Shortlisted: Hartmann Designs enter the awards with a London penthouse

Hartmann Designs are shortlisted for the Residential £1 – £2.5 Million (Property Value) award in the International Design& Architecture Awards 2014.

A penthouse apartment situated on the South Bank, with far reaching views over the city of London. Hartmann Designs tackled this brief with a completely fresh approach – ‘rough-lux’.

“The Client requested that the project should have a unique style and quirky feel and be different to any other typical London Penthouse Apartment.” explains Roland Hartmann, Managing Director and Head Interior Designer of Hartmann Designs. The use of natural wood and high shine materials throughout evokes an ambient feel of rough luxury. A conscious effort was made to source all materials from English suppliers and craftsmen. The overall design is one of loft-style open plan living, with the central focus on an alternative and impressive spiral staircase.


Within the apartment there are 2 en-suite bedrooms in which statement walls made from wooden panels take residents from bedroom to bathroom, where the luxurious feel is continued in crisp neutral décor with statement silver and bronze metal detailing. The use of these similarly natural and yet contrasting materials, wood and metal, help to evoke this rough-lux concept and give the entire space a plush and warming atmosphere.


The lower level of the apartment is open plan with kitchen, dining and entertaining area. There is a small work space which is behind sliding panels so that when entertaining this area is concealed. Similar timber paneling and flooring have been used throughout to continue the concept of a loft feel and faux grass has been placed on the balcony which not only looks great but feels good underfoot too.