Penthouse Effect

A Dublin city-centre PENTHOUSE has a SOPHISTICATED, MASCULINE vibe …

For some reason, penthouses are invariably associated with masculinity. This apartment cum office space overlooking Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green, designed by Kingston Lafferty Design (KLD) is no exception. Private, opulent, and addressing multiple functions from entertaining to board meetings, the brief was ambitious – and macho. KLD focused on creating specific zones and associated experiences: as you enter via the lift, brass, marble, mirrored wall and life-size trees set the tone. To create a link with the main space, a flush-finish marble tunnel and a full-height custom sliding door with ribbed glazing visually links the two spaces, while functionally providing privacy on both sides. The main space works as boardroom, meeting room, dining room, bar area and entertainment space. The rotatable American oak boardroom table rotates 90 degrees on a fixed post, its engineering allowing a discreet transition from meeting table to dining table.

As a key challenge of the build was access to the location of the fifth floor – off a busy thoroughfare – KLD was determined not to allow this to limit any aspect of the design. The solution was to custom-design where possible and to design pieces to be built in sections in order for them to be brought in and installed on site.

Photography by Barbara Corsico / Interior design by Roisin Lafferty and Becky Russell (KLD)

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