Mayfair House is a custom designed home by Squire and Partners in Mayfair, London, featuring a striking bespoke leaf facade which mirrors an established Virginia Creeper on a facing building on Curzon Street. The contemporary interpretation of leaves are crafted as a metallic shingle, which cover a three-storey elevation and rooftop pavilion. The PPC coated folded aluminium leaves – 4,080 in total – subtly vary in tones of bronze to mimic organic growth patterns. The concept was designed over a three year period of research and development working closely with Swiss manufacturer Tuchschmid. Westminster planning committee described the proposal as ‘striking’ and ‘raising the bar for design within the borough’.
The project involved the retention of an existing 18th century facade facing Waverton Street, and the design of a new building comprising three linked volumes to create a unique home in central Mayfair. The accommodation provides five bedrooms, a swimming pool, gymnasium, cinema, rooftop pavilion and two separate roof terraces. The interior design was carried out by Bill Bennette Design, creating luxury and timeless interiors.
The east and west portions of the building are finished with a stucco render to match the existing retained Waverton Street facade, with full height bronze framed windows of traditional Georgian proportions. A discreet Cotswold Buff brick facade with oak framed windows faces the more utilitarian Red Lion Yard.
The middle part of the building is set back from the restored listed wall on Chesterfield Gardens to create a lightwell drawing daylight into the central spaces, and features a playful bespoke leaf facade. The facade of this element takes inspiration from a facing building on Curzon Street, mirroring an established Virginia Creeper with a contemporary interpretation of leaves expressed as a metallic shingle.
Construction involved sandwiching the retained facade between two steel frames which was then suspended while piling and construction of the lower ground floor took place. This floor then became a platform from which excavation of the two basement floors and construction of the concrete frame above could happen simultaneously, speeding up the weather tightness of the site and fast-tracking the program.
At the center of the c-shaped building internally, a grand double height space gives views into the lightwell which features a living wall planted with a variety of native plants. Social spaces are located off the main double height volume, with the gymnasium, cinema and swimming pool situated in the two basement floors. Bedrooms are organized on the upper two levels, above which sits the stunning leaf- clad rooftop pavilion.
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One Hyde Park is a luxury residential complex with one of the most exclusive addresses in the world, created by award-winning architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, in London. One Hyde Park is an important 21st century addition to London’s architectural landscape — a landmark building that is iconic in form, celebratory in spirit and respectful to its environment. The building has been designed in four pavilions to create maximum light permeability throughout each apartment. The angled form of the architecture ensures breathtaking views from every internal space, without having to compromise on privacy or security.
The building is comprised of 86 apartments and duplexes – including four penthouses – and three retail units at ground-floor level fronting onto Knightsbridge. Additional facilities for residents include a private cinema, private wine-tasting facility, bullet proof windows, purified air systems, “panic rooms”, 21 meters swimming pool, a squash court, saunas, a gym, a golf simulator, a wine cellar, room service and 60 trained staff on call 24 hours a day, and a business suite and meeting rooms. Renowned lighting artist, James Turrell has created a unified lighting concept that interacts with the development’s architecture. It includes perimeter lighting for the five glass stair and lift structures and a colorful light display (the LEDs are a mix of red, green, blue and white lamps that, when combined, can render every possible color in the spectrum).
Candy & Candy have exclusively designed all the communal areas including the spa and recreation facilities, the grand double-height reception space, Park Library and Serpentine Suite. Each apartment is finished to their exacting standards and they have carefully designed and assigned to each apartment either of the two exclusively designed base build palettes, light or dark. Each palette provides the perfect foundation on which residents can imprint their own interior design personality with the help of Candy & Candy’s design team if they so desire.
The apartments also include provisional writing for audio visual systems and visual systems and programmed lighting controls which will enable residents to select their preferred suppliers for all their personal audio visual requirements.
The vision of Candy & Candy is to create the most exquisite interiors for the most exclusive address in the world. Each apartment has been designed to reveal the beautiful and carefully designed proportions and every detail has been considered to ensure the experience of living at One Hyde Park is unsurpassed.
This early Victorian mid-terraced house lies on a peaceful residential street close to very popular Westbourne Grove in west London, England. A lengthy collaboration between the owner and Gianni Botsford Architects has resulted in a bachelor playground designed to indulge and please at every turn. This masterpiece of design and style is more or less traditional in layout but has some quite fabulous contemporary additions and imaginative finishes, notably from Jimmie Martin, Tom Dixon and Abigail Ahern. The full-length drawing room is on the raised ground floor, as one would expect, but to the rear a bold gallery drops down into the kitchen/dining room below, linking the two spaces.
