Flooring in public zones is made from slabs of grey phyllite stone, and within each “living bubble” solid wood flooring is the treatment of choice. The difference in color and shade between the two enhances the brightness of perimeter living areas, continuing to guide residents’ eyes to the exterior. The ceiling is treated with perforated gypsum board, attenuating some sound reflections caused by copious amounts of interior glass. LED strip lighting within coves at the top and bottom of each wall create a floating illusion, and enhance visual reflections throughout.
On the exterior terrace, LED strips continue along the facade, highlighting not only the living bubbles, but a sizeable living wall garden. The vertical plantings, arranged from a modular system, create a stark material contrast to the sleek glass “bubbles.” Yet these two languages work together because they are both alien and familiar to Murcia; the scale of the penthouse massing and its monolithic facade relate to regional architecture, and the living walls reflect the essence of Moorish hanging gardens. By implementing contemporary materials and sustainable features in a modest but striking scale, Clavel Architects has built a rooftop oasis that is truly timeless.
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