This apartment is located on the 52nd floor of the Beijing Yintai Center, the high-rise building that houses the Park Hyatt Beijing Hotel. The 350-sq.-meter apartment conveys a sense of minimalism and simplicity and is rich in texture and color.

The penthouse owner asked Pei Partnership Architects to “recreate the atmosphere of a New York City loft with a Chinese essence.” To achieve this, PPA was inspired by the organization of the Beijing courtyard house. The major rooms are separated by fully latticed doors employing contemporary interpretations of traditional patterns found in classical Chinese architecture.

The custom detailing and finishes for the apartment were selected with the local assistance of Mo Atelier Szeto Architects and include Magny du Louvre limestone for the living room, teak floors and artisan plaster on the walls and ceiling. The walls of the bathroom are made of Calacata Altisimo marble and glass tiles. The master dressing room consists of a mixture of Macassar Ebony with English Sycamore for cabinetry and teak flooring. In the master bedroom a fully panelized leather wall behind the bed extends to the study. The study has an acid-etched glass partition. The apartment utilizes the highest quality fixtures and appliances which are combined with custom lighting and computer-integrated switching, audio-visual, and security systems.

The interior of this corner unit, open on the North and West sides, was laid out to make the best possible use of natural light and exterior views. For example, the North-facing living room overlooks the ever-changing skyline of the Beijing central business district while the bedrooms offer views of the Forbidden City and the sun setting behind the mountain range to the West. The public zone—made up of kitchen, dining room, living room, and library—is designed to create one grand, connected space that can, nevertheless, be divided with sliding panels, converting flexibly between openness and privacy.