Passing the rear roof deck, the surprises continue, and include a fully equipped cinema room. The Bulthaup kitchen (using Gaggenau and Sub Zero appliances) is genius in design, while the low visual impact blends perfectly with the cozy rough brick floors, natural surface finishes and Eames furniture. At the rear, a bank of rotating glass panels provides views of a terraced garden and a lush-green living wall. The brilliant primary bedroom suite on the upper floors, double in height, offers complete sanctuary. A central spiral staircase leads to a mezzanine office and gallery, and from here a bridge takes you to a suntrap roof terrace via an enormous sliding glass panel. Elsewhere are two double bedrooms, a guest bathroom and a utility room with Miele appliances.
A small rear garden has been reinvigorated with a green living wall and center pivot frameless glass doors from the new kitchen and dining area.
Particular emphasis has been made on creating different atmospheres for each function throughout the house.
Listed for sale at $9,636,000, from here.
This modern Loft Space in Camden has been transformed into a bright and dynamic living-working space by London based studio Craft Design. Originally used as an open plan office space, the challenge was to convert the 602 square foot (56 square meters) property into a bespoke and innovative environment that efficiently and creatively responds to the demands of living in London. In response to the brief, the idea was to maximize the sense of space as well as keeping a simple and efficient layout. The solution successfully achieved this with the introduction of a single volume located central to the loft where all the services are accommodated. Detached from the facades and ceilings this element has divided the open plan into several spaces for different uses such as Kitchen-Dinning, Living Room, Storage, Bathroom and a Mezzanine for the sleeping and working area.
The 4.5 m height party wall and roof eaves have been fully used with shelves and storage, which serve the whole space. The stair to access the mezzanine level was cleverly integrated into this single piece of furniture. The rest was about keeping a simple palette in terms of materials and colors to allow the owner collection of objects, art and books give the wall an authentic personality to the space.
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Interior architecture firm TG-Studio has transformed this three bedroom penthouse located in England’s famed St Pancras Chambers. The apartment is one of three penthouses in the 52 unit development by the Manhattan loft corporation. It covers the top three floors of the west tower of this famous London landmark. The client hired TG studio to transform the unit from the standard developer spec into a personal and luxurious home.
As the property is of highest public interest and the interiors listed by English Heritage as very significant, the floor plan had to be broadly maintained but all staircases were replaced. The Studio and client worked closely together removing all bathrooms, floor finishes, built in wardrobes and the kitchen. The master bedroom, which is located on the top floor, is now reached through a new staircase that turns around an oak clad storage room reached off the main entrance hall. The floor area on this level was enlarged and separated into a walk in wardrobe, finished in oak and sheep leather and personalized to the client’s needs. The master bedroom space is open plan but can be closed to the triple height living room by an electrical operated curtain.
The lower open floor plan is laid out as a relaxed kitchen zone, dining area and TV watching area. The TV area is located opposite the kitchen and balances in its elevation the open plan kitchen. The joinery accommodates the AV equipment and a visible library and is kept very white with arrabascato stone as a vertical feature behind the TV. The dining table is from Poliform as are the chairs; the sofa is from zanotti, the rug from the rug company.
The middle and lower floor (floor 4 & 5 of the building) are occupied by two levels of entertaining. A new staircase has been designed connecting both levels, featuring oak veneer, plain glass and wooden stringers painted in off white. The staircase consists of a bridge that connects to a library which is cantilevering the main part of the staircase. This library unit is the feature of the staircase and also forms the balustrade to one side. It offers storage for books, statues and other artifacts collected by the owner.
The upper floor measures approximately 800 square feet and accommodates a very comfortable seating area and a zone for the pool table, a collector’s item owned by the client. The living room features furniture from Poltrona frau, knoll and Lema.
The penthouse gives access to two bedrooms with a dressing area and en-suite each a secondary entrance to the apartment and a guest WC and storage. The two en-suite bathrooms are located in two gothic towers of the building which gives them great views of the surrounding area and a triple ceiling height. They have been finished in Arrabascato marble and each feature a low hanging chandelier to play with the unusual ceiling height.
The bathroom features an extra-large walk in shower with a flush TV and a bespoke double sink unit finished in the stone, mirror and the textile oak present throughout the Penthouse, which enhances the earthy and organic feel of this sanctuary.
