German Penthouse, Hesse Property, Development, German Residential Design

Penthouse in Königstein im Taunus

Hesse Residential Building, Germany, design by Ian Shaw Architekten

18 Feb 2013

Penthouse Simon

Residence in Königstein im Taunus

Location: Königstein im Taunus, Hesse (north of Frankfurt), Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Design: Ian Shaw Architekten

The concept for this striking penthouse – developed within a late nineteenth century residence in Königstein – was to strip everything back to its essential quality. All existing interior walls were removed and a steel A-Frame introduced to achieve a 7m double height, column free space.

Penthouse in Königstein im Taunus, Hesse

Penthouse in Königstein im Taunus, Hesse

Penthouse in Königstein im Taunus, Hesse

Photos : Felix Krumbholz

A mezzanine floor detailed with a glass balustrade defines the sleeping area; below this three large folding wall panels enable the open plan format to be subdivided into a series of smaller, more intimate spaces.

As the exterior fabric of the building is protected by an historic preservation order, the project’s new glazing complements the fenestration of the building as a whole.

The visual impact of technology is kept to a minimum despite there being a comprehensive computer controlled heating and lighting system, the latter delivering fourteen different illumination scenarios via a series of bespoke lamps. The apartment’s indirect lighting is subtly integrated into the full-length cupboards and window niches.

Penthouse Simon Penthouse in Königstein im Taunus Residence in Königstein im Taunus
photos : Felix Krumbholz

All images courtesy of Ian Shaw Architekten

Photography by Felix Krumbholz

Penthouse in Königstein im Taunus images / information from Ian Shaw Architekten

Location: Königstein im Taunus, Hesse, Germany

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