penthouse in amsterdam unfolds around geometric amphitheater & custom steel bookcase

penthouse in amsterdam unfolds around geometric amphitheater & custom steel bookcase

Private Residence by zU-studio in Amsterdam’s Vondelstraat

 

International architectural office zU-studio designs ‘Nº1 private residence‘, a contemporary penthouse located in one of Amsterdam‘s most well-known streets, Vondelstraat. The conception of the interior arrangement follows the studio’s unique spatial perception offering a variety of sequences, and visual relations. Several structural elements define the space providing for individual and collective living functions. Noble and robust materials construct custom fittings throughout the interior, such as the central geometric amphitheater made of wood, and the conjoined bookshelf-staircase and bench-like seating area made of steel. The centerpiece framework sits under a large skylight benefitting from natural light while connecting all zones and levels of the residence retaining both visual continuity and circulation.

penthouse in amsterdam by zu studio
all images by Frans Parthesius

 

 

steel, wood & marble set up the structural fittings

 

All furnishings of the penthouse apartment are custom-made and fitted into the space organizing the structure and internal zones. The central amphitheater expands between the two floors of the residence as a wooden staircase while two long steel platforms wrap around it in continuation to the prominent geometric bookcase that stands at the top of the steps. The skylight spreads light throughout the entire interior and forms an open visual passage through the volume.

 

The creative team shapes two levels and conjoins them with the architectural set of stairs giving several uses to a transitional space, such as a screening projection stand, or a reading and workspace area. The top floor arranges common living functions assembling a minimal fireplace and a modular sofa that stands in front of a large wooden bench and under the panoramic window. The off-white ceiling exposes three solid wooden beams that reveal the structural order of the roof. The lower volume accommodates three private rooms with a master bedroom and bathroom applying marble and wood throughout.

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noble and robust materials construct custom fittings throughout the interior

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the central geometric amphitheater made of wood conjoins with the bookshelf-staircase and platforms made of steel

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the centerpiece stepped form sits under a large skylight benefitting from natural light and connecting all zones

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all furnishings of the penthouse apartment are custom-made and fitted into the space organizing the structure

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the top floor arranges common living functions assembling a minimal kitchenette and a modular sofa

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two long steel platforms wrap around the prominent geometric bookcase that stands at the top of the steps

 

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project info:

 

name: V31 Private Residence
architecture: zU-studio | @zustudioarchitecture

lead designers: Pierre Wizman & Javier Zubiria

location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

photography: Frans Parthesius | @fransparthesius

 

 

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edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom

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