design et al are delighted to announce the successful shortlist for Dyer Grimes Architects for the Residential £5 Million+ (Property Value) Award.
The client was living in a ground floor period mansion apartment in Emperor’s Gate, South Kensington. When the apartment above and the apartment below came up for sale they jumped at the opportunity to create one large bespoke family home.
The ground floor apartment comprised a large appointed living room with 3.5m ceiling heights and a series of smaller cellular rooms. The basement apartment had suffered ad-hoc alterations and was dark and tired. The challenge was to reconfigure the internal structure of all three floors and link them to create a comfortable family home.
As a result the building has been transformed into a unique dwelling, combining contemporary architectural features while enhancing the property’s period pedigree. The interiors have been lovingly restored and enhanced with one-off pieces sourced from around the world and the finest fixtures and fittings throughout.
Dyer Grimes Architecture has created a stunning centre point to the house bringing the three floors together via a generous atrium and sculptural feature staircase. The designs provided views and light to the centre of the plan, linking the generous living room at ground floor with the open plan kitchen and dining room, and courtyard in the basement.
The basement makes use of a new polished concrete floor that reflects the light which pours in from the elegant Crittal doors to the courtyards. The original brickwork has been exposed and white washed to provide texture to the space. A designer kitchen has been installed with an island unit made of a beautiful charcoal coloured stone with visible fossils.
A seamless integration of three uniquely designed spaces.