W Austin Penthouse Was a Tall Order - Design Bureau

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The white leather wall panels, a brushed bronze fireplace surround, and black walnut floors create warmth and texture. The texture EOOS-designed Living Landscape sofa by Walter Knoll (walterknoll.de) rotates to offer different views. The rug is by Black Sheep Unique (blacksheepunique.com), Citadel Composition suspended lamp by Quasar (quasar.nl), gold chairs by Moroso (moroso.it), custom coffee table by Allison Burke. A Tom Dixon S-Chair by Cappellini (cappellini.it) sits on a custom fabricated platform of bent blackened steel to take in the views.

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Art in the eating area shows the owner’s playful side. Philippe Starck Caprice chairs from Cassina (cassina.com) and a custom sofa by Allison Burke sit around at Arper Drizzle table (arper.com)

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W Austin Penthouse Was a Tall Order

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

The owner of this Residences at W Austin penthouse loves his sweeping views over downtown Austin so much, he wasn't content to take them in standing on the ground. "He has incredible views through his 14-foot tall windows," says Allison Burke, who designed the space for Michael Hsu Office of Architecture. "He had this strong desire to be able to inhabit the verticality of the room."

To give the owner some additional altitude, Hsu built a curving staircase up to a suspended steel platform lookout space. In the master bedroom, which the owner furnished himself, a yellow scaffolding bed adds another boost and creates a sitting area below. "I didn't totally understand until the painters showed up with their scaffolding and he said that was exactly what he wanted for his bed platform," says Burke. "Our goal was to balance his love of modern technology and whimsy, and address them with simple and refined solutions with moments of whimsy."

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