Market Street Penthouse: A Duplex Penthouse with A “Sky Zone” and Blue-Grey Interiors

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This beautiful duplex penthouse is located in San Francisco, California with 3,200 SF in size. Market Street Penthouse is a 2009 project by Joel Sanders Architect that works together with Winder Gibson Architect. This duplex penthouse has a “sky zone” and blue-grey interiors. The design challenge for this project is to take advantage of its diagonal downtown views. The architect also divided this duplex penthouse into two living strips.

Design

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The dramatic diagonal downtown views around this duplex penthouse that are compromised by discontinuous groupings of conventional double-hung windows become the design challenge for this project. The design strategy is to unify these punched openings visually within a “sky zone”. This zone is a recessed linear slot that wraps the apartment perimeter while the blue-grey interiors blend with the actual skyline.

 

Materials

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This duplex penthouse is divided into two living strips programmatically. These strips run parallel to the window wall of the building. There is a darker inner band that lined with natural materials such as banquettes upholstered in deep blue mohair and walnut paneling. This band can define the second-floor pool/guest room, stairwell, and entry.

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There is also a bright outer zone that lit by windows and it defines a kitchen/dining area on the first floor and the double-height corner living/media room, and the master bedroom suite. It is a neutral palette of grey and white synthetic materials with a pretty contrast that focuses on the “sky zone” to frame city views. While the interior apertures can frame the views between these contrasting areas inside this duplex penthouse.

Photographer: Rien Van Rijthoven

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