TEL AVIV – Material detailing gives the Duplex Penthouse by Toledano + Architects a characteristic refined interior. Spanning the upper two levels of a residential block the apartment has been transformed into a tailored family home. The firm envisioned a design which ‘erases boundaries’ in order to formulate a flexible environment which can be adapted to suit specific functions and occasions. The lower level consists of a living area, bedrooms and bathrooms, allowing the upper level to be dedicated to a kitchen and large roof terrace. Dominating the space, the roof terrace acts as an external living area – including an additional outdoor kitchen – fitting for the region’s Mediterranean climate.
Imprinted with wooden slats of the casting form work, a concrete ceiling adds a textural quality to the interior, whilst dark walnut timber and blackened steel elements wrap through the apartment, forming furniture and fittings. A cantilever metal staircase appears to hover within the central living space – finishing a few steps too high – with a timber bench completing the final two rungs. Steel strings suspend each step from the ceiling, adding a distinct aesthetic feature which is translated into other areas of the design. Cohesive lighting additions are a key attribute to the space and are implemented to tie the whole scheme together. The firm explains, ‘The wooden lights, made on demand in walnut wood by Israeli designer Asaf Weinbroom, give a lot of character and direction to the space’.