Video of the Week: Take a Virtual Tour of a One-of-a-Kind Penthouse in Durham, North Carolina

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Working with the 1920s-era structure’s impressive “bones” of steel and concrete, bricks and mortar, a stellar design team has created not only an extraordinary living space, but also a work of art. No expense has been spared during its metamorphosis from once respected though long forsaken meeting place, to the world-class residence it is today.

Durham, North Carolina | Joe Hodge, Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty 

A spectacular and expansive approximately 2,400 square-foot open space one might call “the Great Room” provides myriad opportunities for imaginative use. Its soaring 30-foot cathedral ceiling, with exposed steel trusses creating a vast overhead sculpture, provides a venue for the constant play of shadow and light.

The room is adorned on three sides by rows of large sash and clerestory windows. A substantial custom multi-pane glass and steel door opens to the wonderful private terrace. The floor of this incredible room is of highly polished cement accented by a grid of handsome walnut, and hosting embedded radiant heat pipes.

Across the gallery, private quarters await owners and guests. Zen-inspired, with their clean lines, warm woods and sleek though enchanting fixtures, the spaces seem to hum with the sound of serenity. The gleaming walnut floors of the central hallway extend into the guest room, guest bath and the primary suite’s walk-in closet.and vanity areas. Doors in the bedroom wing continue the dramatic hydro-cut steel motif found in the entry doors.

The primary bedroom flows effortlessly into a secondary “Great Room” that can be closed off to create a spacious owner retreat. The area features a 20-foot ceiling and polished cement floors, with walnut inlay and radiant heating.

From there, a striking staircase leads to the mezzanine. The staircase balustrade and extensive mezzanine railing are of the same hydro-cut steel seen throughout the residence. This approximately 1,500 square-foot space overlooks the main living area from two sides, and provides a venue for casual relaxation, contemplation, entertainment, and creativity. Its separate office hosts a prominent skylight.

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