of the city in south docklands has its own bricks and mortar buzz about it. The financial and tech firms are brimming with workers from the US and Europe who love its proximity to bars and restaurants, theatres and clubs. But with the penthouse’s stunning panoramas of the city – from the Liffey to Samuel Beckett Bridge, over Grand Canal Dock, Hanover Quay and Dublin Port, to the Aviva stadium and beyond – the ultimate amenity is the view.
On bed, blankets and square cushions; all Stable, Westbury Mall, Dublin 2. Duvet cover; flat sheet; pillowcases; all Hotel Classic collection by Frette 1860, at Bottom Drawer at Brown Thomas Dublin. Lamp, Oluce; armchair, B&B Italia; both at Minima. Print by Sean Shanahan at Stoney Road Press.
The leather Alf bed from Minima is dressed with blanket, duvet cover, flat sheet and pillowcases; all Hotel Classic collection by Frette 1860, at Bottom Drawer at Brown Thomas Dublin. Sheepskin rug, at Inreda, RHA, Ely Place, Dublin 2. Lamps, at Rock Hill Interiors, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Prints by Dorothy Cross, at Stoney Road Press.
A large piece, (2009), by Patrick Scott, from Stoney Road Press, hangs above the Alf cabinet from Minima.
The winter garden with two works by Patrick Scott from Stoney Road Press.
The open plan kitchen with large piece by Patrick Scott from Stoney Road Press.
The penthouse living space with soaring ceilings and exposed brick walls. Surrounding the cocktail table by Rimadesio is a sofa by Papadatos; velvet chairs by Monti. The rug is by Ege and side table by Anto, the floor lamp by Alf. All at Minima, The Waterfront, Hanover Quay, Dublin 2.
The entrance hall with Crittal doors. Zeus console from Minima, sculpture (2007) by Patrick Scott; prints by Richard Gorman from Stoney Road Press.
Double sinks and Italian tiles in the ensuite; super-pile towels, Abyss, at Bottom Drawer at Brown Thomas Dublin.
Photographs by Luke White
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