Following a concept of ‘living between the city and the nature’, this luxurious penthouse apartment located on 48th and 49th floors of a residential skyscraper in southern Chinese city of Shenzhen has been recently realised by two Italian-born, Shanghai-based architects Filippo Gabbiani and Andrea Destefanis of Kokaistudios architectural practice. Towering above the hustle and bustle of the fast growing Central Business District in Shenzhen and offering picturesque views of natural landscape of Hong Kong from its southern wing, the apartment is a result of ‘large-scale architectural modifications applied to the original layout’ of two, previously disconnected apartments. Completed in November 2011, the vast, 616-square-meters penthouse takes its name from the tree which bedecks the entrance area.
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‘By enclosing a small portion of outdoor terrace into a glass pavilion in the center of the penthouse, Kokaistudios create the new core of the apartment in an impressive double height atrium. This new core space, with walls removed from original layout, increases the kitchen and the dining area conceived as dynamic spaces. Surrounded by an outdoor swimming pool, it can be divided by semi-transparent glass partition to satisfy various scenarios.
‘Particular attention has been given to the selection of materials. The penthouse personality is defined by the core materials, the texture and surface characteristics of the materials; oak timber floors from north-east China treated with natural oils are combined with white-cream Spanish stones finished with ancient hand-hammered techniques and the walls are finished with the luxurious Venetian “marmorino” plasters which are hard and glossy as marble but transmit a soft and warm glow by distributing the light as no other material is able to.’