Luxury interior design and property development group Howes & Rigby have successfully won the Residential £20 Million Plus Award in the International Design and Architecture Awards 2013.
The project: was an 11,000sqft house in the heart of Knightsbridge, designed for a private client to the highest specification.
“When we initially acquired the property for a client it was originally 8,600sqft and had been severely compromised by a somewhat haphazard conversion in the early 1990’s. We knew however that it could be re-developed and totally re-designed to fulfil our client’s own specification. The property has since grown by some 3,000sqft due to the acquisition and excavation of a neighbouring mews house, which also provides three off-street parking spaces. The accommodation in the mews house, that now connects to the main residence, provides three large bedroom suites and a large gymnasium in the basement, complete with interconnecting sauna, steam room, shower rooms, a separate treatment room and a juice bar.” – Howes & Rigby
The client: was looking for a retreat-come-resort feel – at once opulent but also practical for a family with four children.
“The brief and budget were uncompromising. The £300,000 circular glass elevator ascends to a roof terrace on the second storey, which is situated next to a fabulous teenager’s bedroom suite with a loft-like study above. There are three further suites in the main house, including a sumptuously serene master bedroom. There are no fewer than 32 screens throughout the property including a curving ‘nine-in-one’ set up in the media room. As a full turnkey scheme, the property has been dressed down to the bed linen. The client wanted a boutique hotel home in the heart of Knightsbridge and they were absolutely thrilled with the result!” – Howes & Rigby
On the completed project, the designers commented: “It is always great to be challenged with your work, and with such a large volume of space, this was one of the most interesting challenges that we have been faced with. There is nothing better than watching the pieces of the puzzle, seen through from start to finish, coming together to create such a spectacular result. It was also a great chance to be able to use a large number of specialist finishes and be more experimental with our designs.”
Find out more about Howes & Rigby, who are also members of The Design Society, here