London-based interior design firm Casa Forma has just sent us images of their latest project, One Hyde Park, the most exclusive address in the world, located in Knightsbridge, London, United Kingdom. Completed in December 2013, this stunning apartment reflects luxury, sophistication, and timeless interior design. The apartment is situated in a major residential and retail complex, with three retail units totaling 385,000 square feet and 86 residential properties. These hyper-luxury apartments range in price from around $4 million to $182 million USD.
When creating the interior design scheme for this 4,535 square foot apartment in One Hyde Park, Casa Forma’s focus was on practicality and functionality, whilst at the same time exuding the very best in bespoke luxury and elegance. The result is a sophisticated and timeless design, and a comfortable family home.
The immediate focus on entering the apartment is the long corridor leading to the main living space, with its magnificent views of Hyde Park itself.
Two features serve to particularly distinguish the corridor. Firstly, high-gloss sycamore panels add light and subtlety. And then, on the other side of the panel, an abstract map of the Hyde Park pathways – the bronze clasps and metalized panels and resin of which combine to create a subtle 3D effect.
The interior design of the main living space focuses on maximizing those incredible views of Hyde Park. Accents of beveled glass relief on mirrors framing all the joinery add an Art Deco touch to the room.
The modernist chandelier in the main living room is made from a collection of Brazilian rock crystals and bronze frame; the glow it emits visually increasing the ceiling height through its cut-outs. And at the entrance lobby, twin chandeliers designed with smoked quartz shards create a delicate quality of light, enhancing the ambiance of the space.
One of the four original bedrooms has been converted into a multi-function study room, which can also transform into a games room. The furniture is made from darkened solid Indian Rosewood in piano high gloss finish, and with the bespoke leather sofa able to convert into a large guest double-bed, this room can also easily be turned into a bedroom.
The introduction of a Swedish dry sauna in the en-suite bathroom linked to the study room was one of the most challenging aspects of this project. But thanks to Casa Forma’s strong architectural acumen, this small yet complex feature turned out to be an extremely successful addition to the property.
The powder room has been clad in silver & gold-leafed, treated with acid to create a tarnished effect for a more distressed and aged look.
In the dining room, the bronze profile and glass joinery is framed by a subtly backlit tortoise shell and tiger eye mosaic, while exquisitely
colored brown glass chandelier pendants hang over the dining table.
Photos: Courtesy of Casa Forma
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
Responding sensitively to the existing Edwardian architecture, Chevron House designed by Andy Martin Architects is a new five bedroom family house in a creative suburb of West London, England. Inspired by the architecture of the existing elegantly proportioned spaces, the design sets out to exaggerate, by scaling the space by removing walls, and attaching new space to create a large Edwardian warehouse on each of the three levels. The ground floor, the public level is essentially one space which is divided only by the use of color and material. On the second and third levels, the private floors, bedrooms merge into bathrooms and visa versa.
The rear of the property has new extensions off both the living and kitchen reaching into the garden to absorb the light from the south. The clients brief to use color extensively was applied in such that the walls and ceilings are left light in color (off white) and that only elements or interventions (joinery etc) would be strongly colored giving the house a lighter atmosphere with greater sense of perspective.
The client is a collector of contemporary British art and it was also an important part of the brief for AMA to how one may integrate it within the house.
Photos: Courtesy of Andy Martin Architects