Zen apartment

The most simplistic, minimalist elements in architecture convey traditional Japanese Zen philosophy in this apartment.

Yes, unbelievably this spacious three bedroomed abode is an apartment, not a house, and is reminiscent of Japanese architect Tadao Ando and iconic minimalist brands like Muji (currently thriving across the globe). Designed by Zuckerman Sachs Architects, with interiors by ARRCC, the property serves as a stylishly decorated bachelor’s retreat. “Bold textures and varied colour pallets add richness and masculinity, creating a unique and captivating space,” says ARRCC Director Mark Rielly.

Zen apartment

Arrive and play

A direct access elevator leads visitors to sumptuous open plan living – an absence of nonessential internal walls swallows any fussy detail, opening up to spacious luxury with views over the Atlantic. The property is aptly named – Ocean View. Bare essential furnishings keep the living spaces from feeling confined or untidy. Layered timber flooring is used throughout the apartment and wood and white elements reflect and bounce the natural light, letting the beauty shine through.

Zen apartment

Eat in

The kitchen’s central island is a grey, neolith block with a floating timber bar countertop and leather cushioned barstools. A timber wall panel helps delineate functional spaces effortlessly. A bespoke dining table fashioned from parquet flooring is the perfect contrast for casual black leather dining chairs. Colourful hand-blown glass pendants by David Reade dangle from a slot-trough lighting frame adding relaxed vibrancy to the room.

Zen apartment

Lounge around

Quiet furnishings are well accessorised with the owner’s art collection, acid yellow cushions, side tables and quirky lamps. The fireplace, cladded in oxidised copper panelling, offers texture and colour with its aged patina. Glass pocket doors slide away to include an outside garden and giant terrace incorporating the outdoors indoors.

Zen apartment

Soak up the sun

The most exciting feature of the terrace is the blue infinity pool that incorporates a slightly raised daybed designed to enjoy endless stretches of sea and sky. Furnishings include an outdoor kitchen, lounge and dining area in a neutral interchangeable palette. A delightful outdoor shower created from a reclaimed tree trunk and brass piping is a sensual, private oasis perfect for outdoor enthusiasts.

Something exotic

The master bedroom’s charcoal leather upholstery and Piet Boon off-shutter concrete wallpaper are sublime. A grand four-poster bed gives a regal, masculine feel to the room but it’s the en-suite bathroom which opens up to the bedroom completely that adds something a little different. Its glass sliding panels with a sand blasted mandala encase a bath pod hewn from a large boulder.

Zen apartment

Linger longer

Both guest bedrooms incorporate open en-suite bathrooms enclosed by glass frames. The bedrooms introduce reclaimed timber cladding on the back walls in muted pastels which add interest and texture. Moroccan rugs on the floor and vibrant art adorn the walls with delicate pendant lighting used as quirky bedside mood-lighting.

Photography by Adam Letch
Interior architects & designers: ARRCC