Wapping Lane Penthouse is the redesign of the interior layout of the penthouse and sub-penthouse, designed by AMOS and AMOS, located in London, England, United Kingdom. The architects were appointed for this transformation by Ballymore to create a well defined and luxurious space that does justice to its setting and spectacular views.
The design approach
Our design approach for Wapping Lane was to create a penthouse interior that represents a true departure from the norm. The setting was one of the main factors that led to us deciding on a more innovative approach that sought to create a very clear sense of place with strong links to its location. The result is a contemporary luxe interior that balances immaculate detailing and bespoke design with a carefully selected material palette evoking a strong metropolitan feel.
The main entertainment space sits under a coffered ceiling, and includes a vast L shaped sofa, armchairs, and bespoke media unit with integrated concealed drinks cabinet and gilded metal shelving. A floor to ceiling integrated mirror reflects the cityscape into the space, and Tom Dixon pendants hang above a mid century inspired sofa with integrated smoked oak side tables.
The layout was re-planned in its entirety to create a clear hierarchy of spaces throughout the penthouses. The living area is a large sweeping space: a true entertainment environment. The semi professional kitchen incorporates stainless steel, a chef’s tap, Gaggenau appliances and cooker hood, and a Falcon range cooker. Basaltina stone worktops sit over lacquered cabinets with oak veneered interiors, whilst the breakfast bar sets itself apart with a timber, butcher’s block style surface offering casual eating with views across the city.
A new sculptural spiral stair was designed to access the roof terrace, through a glass sided sunroom on the 19th floor. The roof terrace offers uninterrupted 360 degree views across the capital.
The dining area is located directly adjacent to the kitchen, making it perfect for hosting and entertaining guests.
The main living space is divided into three specific areas. Firstly a workspace set in front of floor to ceiling glazing offering views to the Shard and Tower Bridge. Next to the workspace is a comfortable seating area with two armchairs, designed for reading and relaxing by a bespoke designed walnut LP unit.
The second bedroom does not feel in the slightest way secondary, featuring a private terrace, luxurious ensuite with a large shower and bath and walk-through wardrobe. The third bedroom sits between the two, and is a perfect guest bedroom with built in wardrobes and terrace access.
We wanted to celebrate a true master suite, on a par with what one would expect to find in the suite of a luxury boutique hotel. A completely open space was created, featuring a walk through wardrobe behind the master bed, and an open bathroom incorporating two countertop basins, minimalist disc operated taps, and a dramatic freestanding cast resin bath and tap with views stretching to Canary Wharf. A separate WC links to the bathroom, both of which are set against marble tiled floors and walls. The master bedroom has direct terrace access with far reaching views.
The Wapping location has become synonymous with creativity and innovation, located in the heart of the city. We wanted to reflect this quintessential London feel with a very considered and careful approach to furniture choices. From armchairs to side tables, lighting to cushions, we sought to champion contemporary British and London based designers, and showcase up and coming as well as established homegrown talent.
Photos: Courtesy of AMOS and AMOS
The Woodlands project is an Edwardian red brick family home that has been designed by Madcow Interiors, located in Woodlands, a small area located in the borough of Hounslow, London. This restored home showcases an industrial rough luxe theme, mixed with various mid century modern touches.
Our brief was too restore, add period features and rebuild this North London Edwardian red brick family home. Using reclaimed materials and upcycling into bespoke designed furniture, our goal was to create a thoroughly industrial rough luxe theme, mixed with various mid century modern touches.
The Woodlands Project required us to plan and manage structural modification to the property, including the building of a new basement, rear extension, a 2 storey corner extension and a new loft conversion/extension. Once structurally complete, the interior design and bespoke styling began.
This was a huge project, which saw us working closely with a team of professionals and tradesmen. We custom designed and manufactured all the joinery and various bespoke (and upcycled) furniture; some of which are available to order. Other specialists were brought in who helped achieve the very specific finishes around the house.
Photos: Courtesy of Mad Cow Interiors
The Runners House is a contemporary refurbishment and extension of an existing house by AR Design Studio, located on the outskirts of Winchester, England. Nestled along a leafy lane on the outskirts of Winchester sits Kilham House. Once a tired building with a confusing layout, the house now boasts a contemporary update that really transforms the house into the five-bedroomed family home that it desperately needed to be.
