Lebanon-based firm, Askdeco latest residential project Mallorca features 200sqm of well-lit space, with modern lines and a very contemporary décor. Located in one of Beirut’s most vibrant districts, Ashrafieh, Mallorca is a multi-level bachelor penthouse apartment.
Nisrine Nasr, co-founder and interior designer at Askdeco, says: “For this project, we converted a small studio into a three-level penthouse, providing a very modern and efficient living space overlooking a historic district. We were able to analyse the client’s requirements accurately and we responded with functional and creative solutions that addressed them.”
“A design concept can sometimes be difficult for a client to visualise, but seeing it all worked out on paper can bring a design scheme into focus and help the client to understand the direction that you are taking them in,” explains Nasr.
Askdeco’s focus turned to create a more open and light-filled space, which required architectural alterations to expand the size of its windows. They added floor-to-ceiling windows that increased light, offer 360° views overlooking the lively streets below and create a sense of more space. At the core of Mallorca’s design is the intricacy of its winding staircase, a transitional space connecting all three levels of the panoramic penthouse. Its sculpted design and mutating mesh mirror handrail finish add artistic purpose to its functionality, creating a multi-dimensional centrepiece that blends outward with Mallorca’s panoramic spaces. Set between two fully-glazed partitions, the staircase provides a sky-high illusion that further enhances the openness of the space.
The colour palatte is mostly neutral that blurs the lines between its inner and outer beauty, incorporating Mediterranean grey-white marble walls and mute grey wood into an extroverted space that blends with its surroundings.
Adhering to the client’s plans, Askdeco also developed a masculine scheme featuring an abundance of metal finishes, while infusing some unique design elements in the master bedroom.
Entering Mallorca, the main floor includes a reception area and a well-lit kitchen. The reception area leads out to a small adjoining terrace, which the client considered to be unusable outdoor space.
Mallorca’s middle level features a dining area and living room, where artwork by Ramon Aular frames the Mediterranean furnishings of designers such as Maxalto and Fornasetti. Master and guest bedrooms on the upper floor complete space, with functional sub-spaces, including a contemporary vanity area furnished with Magis chair and Ciatti side table that features panoramic views of the city.
Clearly, Mallorca demonstrates an effective use of space that addresses the client’s well-being and functional requirements, while wrapping that comfort in elements of contemporary interior design.