Situated in a turn of the century candy factory, this 2700 sf loft penthouse suite by Johnson Chou was one of Toronto’s first residential adaptive re-use projects of its kind. The owner, an avid sportsman with a penchant for traveling to remote areas to camp in the wilderness, requested a residence that evoked, within an urban context, a sense of the landscape he loved so much.
Sitting atop the highest floors of the Five-Star St. Regis Hotel & Residences in San Francisco, this one-of-a-kind, palatial penthouse features over 20,000 expansive square feet, including 2,900 square feet of terraces one of the largest personal residences in all of San Francisco.
To do a perfect job it takes a perfect customer This penthouse is on the top floor of a historic building, an old barn with a new wooden roof. In agreement with the customer who just returned from a trip to New York, the goal was to create an open, bright and light loft like the ones he had seen.
Joseph Dirand, a French architect who is infamous for his stunning black and white, lavish designs, is also a master at what’s called “frame and contain”. He uses contrast and framing techniques that I find fascinating and extremely effective at highlighting views, emphasizing importance, and delineating spaces.
If you go to Vienna, probably you will spot the penthouse inserted between traditional rooftops by Delugan Meissl in the cityâ€™s Wieden district. The penthouse is rooftop addition for the architects’ family, but it feels more like a spaceship that has landed on the roof and will move to a new destination as soon as it gets what it wants.