A grand, double-height entrance guides you into the building, immediately bringing you into the heart of the home which has now been become the main living space for the family. A large expanse of sliding glazing gives views into the garden, allowing the three children to run wild whilst the parents can relax in the central space and still keep a watchful eye.
A key and exciting feature of the house is the staircase. Centered in the property it acts as a locus to the project, dividing the space between the kitchen, dining area and the living areas. Steel wires hang around the staircase, enclosing it in a contemporary wrap whilst also forming part of the balustrade. The stairs take you up to the first floor and onto a bridge that flows across the double height entrance space. A tongue in cheek use of Foscarini’s Gregg pendant lights give a feeling of being up in the clouds, adding to airy and spacious feel of the central space.
At the rear of the property a central timber form connects the two wings of the house and projects into the garden creating an architectural form that ties the whole project together. A large concrete plinth that steps down to the garden creates a place to relax and dine outdoors. The concrete plinth flows into the property and makes up the entire ground floor surface. This use of material, mixed with the large sliding glazed panels that face onto the garden, blurs the boundary between indoors and outdoors.
Photos: Martin Gardner
House in Wimbledon is a remodel and extension of a semi-detached Victorian house that was the vision of Stephen Fletcher Architects, situated in Wimbledon, London, England. The clients approached the architects in 2010 with the brief, looking to build-on the Victorian period features wherever possible and decorate, fit-out and furnish the house in a ‘period’ style.
The front of the property has largely been restored to its original condition following the removal of an unsightly ground floor bay window addition. Lower ground floor extensions have been constructed to the rear and the side, the former in matching London stock bricks with ‘Sky Frame’ sliding French doors, and the latter discreetly located beneath the side passageway.
The ground floor of the property has been opened-up as far as possible so as to maximize the illusion of space and daylight. The two original reception rooms have been combined to form a single, grand drawing room with a central opening leading to the entrance hall.
Victorian-style plaster cornices and ceiling roses, painted timber sash windows with folding shutters, painted timber architraves and moulded skirtings, and a new limestone fire surround have been installed in keeping with the period of the house. The Dinesen douglas fir floorboards have been laid on piped underfloor heating.
The original staircase from the ground floor up to the second floor has been restored; the lower ground floor stair has been relocated towards the rear of the house so as to allow for a more efficient use of space at that level. Its balustrade and handrail match the original.
The lower ground floor of the house has witnessed the greatest transformation. A series of low-ceiling rooms were knocked-together, excavated by a couple of feet, and extensions constructed to the side and rear.
A large open-plan space has thus been created. The kitchen is located at one end, and overlooks an enlarged lightwell with a new stone stair accessing the front garden; the dining area is located in the center of the space.
A large central island unit with a slate counter houses contains many of the kitchen appliances and cupboard space, as well as a casual dining area. The oven range, additional cabinetry and open shelves are located along the party wall.
New ‘Sky Frame’ sliding French doors fill the entire rear elevation of the space and open onto a new terrace and steps. The connection with the rear garden has thereby been hugely improved. A pair of antique French window shutters were adapted to form double doors to a small children’s playroom.
This roof terrace incorporates a large section of ‘walk-on’ glazing, which admits plenty of daylight and sunlight to the area below.
A spacious master suite has been created by connecting the two principal first floor rooms via a new opening with folding doors. This view is looking from the dressing room, at the front of the house, towards the bedroom at the rear.
A freestanding zinc bath on slate tiling has been installed in front of the master dressing room window; the shower room is located off this area. A log-burning stove has been installed within the original firebox.
Photos: Courtesy of Stephen Fletcher Architects
This stylish London mews house has undergone a complete interior overhaul by Turner Pocock to create the feeling of a spacious New York loft apartment in London, England, United Kingdom. Use of neutral colors and finished accented with splashes of color for interest. Finishes flow through the 1,500 square foot house seamlessly from room to room and floor to floor avoiding any division of spaces. Doorways have been lifted to generate height and the balustrades installed in glass open up the central staircase. Turner Poock were responsible for interior architecture throughout as well as converting the garage into a living space and the roof terrace into a large external garden.
Turner Pocock is a leading interior design company providing the highest quality design services for both private residential and commercial projects in the United Kingdom and abroad. The company designs inspiring traditional and contemporary spaces – taking the lead from the client’s brief and the building to create environments that work perfectly in both form and function. They provide a comprehensive service that is tailored and scaled to meet the precise requirements of individual projects.
