This privately owned penthouse apartment is found on top of the One&Only Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. It has uninterrupted views of the famous Table mountain, as well as Table Bay, and is housed on two levels of approximately 1365m2.
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Located in central Tokyo, right around the corner from the major thoroughfare Meguro Street, is a ‘soba’ noodle shop, the owner’s residence situated above. The building has Machiya-style wooden louvers, invoking a traditional Japanese townhouse, but the depth of each louver is varied sequentially across the face.
Sandwiched between the stretched fabric is an elongated sky light – an inverted “catwalk ceiling” in glass running the full length of the restaurant. This inverted “catwalk ceiling” is designed to create two different atmospheres, bringing in natural sunlight during daytime, while creating a mood ambiance at night.
Flexible and adaptable spaces accommodate the need for changing functions, encouraging activity to occur in quiet and peaceful places. The open design allows opportunities for solar gain and ventilation. Internal gardens are integrated to minimize excessive temperatures, as well as careful selection of roof materials and fenestration.