The lack of room within the interior hallway was resolved by utilizing the shape of these living bubbles, and “popping” them at key locations. At a central intersection between two corridors, each adjacent living bubble chamfers at its corner, creating cohesive volumes for each room and expanding the interior circulation space. At the same intersection, the living room corner is removed, further opening up the space and guiding the resident’s eyes towards exterior strip windows and the view beyond. The dining room can be viewed through internal glazing, visually extending the corridor at one terminus, while glazed doors bring the outdoors in. Doors open away from the central space and into rooms, keeping obstructions away from circulation. The composite effect of these minor spatial moves is an expansion of tight interior spaces with minimal structural disruption.
Material choices enhance the open feeling of the penthouse, relying on light colors, reflective surfaces, varying cladding materials and creative lighting strategies. Opaque white glass covers the walls of each bubble, brightening up the space while visually extending floor and ceiling surfaces via reflections. An art display system ties in the client’s original gallery program; flush mounted rails running along these walls run horizontally through the space, enhancing the linearity of the corridor while keeping the resident’s eyes moving.