Penthouse Design: Reimagining Luxury Living

CEO Khai Intela
© DBOX Penthouses have always represented the pinnacle of luxury in the real estate market. Reserved for the wealthiest clients and investors, these exclusive spaces push the boundaries of architecture and interior design. From opulent...

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Penthouses have always represented the pinnacle of luxury in the real estate market. Reserved for the wealthiest clients and investors, these exclusive spaces push the boundaries of architecture and interior design. From opulent mansions in the sky to top-floor units in towering developments, penthouses continually redefine the concept of luxury living.

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The idea of a penthouse apartment can be traced back to the 1920s when New York experienced a construction boom due to economic growth. Initially, rooftops were designated for service quarters and utility systems. However, as buildings grew taller, residents sought access to light and breathtaking views, often illegally subletting these spaces. In 1925, penthouse living was legalized, and since then, these residences have become increasingly extravagant. Let's explore some of the most remarkable penthouse designs that showcase the perfect blend of architectural prowess, luxury, and wealth.

The Stealth Building / WORKac

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The Stealth Building, a residential development in New York, is a stunning blend of contemporary architecture and historic preservation. This project required a meticulous approach to seamlessly integrate the new construction behind one of the city's oldest cast-iron facades. WORKac achieved this by utilizing three rooftop projections, cleverly concealing the bulk of the addition.

PANO / Ayutt and Associates Design

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Situated on the 53rd floor of a high-end residential tower in Bangkok, the PANO Penthouse offers a modern lifestyle that strikes a balance between city living and the beauty of nature. Designed by Ayutt and Associates, this exclusive residence boasts panoramic views of the historic Chao Phraya River.

Penthouses and Rooftop Terrace / JDS Architects

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JDS Architects took inspiration from Copenhagen gardens, which are known for their functionality, to create Penthouses and Rooftop Terrace. The goal was to provide all residents with access to a real outdoor garden. This project cleverly integrates a rooftop garden that serves as a multifunctional space, enhancing the quality of living for all inhabitants.

Broadway Penthouse / Joel Sanders

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Broadway Penthouse challenges the traditional concept of an urban garden by introducing a dynamic ground plane. Comprising a planted carpet and wood flooring, this innovative design vertically connects a penthouse loft to a roof terrace that offers breathtaking panoramic views of downtown Manhattan.

Bondi Penthouse / MHN Design Union

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The Bondi Penthouse in Campbell Parade, Australia, is a testament to the harmonious integration of contemporary architecture with an existing iconic environment. MHN Design Union added a lightweight metal-clad structure to the roof of the building, seamlessly expanding its history and enriching its surroundings.

520 West 28th / Zaha Hadid Architects

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520 West 28th, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, showcases the innovative use of split levels to define varied living spaces. These split levels are reflected in the interlocking chevrons of the building's hand-crafted steel facade, creating a truly unique architectural masterpiece. This 11-story residential project offers 39 luxury residences with meticulous attention to detail.

Penthouse in Magdalena / Taller David Dana

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Located in Mexico City, the penthouse in Magdalena seamlessly integrates elements of Mexican culture with contemporary accents. This project, designed by Taller David Dana, is characterized by its meticulous attention to detail and offers a unique living experience.

432 Park Avenue / Rafael Viñoly Architects

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At the intersection of Park Avenue and East 57th Street, Rafael Viñoly Architects' 432 Park Avenue rises as an exquisite residential and mixed-use tower. This slender volume redefines the geometric center of the city's skyline. With an exposed concrete structural frame and column-free interiors, this architectural marvel houses 104 luxury residences.

Penthouse design has evolved over the years, showcasing the creativity and vision of architects around the world. These architectural gems not only provide luxurious living spaces but also redefine the concept of wealth and opulence. As technology advances and boundaries continue to be pushed, the future of penthouse design holds even more promise.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on April 13, 2019, and updated on June 2, 2021.

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