Every so often an apartment will capture our attention and demand we push ourselves in bold new directions – the Wadi Penthouse in Central Beirut is one such apartment.
We have spoken at length about the expert use of wood on the interior of this penthouse, however it is not simply the “wooden skin” that has impressed us.
This split-level penthouse designed by Lebanese firm Platau has focussed on creating light and space with clever spatial interventions. A deliberately wide entrance leads guests to a central reception area, where a floating staircase serves as a visual focal point. The staircase, suspended from the ceiling, gives the impression of boundless light and space – something we strive for in our developments.
Style and Substance
The much talked about “wooden skin” made of solid French Oak, provides warmth, texture and continuity throughout the penthouse. Not simply a visual element, it is also a practical innovation, concealing storage spaces and bedrooms.
Modern But Not Cold
The use of wood throughout provides a natural offset to the stark white walls, balancing cool modernity with the comfort needed in a family home. Custom steel and copper light fittings, marble bench tops and playful wall cut-outs combine to make this apartment a firm favourite.
Closer to Home
We have been exploring the use of timber in a couple of upcoming developments. Conscious that our suppliers must be as committed to quality and precision as we are, we have sought out the services of timber specialists Just Eco Timber. We will be deploying their masterfully salvaged and restored timber battens across the ceiling of an upcoming development to dramatic effect.
Learn more about Moda, our inspiration and our suppliers here.