So how do you finish a glam penthouse interior when the view screams look at me? This sky-high interior takes the understated yet refined route

Interiors by Jennie Dunlop, Dunlop Design

From the designer:


The St Heliers site was purchased in 2016 with the build beginning 2021 with completion June 2023.

The large elevated site was selected in order to design and build six large apartments all with amazing panoramic views of Rangitoto and the expansive Waitemata Harbour. 

Penthouse – brief

Design a well appointed luxurious resort style apartment using natural, timeless materials of stone, timber, steel, alabaster and marble – to suit a discerning buyer.


The penthouse encompasses the entire top level, complemented on three sides with floor to ceiling glass including a large covered loggia designed for entertaining.

The expansive living space runs the full width of the northern face of the complex, enjoying views over the Waitemata Harbour with Rangitoto front and centre.

The sense of arrival begins on stepping out of the lift into the private entry foyer with walls papered in textured moody black, natural toned stone floors and crisp white shutters.

On entry, the transition to wide board oak flooring allows for continuity through the generous hallway into the open plan living, dining and kitchen.

A mix of lacquered oak and black stained cabinetry is matched with a large island incorporating warm toned marble benchtops.

Rangitoto reflected in the black mirrored splashback creates the perfect backdrop surface while cooking.

Having the kitchen and scullery positioned to the rear allowed for several options for the placement of the furniture layout.

At the north eastern end is a lovely area for morning coffee with the opposite end incorporating seating around a large gas fire for relaxed entertaining.

Designating the centre of the open plan space for the dining zone enabled three distinct yet flexible zones. 

Design solution

The large space to the rear of the living room adjacent to the kitchen was designed as a separate media room, enclosed in solid walls and door.

To continue with the light airy atmosphere I redesigned the existing walls with contemporary aluminium framed glazed walls to create uninterrupted transparency from every angle out to the view beyond.

The balance of the apartment is well appointed with a luxurious master bedroom, beautiful bathroom with walk in shower and toilet discreetly hidden behind a wall, freestanding bath, twin vanity including his and hers dressing rooms.

Two additional guest bedrooms with ensuites, powder room and separate laundry complete this exceptional property.

Credit list

Kitchen manufacturer
Good Kitchens
Window/door joinery
Omega 106 Flushglaze windows; Omega 512 architectural sliding and stacker Doors
Bedroom flooring
Belgotex Hilton carpet
Master bedroom and powder room – Seneca Romo Mendel; media room – Seneca Elitis Raffia
General heating
Casa Ceramica bathroom Underfloor heating; Mitsubuihi Electric concealed, ducted air conditioning, independently controlled; 20 X solar panels to supply communal load
Feature lighting
Living Room – 1150mmRing Matt Black LKED, from Lightplan; kitchen island – Slim LPMicro HB LED Trenzeater; powder room – Kelly Weastler Melange Floating Disc
Living area furniture
DMI Homestagers
Jamie Cobel
Kitchen designer
Jennie Dunlop, Dunlop Design
The Bay
Main flooring
Engineered European Oak with Hardwax finish
Bathroom tiles
European Porcelain – Les Origines Argent, matt
Ceilings – Resene White; walls – Resene Alabaster; trims and louvres – Resene Double Alabaster
Simplicity gas fire from Ignite
Control systems
Key Ring proximity tag / reader pads, Video Entry – controls lift and apartments; alarm system – touch screen, internal siren PIR motion detectors
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Winner

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