The concept for the penthouse is Feng Shui, translated as “wind water”. Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese way of living using the laws of heaven and earth as guidelines to a life of enlightenment. The floor plan uses the Ba-Gua octagon, which depicts where rooms are to be placed in the home. In addition, to define room positioning, colors and materials are specified. One of the main aspects of Feng Shui is the flow of Qi, energy. For the energy to flow freely throughout the home a majority of the furniture has negative space and the roof incorporates sky lights to allow sunlight creating a continuous flow of energy. At the entrance a mirror is placed across to reflect any negative energy from entering. The mirror is extended from the center of the water wall, it is an important aspect to have flowing water. Water is meant to balance the energy flow and bring good luck. The water is placed at the door to help the balance the energy of the building. The colors of the penthouse are cool blues and greens with accents of brown and yellow. The colors contribute to the natural zen of the design. As depicted in the Ba-Gua, each room is to encompass different colors and materials in addition to the specified wall treatments. The master bedroom is meant to incorporate red and white which is shown with the fading bedding and the sofa in the closet.
This residence is for a couple in their fifties. The wife is a professor at Florida State University teaching in the College of Education. The husband is semi-retired and does some computer business at home. About a year ago, they decided to find a permanent place to live close to FSU and keep their current residence at Sell Point as a weekend retreat. The finally found a 1,800 + square feet 14th floor penthouse with 200 square feet balcony in downtown Tallahassee, FL. The couple requires a clear design concept, strong esthetic design, well organized functions, and wheel chair mobility.
Project Starting date: May 13, 2008
Project Presentation: June 12,2008
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