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Penthouse With Heritage

This two-story Parisian penthouse was renovated by Spanish studio 05 AM arquitectura. The main requirement was to assess the previously overlooked spatial potential. The architects successfully completed the task and renovated the apartment with a clear aesthetic of subtle sophistication.

The architects offered a completely new layout by introducing a new floor slab and thus moving the main living rooms from the lower to the upper level. The penthouse lost its double height, but gained in space, ambience and architectural flair. The neglected roof, like the rest of the interior, was painted reassuringly white and gave the new living space on the upper floor a sculptural splendor. The roof with large skylights offers plenty of daylight for the open space, as do the windows that adorn the facades on both sides of the building.

A central staircase that connects the new upper floor with the bedrooms on the lower level also separates the dining and kitchen area from the living room and offers cleverly concealed storage space. The stairwell, clad with wooden slats, has a sophisticated sculptural presence, the contemporary sensibility of which is subtly contrasted with the classic typology of the pitched roof. The penthouse interior is outfitted with an eclectic mix of mid-century modern furniture, objects, and artwork, and is outfitted with a muted palette of cream and wood textures. It’s a paradigm of unobtrusive sophistication, while the spacious terrace provides an oasis of the outdoors.

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