A new LUXURY PENTHOUSE – in the country’s tallest docklands residence – has show-stopping vistas and top-tier amenities …
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.
The winter garden with two works from the Meditations series (2007) by Patrick Scott from Stoney Road Press.
The entrance hall, with spectacular view through the super-chic Crittal doors to the living space. On the Zeus console from Minima, is a sculpture (2007) by Patrick Scott; above the console, a pair of woodblock prints by Richard Gorman from Stoney Road Press.
The open plan kitchen.
The master bedroom with far-reaching views has a dressing area behind the floating wall. The leather Alf bed from Minima is dressed with Grey Chains virgin wool blanket; white superking duvet cover with ash grey two-line border; flat sheet; Oxford pillowcases; square pillowcases; all Hotel Classic collection by Frette 1860, at Bottom Drawer at Brown Thomas Dublin. Sheepskin rug, at Inreda, RHA, Ely Place, Dublin 2. White marble bedside lamps with natural rectangular shades, both at Rock Hill Interiors, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Prints from the Tear Suite series by Dorothy Cross, at Stoney Road Press.
On bed, cinnamon worsted wool blanket; yellow handwoven wool blanket with leather trim; sunny yellow linen square cushions; all Stable, Westbury Mall, Dublin 2. White superking duvet cover with bronze two-line border; flat sheet; Oxford pillowcases; square pillowcases; all Hotel Classic collection by Frette 1860, at Bottom Drawer at Brown Thomas Dublin. Gold bedside lamp, Oluce; tan leather armchair, B&B Italia; both at Minima. Orange woodblock print, Swell, by Sean Shanahan at Stoney Road Press.
Double sinks and Italian tiles in the ensuite; super-pile towels, Abyss, at Bottom Drawer at Brown Thomas Dublin.
A large piece, (2009), by Patrick Scott, from Stoney Road Press, hangs above the Alf cabinet from Minima.
Photographs by Luke White
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