Penthouse living conjures up images of sophistication and style. The owners of this Melbourne apartment desired a space that delivered penthouse living and also functioned as an occasional guest house. Lucas Lau of Lax Studios was approached to create and execute a concept that would inherit both harmonies and playfulness – qualities that are intrinsically in contradiction.

“Encapsulated within heritage facades and neighbourhood apartments, any attempt to intervene with the existing interior spaces was limited. Thus the interior forms, selection of materials and lightings were essential to offer a dual role and yet in sync to achieve this goal.“
– Lucas Lau, Principal, Lax Studios

Lay approached the project as a large blank canvas. The selection of a floor covering was pivotal to the project. Each space within the apartment needed emphasising and distinctiveness, yet to also work coherently and bring the spaces together.

“The selection of Havwoods’ Oak Pallido Herringbone provided this unity, yet through its pattern and subtle shades within the timber planks, a sophistication echoing the interior and furniture was achieved.”
– Lucas Lau, Principal, Lax Studios

This apartment oozes penthouse living and is now a special, elegant and sophisticated space to host guests. The stunning Oak Pallido herringbone timber flooring provides warmth and style at the same time, coupled with durability and low maintenance to ensure this penthouse is a perfect place to spend ones time.


Oak Pallido is from our Italian Collection range of products, with all colours available in herringbone, chevron and straight planks. The Italian Collection are also FSC® certified products so you can ensure you are choosing the right wood.

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