Read the full CENTURION article here

Illustration Mathis Rekowski
Drawing Board
Futuristic technological innovation is
encouraging architects and designers to
utilise residential interior space ever
more imaginatively. Peter Swain looks
at some of the more ambitious concepts
perfect 10
Custom-made bowling
alleys are available from
LA-based Murrey’s,
To a tee
about Golf’s simulator
allows you to play PGA
courses without leaving
Corking idea
A novel twist on storing wine
from the ingenious Spiral
Ace service
Thanks to intriguing design
innovations, even a tennis
court can be created for a city
with his own clubs the next.
For truly competitive
metropolitans with more
room to spare, home squash
courts are not unknown, and
one property mogul is even
building an underground
tennis court under his mansion
on one of London’s most
sought-after streets, Kensington
Palace Gardens. Meanwhile,
not wanting to frequent public
bowling emporia, some –
particularly in America – are
installing private lanes in their
own homes. Patrick Murrey
is president of LA-based
Murrey’s, the leading designer
of residential bowling lanes
worldwide. “In the US a private
bowling set-up is becoming
part of the ultimate man cave
for certain affluent sporting
stars. We’ve even installed a
two-laner in Jeddah, Saudi
Arabia.” Space needed? “110
feet long [33.5m] by about 15
to 20 feet wide [4.5-6m].”
Illustration Mathis Rekowski
iving in precisely
the right locale
in the world’s
major cities
often means living with less
space than one might enjoy in
more leafy surrounds. Until
recently, this has equated to
a sporting sacrifice of sorts
for active-minded urbanites
who felt cramped, literally
and metaphorically, by their
residential confines. But now,
thanks to an entirely new range
of über home accoutrements,
innovative architects and
developers are filling this
recreational and aesthetic gap
with bold new designs.
Golf, for instance, is a game
that requires space and time,
both precious commodities for
city-centre-based players. But
as many new houses feature
a cinema room that is used
less frequently than originally
intended, positioning a
fully immersive 3trak golf
simulator in the exact same
footprint is a perfect solution.
Systems such as aboutGolf ’s
used by architects Squire and
Partners are being installed
in residences from Doha to
Munich, and even by PGA
player Luke Donald in his
Chicago home. It uses cameras
placed above the player and a
projection of 50 of the world’s
best courses, from Pebble
Beach to St Andrews. “I am a
firm believer in aboutGolf ’s
technology,” says Donald. “A
few shots on the simulator and
I was convinced – my game
was the same indoors as it is
out.” So, in the same room,
a player can watch the 2012
PGA live at Kiawah Island one
minute, then play the course
Drawing Board
Fish feast
Illustration Mathis Rekowski
Aquarium Architecture can
provide bespoke fish tanks
big enough for small sharks,
And after 18 indoor holes
or a tough bowling session
what better than a glass of
Puligny-Montrachet? The
problem is that few city
dwellers have room for
traditional wine storage, so
Spiral Cellars has come up
with a unique solution. By
digging out a cylindrical plug
2.5m in diameter, 3m deep,
and installing a concrete spiral
cellar complete with staircase,
up to 1,900 bottles and even
a humidor can be stored
underfloor at the perfect
temperature and humidity,
and easily accessed. With a
variety of cunningly designed
glass or wood motorised trap
doors, a cellar can easily
be retrofitted under any
ground-floor room.
Another indulgence often
out of reach for urbanites is a
private indoor swimming pool.
With space at a premium, a
dedicated pool is difficult to
accommodate, so one novel
answer is a retractable floor
that can be rolled back when
needed. This dual-use solution
has been installed in a grand
mansion ballroom in London’s
fashionable Highgate. At the
touch of a button, the lighting
changes and the dance floor
glides back to reveal a 12m
pool. By way of variation,
every private terrace in Groupe
Pastor’s magnificent 24-storey
Le Simona apartment palace
in Monaco accommodates a
16sq m heated pool, which
uses the “swimming against
the current” system to
simulate laps.
Elevating the boundaries
of innovative high-rise living
still further, the recently
completed 30-storey Hamilton
Scotts apartment building on
the coveted Scotts Road in
Singapore features glass car
lifts enabling owners to drive
in, whiz up and manoeuvre
their marques directly on
to their very own private
sky garage, right outside
their individual residence.
“It’s a unique way of living
in a condominium with all
the advantages of a landed
property,” suggests Leny
Suparman of developer KOP
Properties. Of course, as the
wall between the car porch
and each apartment is glass,
the presumption is that any
parked limo is itself a work
of art.
Aesthetics are as significant
as practicality for refined
urban living. Aquarium
Architecture specialises in
designing giant fish tanks
in locations as far flung as
Nigeria, Italy and the UAE.
Often fitted into the walls of
residences, the engineering
challenge of, say, a 5m x
2m x 1.5m tank suitable for
tropical fish, is extraordinarily
complex, but the overall
effect is stunning. Complex
LED lighting above the tank
replicates natural sunlight,
and with such a large
volume of water, budding
Jacques Cousteaus can feast
their eyes on some of the
smaller sharks and rays as
well as angelfish nipping at
living coral.
With such dazzling
developments, it seems that
when it comes to modern
architectural design, space is
no longer the final frontier. ¢
For a slideshow of what’s possible
in residential interiors, visit
splash out
A retractable floor
can conceal a full-sized
swimming or lap pool as
as Le Simona in Monaco
high rising
A car lift solves parking
problems at Hamilton Scotts,