Vision Accomplished

Sunday Times

11 March 2007

With a penchant for cars, architecture and the high-flying city life, architect Barry Baltinas designed this penthouse apartment to satisfy his indulgences.

He intended moving in, too.  “But the project was delayed by about six months and I had to find somewhere else to live, so I got a 1012sqm block 5km from the city and a dog for the kids,” he says.

“If we didn’t have the dog, I’d seriously consider living in it.” 

He designed the five-storey building with a central lightwell to maximise light into the apartments.

The penthouse is on the building’s north side.

It has no common walls and north and south-facing windows.

“You can make as much noise as you like,” Barry says.

The spacious interior includes three bedrooms, an open-plan living and dining area and a mezzanine studio.

Inverted triangle windows in the studio were inspired by Barry’s favourite architect, John Lautner.

“I remember seeing those windows and always thought that I’d like to use them somewhere,” Barry says.

The studio overlooks the entry foyer below.  Its narrow opening makes the space suitable as a fourth bedroom.

“My intention was to have my office set up on the mezzanine,” Barry says.

Views overlooking the Perth Entertainment Centre and beyond fill the apartment through floor-to-ceiling windows in the living area and master suite.

Both rooms open to a full-width balcony, with the master opening to a glass-fenced portable spa.

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