Photos: Courtesy of Turner Pocock
This recently completed mixed-use project is a five storey brick clad building marking the corner of Orsman Road and Whitmore Road, designed by Trevor Horne Architects in London, England. The mixed-use scheme houses studios for artists and architects on the ground and first floors, with three floors of spacious residential apartments sitting above. It is a simple framed structure reflecting the neighbouring warehouse buildings. A concrete Cobiax system allows for large spanning floor slabs with few internal columns, giving great flexibility for layouts.
There are six generous apartments, each with 3m high ceilings and ample living areas. Some materials expressed in the spaces are exposed concrete soffits, waxed oak flooring and basalt stone. The building has a tripartite composition of base, middle and top. Its volume is sculpted to respond to its urban location, marking the corner at its highest points, with balconies cut into the mass, lining through with neighboring cornices and stepping down to form a private courtyard to its two storey neighbor.
Photos: Courtesy of Trevor Horne Architects
The two top floors of the iconic Westbourne Grove Church were converted by DOS Architects into a stunning home in the heart of Notting Hill, London, England. The clients wanted to create a space of openness and transparency, combining their desire for cutting-edge technology with a love of clean, luxurious designs, while respecting the traditional Gothic details of this historic building. The entire 4,300 square foot apartment is centered around a large double-height, light-filled space framed by spectacular arched windows, perfectly encapsulating the views beyond.
Our clients wanted interiors and design features to highlight, and not compete with the beauty of the church. In this way, the cantilevered glass staircase and glass-walled master bathroom are perfectly set-off against the Gothic arched windows. The new lay-out adds space and natural light to the entire home, while allowing for a seamless balance between areas to entertain in and those which remain private throughout this spectacular penthouse.
Photos: Courtesy of DOS Architects
Ensconced in a beautiful, leafy corner of Brook Green, DOS Architects have turned two classic Victorian terraces into one outstanding family home on Souldern Road, London, UK. The client’s vision was a bright, modern and spacious home which the architects achieved by retaining the overall structure of the 4,574 square foot (425 square meters) house and creating an ambitious rear extension. The result is a gracious double-height void which connects the kitchen and dining room on the lower floor to the rest of the public areas of the house.
The glass box is flanked by a cantilevered shear wall, serving to realign the house on a north-south axis. The new volume of the house is a natural continuation of the house’s existing geometry, and we used material contrasts to create a smooth but visually exciting contrast between the indoor and outdoor spaces. We are very proud of this entirely liveable, comfortable and yet definitively stylish home which our clients tell us they now never want to leave.
Photos: Courtesy of DOS Architects
Little Venice is a recently completed house extension by DOS Architects in the very desirable Little Venice neighborhood of West London, England, United Kingdom. The architecturally sensitive building was a Grade II-listed Victorian semi-detached house. The architects brief was “to inject a breath of fresh air into the property while keeping some of the splendid features and character with which our client had fallen in love when first viewing the property,” states the architects.
From the architects: This led us to focus our intervention on the lower ground floor, where most of the original features had already been removed by the previous owners. In order to create a more family-friendly space on the lower ground floor, we chose to free up some of the internal partitions and add a rear extension to draw more natural light into the property. The extension, consisting of a high-tech stainless steel frame with glass inserts, became a bold addition to the house that, we believe, further enhances the beauty of both architectures by virtue of their contrasting nature.
Photos: Courtesy of DOS Architects
Holland Park Avenue is a beautiful four-story Georgian house that has been updated by DOS Architects in London, England, United Kingdom. At the request of the client, this Grade II listed home was in need of modern updates while at the same time keeping its original quirks while creating a perfect family home – with all the latest creature comforts – which would simultaneously form the ideal backdrop for a truly spectacular art collection. This 5,382 square feet (500 square meters) masterpiece was originally built by a renowned artist, where natural light was at the heart of the construction. “Our aim was to perfectly complement this with cleverly installed and complimentary artificial lighting throughout,” states the architects.
Because the facade is untouchable, we set about altering the interior ceiling heights and updating the lay-out and technology throughout. On the top floor, the artist’s studio has been transformed into a spectacular master bedroom, featuring the double-height vaulted windows onto the garden below. Our aim was to complement the fantastic art and our client’s decor, and judging from the attention this property has since received in the press, we think we did just that.
Photos: Courtesy of DOS Architects