design et al are delighted to announce that Light Space Design have been shortlisted for Cityspace (Apartment/Penthouse) Award within The International Design and Architecture Awards 2018.
This 43,000 sq. ft. penthouse housed over 4 floors with a 360° view of Dubai includes; 3 bars, a cigar lounge, night club, home cinema, swimming pool, 6 bedrooms, 18 bathrooms, 6 terraces and an industrial kitchen, as well as secret passage ways. It is a homage to the Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte. It poetically erases the barriers between reality and dreams.
When L.S. Design proposed to swap the locations of the penthouse floors located at the 84th floor of the soon to be built Marina 23 in Jumeirah Beach Road – with the building’s mechanical plenum on the 90th floor – the intention was to take advantage of the majestic canted top of one of the most unique buildings along the waterfront. This decision affected the project brief in ways that opened the program to the sky. The sweeping panoramic views become the backdrop to everything from the double-height entertainment spaces to the intimate spa rooms.
With 80% the public and entertainment areas of the home covered with Grade-A Statuario, Calacata, and Armani Grey Stone – hand honed or polished by Sicilian artisans, the challenge became on how to balance the grandeur of a home intended for entertainment with a cosy home. Silk carpets and warm toned leather and fabric furniture lit by architectural and decorative lighting supplied by – high end lighting design house – Viabizzuno create a provocative yet cosy environment.
The project has a sense of surrealism with aspects of reality mixed together, there is a tree in the lounge, a cloud in the dining room a motor cycle in the living room and a James Bond style secret entrance. It’s a fun yet sophisticated project designed for a young bachelor. Dubai is a vibrant, modern, and extravagant city. So, a 43000 sq. ft. house in the sky is a perfect addition to the canvas that makes Dubai the city that it is. The penthouse was designed with that in mind, yet the brief aimed to keep the interior elegant, simple, and minimalist.