This luxury penthouse was combinated from two seperated flats to create a luxury living space with spectarcular views of the city and adjacent mountains.
Architects: KNOF Design
Photos: Assen Emilov
Location: Eastern Europe
Area: 3,600 sq ft
According to the architects: The brief from the client was to merge two existing properties (an east and west apartment) to create a single, open living environment that allowed for an unobstructed kitchen, dining, living and entertaining space, where full advantage could be taken of the views, whilst also providing private areas for the master bedroom and children’s areas.
From an interior architectural standpoint, the main challenge of the project was the original planning of the overall building – especially theexisting plumbing stacks, which allowed little possibility for exploration of different bathroom locations and the new design very much had to work around that. Structurally, there were also given core walls that had to remain in place. In addition, the full height windows also offered limited space for new ceiling and lighting logistics, and, most restrictive of all, the M&E services were planned along the perimeter full height glazing walls, seemingly blocking theviews and the implementation of sheer or black-out curtaining. This was overcome by re-coordinating the mechanical layouts and plans, so that the air handling units were brought inside the internal core walls and concealed in custom joinery units.
The entrance hall features gentle grey-toned marble flooring with subtle and beautiful natural striations. There are full-height, natural-dyed,grey veneered walls which wrap the existing building core, plus a new, flush, integrated and linear bespoke lighting detail which demarcates the space as you step beyond to enter the grand, light-filled main space.
The main open kitchen, dining, entertaining and living area features a consistent and elegant approach with the external environment providing colour, light and drama.The kitchen is from the sleek contemporary white Molteni Dada Trim range with custom detailing, along with an acid-etched backsplash, which is fully operable, allowing for concealed kitchen storage.
Located off of the main living area are the master bedroom and study spaces. The circulation area leading to the master suite is a continuation of the natural dyed grey timber veneered panels with storage behind. An existing overhead structural beam is received by an open shelving detail incorporating varying toned dyed natural veneersin natural dyed pink, bird’s eye maple, grey walnut, eucalyptus and natural Tay (koto).
In the master bedroom, the fabrics and finishes continue in the same soothing grey and natural cream tones with soft textural details and an added bright coral accent. An exquisite fully-bespoke vanity, wardrobe, and media unit is the highlight of the space. The existing core walls came into play here and so it was important for the joinery to work around and with this given constraint. The bespoke-designed unit by KNOF design features a built in vanity with a white quartzite work surface and small, individually-sizedstorage drawers in varying toned dyed veneers, all with brushed satin stainless handles with grey leather inlay by Holland and Sherry. The backdrop to the vanity is a carefully-laid, textural,ikat-printed wall covering with a large scale, centrally-placed, bronze-embossed framed mirror by Porta Romana. A bright plush velvet coral chair offsets the soft tones.
The shared open master walk-in wardrobe is located off the master bedroom and provides direct access to the individual his-and-hers ensuites. It is a subtle, elegant space with open wardrobes anchored by a centrally-located pendant light with a bespoke joinery unit below. The small storage joinery unit is made of a white satin matte lacquer finish with inlaid leather top and brushed satin stainless handles, again by Holland and Sherry. ‘His’ master ensuite is fully-tiled in custom-cut, small, rectilinear natural limestone tiles. A surface-mounted basin rests on top of a custom vanity with a honed quartzite top, a dyed timber drawer front and open stone shelf below. ‘Her’ ensuite is a glamorous space with all walls clad in a soft pink rosaegeo marble with bright white Thassos marble stone flooring. Inset opal white marble stone shelves provide some open towel and display storage, whilst a large-scale bowl shaped basin sits on a white quilted front lacquered vanity.
On the alternate side of the plan sit the guest toilet and children’s rooms. The guest toilet is neatly tucked into the circulation and continues the soft grey cream and soft pink colour palette. Sleek Boffitapware adds to the clean modern layout. The main wall is fully clad in a subtle patchwork of varying tonal porcelain patterned tiles by Patricia Urquiola.A textured round bronzed mirror and decorative branch shaped wall sconce add to the gently organic feel of the room.
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