The Studio selected and furnished the entire penthouse and a meridiani bed in blue velvet was chosen in this bedroom flanked by vividly colored lacquered bedside tables from Lema. The master en-suite has been enlarged too and now features a Portuguese travertine stone which has a cave like quality.
This incredible conversion of an 1860′s Venetian Gothic style water tower by Arc Restoration encompasses five bedrooms, each with a different theme, two reception rooms, one with panoramic views of London and an eat-in, contemporary designed kitchen. The tower has an extension, nick named The Cube which houses the kitchen and reception room, as well as providing roof space for a fabulous terrace with skyline views. The Prospect Room at the top of the tower, in what was the original water tank, is the crowning glory of this monumental conversion comprised of 4,483 square feet (416 square meters). The four bathrooms, each with a personality of its own, have views and smart glass windows to switch between clear and opaque glass to ensure no view is unappreciated while privacy is retained when required. The property also features excellent security, a gym, lift, cellar and a garage, all of which are added benefits. Excellent attention to detail in the entire property, which was once owned by Charlie Chaplin, has been carefully considered.
Listed for sale at $7,393,375.00, from here.
Little Venice House was designed for a family of four by Andy Martin Architect in Little Venice, West London, England. Warren and Claire Johnson live in Little Venice with their two young boys Charlie, three, and Jake, two. Their apartment is set on the ground floor of grade I listed mansion terrace overlooking one of London’s most beautiful garden squares. With ceilings reaching 4.5 meters, the space has been designed and converted to suit their busy work and family lifestyle. The architects were appointed to help achieve this.
Private rooms moved to the north and public living spaces to the south overlooking the gardens. Every area has been remodeled to offer abundant storage and walls purposely left free to offer space for their expanding art collection. Existing details were removed from doors and walls and reinstated the moulded ceilings and parquet flooring. New elements are made obvious by the use of color or texture, and are designed more like interventions.
This stunning Victorian flat in Notting Hill, London was designed by interior designer Katrina Phillips and her assistant Georgiana Huddart. The owner is a movie producer who chose to purchase the home to share with his wife and daughter as a vacation getaway. The Victorian facade gives way to the interior with a cozy and quiet elegance. The deep respect to the architectural heritage, the history and aesthetics of the building, guided throughout the project, but distribution, setting and treatment of the spaces start from a contemporary concept.
They selected the latest technology for comfort and safety, and a deliciously timeless style. In addition, an interesting work of research was conducted for each space: choice of colors, fabrics, furniture, decorative objects, nothing was left to chance. For example, they decided on a color palette of stone, ivory, antique gold, oxide red, ocher, which was the advice of an expert in historical painting. The treatment of light and colors was inspired by those used by the Italian painter Caravaggio and also the work of the master of the modern decor, the Belgian Axel Vervoordt.
Blake House is a spectacular property in London, England that boasts a spacious open floor plan, high ceilings and bright spaces. With a loft-like feel, the apartment features a master bedroom retreat with a staircase that leads down into the voluminous space, with a two-story ceiling height, en-suite bathroom, and private home office. The apartment is perfect for entertaining, with a wall of glass paned windows that separates the living room from the fully equipped kitchen with breakfast nook. The home is decorated with a predominately neutral color palette with bold pops of red color scattered throughout.
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Photos: Courtesy of 1st Option
Mapledene Road house is situated in a conservation area in Hackney, London. The property had been stripped of virtually all its period features and had become run down and used as a “crack den” leaving it ripe for modernization. Refurbishment was conceived of as a landscape of interventions and new components by London-based Platform 5 Architects. The cellular ground floor was opened up and extended to the rear to allow the spaces to flow into each other and to the garden whilst the existing layout to the first floor was largely retained. Each room maintains an individual character giving a varied experience as you move through the house.
The kitchen and patio areas are unified by a power-floated concrete floor and London stock brick garden wall giving the internal space an external character. The existing flank wall has been removed and the kitchen is applied as a lining to the rough brickwork. A modern structural glass oriel window lined with cherry wood projects into the garden and juxtaposes with the Victorian bay that projects into the street. The expansive glass roof over the kitchen opens up the view to the sky; you can watch the planes fly over and the swifts catching flies.
Daylight is brought in from above to illuminate previously dark spaces, the walls, floors, roof, glazing and appliances have been upgraded to modern standards for insulation and efficiency. Overheating and glare in the kitchen is managed by shading from the surrounding buildings and trees, high thermal mass and the use of solar-control glass and blinds.
Photos: Courtesy of Platform 5 Architects