Wakefield Quay Apartment

Bathroom  Interior  Kitchen
Location: Nelson
Designer: Klaus Todt
Photos by: Virginia Woolf
Architect: Arthouse Architects



The Approach

Central to this apartment renovation was the desire to create open plan living – kitchen, dining and living in one space. The client had already given much thought to this, and their many great ideas and input, working closely with the architect Helena Alexander, made for an effortless, successful collaboration of design and functionality.

Floor to ceiling slider doors laminated in Furniture Linoleum with stainless steel pull handles stretch across the whole length of the apartment, opening onto the deck. The panorama view of Tasman Bay is so close, you feel you could reach out and touch the water.

As with any apartment project where maximizing utility is critical to creating a sense of spaciousness and flow, clever design and clean lines plus material selection came to the fore.

In the kitchen the stylish palette of brushed oak veneer cabinetry, silverTouch stainless steel, Furniture Linoleum on cupboard and drawer fronts and a statement sandblasted black granite island come together in a way that doesn’t dominate the living space. Instead, the kitchen blends into the room almost as a piece of furniture in its own right. Beautiful lighting puts it to bed at night.

Practically, the kitchen features many unseen storage spaces for cooking and grocery items, including a double door pantry with recessed detail, doubling as the door handles. Every small detail has been carefully considered, down to crafted stainless steel grips for hanging hand & tea towels while cooking. Flush mounted power and USB points in the stone benchtop and a scarcity of handles in general create a flawless modern finish.

“Much thought was given to design functionality, colour, texture and surfaces.”

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The same brushed oak veneer features in shelving in the lounge area and a beautiful long black granite hearth with built in gas fire is the perfect spot to enjoy the activity beyond the window. A solid oak ceiling with integrated lighting, transitions us from the living space into the hallway, linking the bedrooms and art studio.

This project was a complete apartment renovation and the same materials used in the living space continue throughout the home. Timber flooring is used throughout except for the wet areas. Moving around, the feeling of openness is enhanced using linoleum-skinned cavity slider doors, tucked away out of sight when not in use.

There is a dedicated art room with built-in silverTouch bench/sink and paintbrush racks above. Oak veneer cabinetry allows for plenty of storage and flat tops for working.

The master bedroom is complete with walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite tiled bathroom with linoleum vanity tops, oak veneer cabinetry and matching mirror above. In the spare bedroom, oak veneer cupboards showcase a corner cutaway with a hint of colour which turns an otherwise simple bank of cupboards into an aesthetically pleasing design feature. The inbuilt bedside tables in both bedrooms with hidden power points are further examples of the attention to every small detail, allowing for technology but not at the expense of immaculate design, so evident throughout this renovation.