A staycation can help ease the frustration of cabin fever for just a few days, but if you want a more permanent solution, a bespoke S$35-million penthouse in one of Sydney’s tallest towers might just do the trick.

Few spaces have the ability to make everyday living a luxury, let alone take one’s breath away, but famed architect and interior designer David Selden has managed to achieve both with the King Penthouse. Located in Greenland Centre Sydney — Greenland Australia’s landmark CBD project — the 674-square-metre residence is a stellar example of how we’d like to live out the lockdown — and the rest of our lives, for that matter.

If you find the polished Italian stucco lustro walls that curve through the living spaces and the endless stream of natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows familiar, it might be because Selden has used the iconic Sydney Harbour — of which you can also view from the penthouse — as inspiration.

“The harbour defines and represents the beauty and the most amazing aspect of Sydney, and we wanted to celebrate this amazing geographical feature, with its undulating coves and inlets, which weave from the Pacific Ocean right through to the city itself.”

David Selden, Architect and Interior Designer for King Penthouse

Translating the splendour and natural beauty of one of Australia’s most revered landmarks into a residence couldn’t have been easy, but Selden isn’t stranger to creating amazing spaces; his portfolio includes the Lumiere penthouse in the Foster + Partners’ Lumiere building in the centre of Sydney, as well as Griffin House, which has since been shortlisted for several awards.

In the name of purposeful design, the curved forms within the King Penthouse not only recall the harbour’s recognisable contours, but also serve to provide a fluid motion of circulation of the house while defining the different spaces within. These lines shift in scale and proportion specific to the function of each room, all while controlling the way the light enters and transforms the spaces. 

Like every fantasy living space today, the two-storey penthouse offers a generous amount of outdoor space for fresh air when staying in get overwhelming. The expansive ‘sky garden’ comes complete with natural stone floors and a luxury spa that’s surrounding by lush gardens, catering to both the need for privacy and the desire of being immersed in nature.

“All of these garden spaces are designed to reflect the natural and dappled light by day, while inviting in the sparkling and glamorous city lights by night,” says Selden. “By incorporating substantial lanscaping, we’re able to provide a sense of permeance to the outdoor areas, which graduate from a wider entertaining terrace on the eastern side to a more intimate garden terrace on the western side.”

It might be hard to take your eyes off the 360-degree panoramic views of the iconic Sydney Harbour, CBD, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour and the Blue Mountains from this loft, but the King Penthouse is just as stunning within. The door opens to a sweeping grand foyer with a fireplace and open skylight, while a sculptural staircase forms a curving connection between the King Penthouse’s two floors. 

For gourmands, anything is possible with the kitchen’s array of high-end appliances and the expansive curved stone bench. An outdoor kitchen means you can easily take the fun of entertaining outside, or if you’d like for a quiet evening with good wine, head to the custom-made, temperature- and humidity-controlled cellar room that comes with a central plinth for opening your favourite bottles with. The intimate space is a dream for a quiet evening with close friends to converse and retreat in. 

The luxury residence also sees a spacious master bedroom, accompanied by a separate timber-panelled dressing room and majestic bathrooms lined with green marble, high-quality tapware and soaring skylights.

The King Penthouse at the Greenland Centre Sydney is expected to be completed early 2021.


Shatricia Nair
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.