IS architecture and design combine modern with tropical in beijing penthouse

IS architecture and design combine modern with tropical in beijing penthouse

in a beijing three-story penthouse apartment, IS architecture and design combined two different moods, characterized by varying color and material palettes. the first floor features sculptural geometry, desaturated colors and straight lines, all of which are designed to absorb daily stress and regenerate energy through peaceful, static, still-life views. the second floor is designed to work as a getaway in a dreamlike mood boasting natural materials and warm, cozy hues. the materials and colors in the second floor result in a resort-like feeling that is finished off by the ample natural light that gets in through the sun-room.


the classical USM bookcase adds spots of bright yellow and blue in the unsaturated surrounding



the first floor is an open space where functional blocks define different areas. the architects chose colors meant to create a relaxing, calm atmosphere. the dining area, open kitchen, cooking area, living area, guest room and its wardrobe are all part of an extensive space. these can all be separated, when needed, by transparent sliding doors or simply by different shades of grey color on walls, floor or ceiling. 


the open kitchen/dining area is defined by a different shade of grey on walls and ceiling



the open kitchen/dining area is designed as a sculptural block that recalls giorgio morandi’s still life in its geometrical composition and desaturated hues. the second floor is also an open space with no doors separating the master bedroom the master bathroom, the studio and the walk-in-closet. for this floor, the architects used the colors of a ‘mud palette’ and all materials are as rustic and natural.


the open kitchen blue counter which is inset as a gem in the unsaturated colors of the surrounding



the overall feeling recalls a tropical resort atmosphere, a comfortable and warm environment. celosia terracotta tiles by mutina create interesting views throughout the space. walls are covered with rustic plaster, floors with natural fine resin, and furniture all made in natural wood and rattan meshes. ethnic patterns and natural rustic fabrics complete the bed and decor.


the composition of different geometries and colors recall still life paintings



IS architecture and design skilfully combined both ambiances into one apartment. the cool, geometric nature of the first and second floors convey a sophisticated feel, apt for inviting guests and friends over for dinner. yet, when the owners wish to rest for the evening, the upstairs natural and warm vibes are cozy and welcoming.


open kitchen and dining area whit the background of the kitchen


the grey monolith containing a studio desk separates bed from wardrobe

in first floor bathroom the black metal profile runs around becoming support for towels, lights and door rail

the natural materials, use of plants, and a warmer color palette fill the second floor

unsaturated colors and natural materials are designed to create a timeless atmosphere

celosia terracotta tiles by mutina separate master bedroom and bathroom

natural sunlight fills the spaces

the staircase that leads to the third floor is also a white geometrical sculpture made to be caressed by light and shadows



project info:


architecture firm: IS architecture and design

location: beijing, china



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edited by: cristina gomez | designboom

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