Frankfurt am Main, DE
The concept behind this striking penthouse, situated within a late nineteenth century residence in Königstein, was to strip everything back, removing all the internal walls, in order to optimize the apartment's volumetric clarity. This has been achieved through the introduction of a substantial steel A frame, enabling the realisation of a 7m double height column free space.
A mezzanine floor, detailed with a glass balustrade, forms the main sleeping area; below, three large folding wall panels enable the open plan format to be subdivided into a series of smaller, more intimate spaces. Dark slate flooring throughout adds depth and drama to the clean white aesthetic.
As the exterior fabric of the residential block is protected by an historic preservation order, the project's new glazing complements the fenestration of the building as a whole.
The visual impact of technology is kept to a minimum: a comprehensive computer controlled system, neatly concealed within the fabric of the interior, manages the dwelling’s heating and lighting requirements. This provides, as part of its programme, fourteen different illumination scenarios via a series of bespoke lamps that are subtly integrated into the full-length cupboards and window niches.
Location: Königstein, DE
Additional Credits: All images courtesy of Ian Shaw Architekten
Photography: Felix Krumbholz